The Offspring's SUV Bursts into Flames on Canadian Highway

Everyone was thankfully able to escape the blaze unharmed

Photo: Benoit Turcotte

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Aug 8, 2022

Perhaps a self-fulfilling prophecy of Let the Bad Times Roll, the Offspring have been caught in some pretty hell-on-wheels situations lately.

After their Americana album was found at a Vancouver crime scene last month, the band encountered some more bad luck on the Canadian road last Friday (August 5): en route to Rimouski, QC, to play at Les Grandes Fêtes TELUS, one of the Offspring's SUVs burst into flames after an unidentified object sprang off the vehicle in front of them.

Everyone was thankfully unharmed, but lots of personal items — laptops, passports and other luggage — were lost in the blaze. In true punk rock fashion, the outfit also still managed to make it to Rimouski in time for their Saturday (August 6) performance.

"While travelling through Canada yesterday, something flew off the vehicle in front of us and became wedged underneath one of our SUV's [sic] and it caught fire," the band shared via Twitter, alongside video footage of the accident. "Everyone got out safely, but the luggage, passports, laptops and pretty much everything else was destroyed."
They added: "We are happy to report that everyone is doing ok and we've made it safely to Rimouski and will be performing tonight at Les Grandes Fetes [sic] TELUS. Hope to see everyone there!"

Guitarist Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman shared another clip of the blaze, alongside some photos of the vehicle's remains, in an Instagram post. He expressed his gratitude for everyone in the band's crew in the caption, writing:

No one was hurt. Everyone got out of the vehicle unscathed. Unfortunately about half our crew lost all their belongings in the fire, including luggage, computers, & passports. But it could've been much worse. The band & I are so thankful & relieved that all involved are OK.

No one is sure what started the fire yet, but the SUV hit something big & heavy, possibly a lost trailer hitch, and within seconds the vehicle was in flames. You can see from the video that they didn't even get off the Highway before everyone had to bail. No time to save any belongings. Scary shit!

Our crew do all the heavy lifting so that we look & sound as good as possible when we take the stage. They're [sic] travel & workdays are always longer & more arduous than ours, and we can't thank them enough for all they do. To see them have to go through something like this is heartbreaking & frightening. I am so glad they are all OK!

See Wasserman's post below.

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