311/The Offspring/Pepper

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Monday, July 19, 2010

Chip Tamplin recently had the chance to check out the 2010 Unity Tour, which features 311, The Offspring, and Pepper. Look below for his impressions and photos from the show.

Pepper:

Pepper was the perfect way to open up the 2010 Unity Tour. While the crowd was mostly still in the parking lots drinking and barbequing, the few that were able to catch Pepper were definitely dancing along to their set. Compared to the headliners Pepper was shafted as far as set time (a measly 20-25 minutes) but they made it work the best they could, playing four great songs and talking to the crowd a bit in between. Overall I wish they’d been give time for another song or two, but they made due and were definitely the perfect opener for this tour.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 8
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 7
Overall Rating: 8.5

Setlist:

1. Point and Shoot
2. No Control
3. Rent
4. Give It Up

The Offspring:

The Offspring were the band I came to see. They’ve been one of my favorite rock bands for the better part of a decade now (even though they started playing before I was even born) so finally being able to cover one of their shows was a truly awesome experience. With members all over the age of forty (with the exception of drummer Peter Parada who is closing in on the mark), you’d think that the band from Huntington Beach, California would be slowing down, not speeding up, but that isn’t the case for The Offspring, touring rigorously ever since releasing their most recent album Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace in June of 2008.

While 311 were the headliners of this tour, The Offspring could’ve clearly headlined themselves, especially considering the depth of their set list. Playing seventeen songs spanning their entire career, The Offspring played something for everyone and when they played such hits as “Why Don’t You Get A Job?” and “Self Esteem” it was impossible to hear vocalist and guitarist Dexter Holland’s voice over the screams of every fan in attendance. It was a phenomenal set that went on for over an hour and while the majority of the crowd was clearly there for 311, The Offspring definitely came away with an expanded fan base and completely overshadowing 311.

Vocals: 10
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 10
Band Activity: 9
Overall Rating: 10

Setlist:

1. You’re Gonna Go Far Kid
2. Bad Habit
3. The New Song
4. Come Out and Play (Keep ‘Em Separated)
5. Kick Him When He’s Down
6. All I Want
7. Hammerhead
8. Gone Away [Piano version]
9. Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?
10. Gotta Get Away
11. Guns of Brixton [The Clash cover]
12. Why Don’t You Get A Job?
13. Staring At The Sun?
14. Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)
15. (Can’t Get My) Head Around You
16. The Kids Aren’t Alright
17. Self Esteem

311:

This was the second time I’d see 311, the first time being at Virgin Fest in 2007. I didn’t really listen to them before that show, and didn’t start afterwards but I clearly remember being blown away by how good they sounded and how entertaining they were live. So when this tour was announced I jumped at the opportunity to cover it.

After taking their name from the police code for indecent exposure in Omaha NE (their hometown), 311 began a reign of supreme popularity with every one of their albums (after their debut album) debuting in the top 15 of the Billboard Top 200 and having eight top 5 hits. With that being said, 311 have an uncanny ability to fuse multiple genres of rock into one melting pot and come out with a signature sound that few, if any, bands have been able to replicate as well.

Playing a jam-packed set of nearly two hours, 311 also played a host of songs spanning their entire twenty-year career. One of the best things about their show is that no two shows of the tour have had the same set list. They are constantly switching songs in and out and making every show a unique experience for their fans and I think that concept is lost on a lot of bands today so it’s good to see a few veterans paving the way once again. Also of note, singer Nick Hexum mixed up the lyrics from 1st verse of “Life’s Not a Race”, with lyrics from 2nd verse, then sang the words from the 1st verse in the 2nd verse.

After seeing them for the second time I can definitely say they’ve won me over as a fan and I can’t wait for their next tour.

Vocals: 10
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 10
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 10

Setlist:

1. Down
2. Homebrew
3. From Chaos
4. All Mixed Up
5. Jackpot
6. Visit
7. Taiyed
8. Come Original
9. Champagne
10. Applied Science
11. Still Dreaming
12. India Ink
13. Beyond the Gray Sky
14. Let the Cards Fall
15. Nutsymtom
16. Beautiful Disaster
17. Life’s Not A Race
18. Hey You
19. Silver
20. Hive
21. Creatures (For a While)

Encore:

22. Amber
23. Feels So Good

Photos (Bands listed in Alphabetical Order):

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