It's time to locate the CD binder somewhere in a closet. Thumb through the inserts, and as nostalgia washes over, pull out 1994's "required listening" album for angst-filled teenagers and brush up on the Offspring's Smash. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the record that exposed the Huntington Beach, California, band to mainstream audiences and provided its sustained success thereafter.
How will the Offspring celebrate the anniversary? It is touring, stopping at Mesa Amphitheatre on Friday, August 29, and playing Smash live from front to back for the first time.
"The songs are as fresh as ever," says Offspring guitarist Kevin John Wasserman, a.k.a. Noodles, while acknowledging that many of the tracks have been staples of the band's set list for years.
Smash holds the record for bestselling album on an independent label (Epitaph), and its songs appeared in films such as American Pie 2, Orange County, and Idle Hands, and its videos enjoyed extensive airplay on Total Request Live.More »