The Offspring Bell Stage at the Plains of Abraham, Quebec City QC July 14
Published Jul 16, 2012There are age-old debates about when certain bands need to call it a day. In the case of the Offspring, there's really no debate at all. They need to call it a day.
Never was this more apparent than on the main stage of Festival d'été de Québec. The Offspring's set was the sound of midlife crisis and identity crisis all wrapped into one goof-punk package.
Now don't get me wrong, I will be a supporter of early Offspring to my grave. When Ignition came out in 1992, I mistakenly thought they would surpass Green Day, Bad Religion and Rancid combined in terms of integrity and creativity (hey, I was young). Well, we all know what happened next; the downhill trajectory of the Offspring's musical merit is now legendary.
Their Quebec festival set was comical, a parody of itself by performers who were seemingly unaware of their musical beer gut. And, man, hearing "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" amongst a massive throng of Offspring fans was just a tragic experience.
The only fun part of the set was when they busted out the already infamous new single "Days Go By" and cellphones lit up all over the festival grounds with the same message: "Foo Fighters??!!?" Hang it up, guys.