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The Offspring Kick Off Summer Concert Series

  • (Photos by Lucia Flores)
  • (Photos by Lucia Flores)

by Lucia Flores

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For those who cannot wait for the Los Angeles County Fair to begin, another great option is the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, which just kicked off its Summer Concert Series with Huntington Beach band The Offspring on July 11th.
The Offspring got its start back in 1984, and the band is still going strong, headlining the upcoming Summer Nationals Tour with Pennywise and Bad Religion.
This year, the band is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of their 1994 album “Smash.” “Smash” featured hit singles “Gotta Get Away,” “Self-Esteem,” and “Come Out and Play (Keep ’Em Separated).” It was also the album that catapulted The Offspring into mainstream audiences after selling more than 20 million copies.
After a great performance by supporting act The Adolescents (a punk supergroup made up of members from Agent Orange and Social Distortion), The Offspring hit the stage with a burst of energy.
The band treated the sold-out crowd to a performance of the entire “Smash” album. They kept the audience on their feet throughout the entire set with classics songs that included “Bad Habit,” “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy),” and “Staring at the Sun.”
Ending the show with “The Kid’s Aren’t Alright,” the crowd cheered and sang along, as The Offspring proved once again their longevity and staying power in today’s rock music scene.
The Orange County Fair continues from July 11 to August 10. For more information on the fair and the Summer Concert Series, visit

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
The Offspring Kick Off Summer Concert Series