The Summer Nationals Tour featuring The Offspring – Tickets – Pier Six Pavilion – Baltimore, MD – July 30th, 2014

The Summer Nationals Tour featuring The Offspring

98 Rock & Live Nation present

The Summer Nationals Tour featuring The Offspring

Bad Religion, Pennywise, The Vandals

07/30/2014

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

Pier Six Pavilion

Baltimore, MD

$39.50 GA Pavilion; $29.50 GA Lawn

The Offspring
The Offspring
**Performing the "Smash" album plus new & classic songs**

The Offspring are Dexter Holland (vocals, guitar), Noodles (guitar), Greg K (bass) and Pete Parada (drums). Following a riot at a 1984 Social Distortion show, high school buddies Dexter and Greg K decided to start a band of their own in Garden Grove, California. The Offspring have now put out 8 records, performed over 1000 shows across the globe and are known for their many hits including "Self Esteem," "Come Out And Play (Keep 'Em Separated)," "The Kids Aren't Alright," "Hammerhead" and "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid."
Bad Religion
Bad Religion
Preeminent punk band Bad Religion will release their new album True North this January 22nd on Epitaph Records. In a world still brimming with rampant anti intellectualism, inequality and oppression, the band's signature brand of sonically charged humanist dissent seems as relevant as ever. On their newest record, the storied band deliberately revisits and refines the powerful and melodic Southern California sound they helped to define on albums such as Suffer, No Control and Recipe For Hate.

"We went back to our original mission statement of short concise bursts of melody and thought," co-songwriter and guitarist Brett Gurewitz explains. "The intent was to record stripped down punk songs without sacrificing any conceptual density."

The band began in the sprawling suburbs surrounding Los Angeles. As insurgent teenage punks they offered an impassioned musical counterpoint to a dystopian culture of consumerism and anti intellectualism. Founding members Greg Graffin, Brett Gurewitz and Jay Bentley were eventually joined by Brian Baker of hardcore pioneers Minor Threat and a supremely talented drummer named Brooks Wackerman. In the following years the band was a major force in reinvigorating the modern punk movement, produced beloved international hits such as "Infected," "21st Century (Digital Boy)" and "Sorrow" and has maintained an impassioned worldwide following of young and old who continue embrace a music that gives voice to, and celebrates, their dissent.

Produced by the band and Joe Barresi, True North celebrates the power of cogent punk in the face of personal pain and adversity. It is one of the band's most emotionally accessible albums to date. Beneath the bristling guitars and surging drums exists one of the most cathartic works of the band's career. "I think working within certain restrictions took away the mental aspect and let us devote more attention to conveying feeling," co-writer and guitarist Greg Graffin says. "We all go through pain and the best elements of punk give us hope in those dark times."

There are tracks which, as the band has continuously done throughout their career, ardently address world issues. There is the hard charging "Robin Hood In Reverse," "Land of Endless Greed" and "Dharma And The Bomb" which features guitarist Gurewitz singing over some classic Southern Cal punk. As Gurewitz explains, "The song's lyrics speak about the danger of radical religious movements inheriting the fruits of science (like nuclear weapons) without the benefit of its liberal traditions."

The album's first single is a joyously propulsive anthem succinctly called "F*ck You." As Graffin explains, "If any band should have a song with that title it should be us. It just sounds like a perfect Bad Religion song."

Other tracks like mid tempo "Hello Cruel World" veer into a far more expressive terrain. The album's title song "True North" utilizes a wall of guitars and charged beat to explore issues of alienation and loss informed by Graffin's recent life experiences. "The song is written from the perspective of a kid who is running away," Graffin explains. "He says 'I'm out of here, I'm off to find true north.' It's about recognizing that you don't fit in and trying to find a truth and purpose. Those are all classic punk themes. We still remember exactly what it feels like to be a disaffected kid in this world. And I think we were able to convey that particularly well on this album."

His cohort Gurewitz adds, "I think we both really responded to the challenge of writing short and fast songs on this record. The constraints set us free. Like moves in a game of chess, there are really as many variations as there are stars in the galaxy."
Pennywise
Pennywise
In the ever turbulent world of punk rock music, New York City claims the Ramones and Los Angeles proudly boasts PENNYWISE, the most significant hardcore band to emerge from SoCal punk’s second wave.
A thriving, ground-breaking punk rock band for over 25years, the Hermosa Beach group has seen members come and go but it’s relentless, in-your-face, middle finger in the air, anthem-chanting sound has never wavered one iota.

The genesis of PENNYWISE can be traced back to the South Bay 1988 when punk couldn’t be less popular and metal ruled the roost. The four original members of PENNYWISE immediately crafted a style all its own—a tidal wave of California hardcore, melodic surf punk and optimistic anthems that went against the seek-and-destroy ethos of its era.

The band would go on to amass an international following through relentless touring and a melodic high energy sound merging melodic surf punk, blistering hardcore and the classic punk of their youth. The group has solidified their place in punk history with songs like the raging “F*** Authority,” “Alien” and the band’s now legendary ode to brotherhood and departed friends “Bro Hymn.”
The Vandals
The Vandals
Orange County punk veterans the Vandals trace their roots back to the earliest days of their local scene, but didn't really make much of an impact as recording artists until the '90s. By that time, their snide, terminally juvenile humor and catchy punk-pop had done a great deal to set the tone of Orange County's thriving punk and ska scene. Clear spiritual forefathers of bands like the Offspring, blink-182, and Less Than Jake, the Vandals took their cues from early punk comedians like the Dickies and the Descendents, ratcheting up the wiseass factor and delighting in dumb, lowbrow jokes. Sometimes satirical and mostly silly, the Vandals also remained staunchly independent for their entire career, releasing records on a variety of punk indies that afforded them financial and creative control. What was more, their steady lineup from 1989 on afforded them a degree of stability uncommon in punk circles. Solid career management allowed the Vandals to thrive up into the new millennium, over two decades after their formation. – Steve Huey, All Music

We couldn't have said it any better than that guy. With 11 full length studio albums in the rear view mirror, and all the EPs, singles, comps, DVDs, "best ofs", etc. that go with that kind of a catalog, the Vandals have been taking it easy lately, selecting only the "most fun" occasions to play, often limited by drummer Josh Freese's touring schedule as a member of Weezer, Devo, and Sting. It has actually become more of a men's club than anything else. With the same 4 guys playing together for over 21 years, it's just good fun to get in a tour bus, or on a plane, and go play some of the goofiest punk rock ever recorded for loyal fans across the globe. Recent performances include Red Rocks, Warped Tour dates, Groezrock Festival in Belgium, PunkAfoolic Festival in Japan, Edge Fest in Las Vegas, Bamboozle in California, Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, and a regular trip to Hawaii for shows on Oahu and Maui.

Like the man said above, it wasn't until the mid 1990s when the Vandals turned pro and started recording and touring the world full time with bands like No Doubt, Offspring, NOFX, Pearl Jam and dozens of headlining tours in the U.S., Europe, the UK, and Japan. During this period, the Vandals prospered from being accepted by the Warped Tour culture and the explosion of punk rock fans that arrived in 1994. The Vandals are actually featured in the film "1994" about this era of punk music.

Of course, the Vandals had a rich history before this flurry of activity, appearing in Roger Corman's "Suburbia," Penelope Spheeris' "Dudes," and currently featured in the documentary "We Were Feared" about the legendary Orange Country night club The Cuckoo's Nest.

In 2004 a bit of controversy began to surround the Vandals when they were first sued by the Hollywood trade publication "Daily Variety" for "trademark counterfeiting," "misuse of a font," and other such trumped up absurd charges in connection with their release "Hollywood Potato Chip." Christmas of that year found the Vandals performing for the troops at forward operating bases in war torn Iraq. In response, the European concert circuit organized boycott's of the Vandals February 2005 European tour and the band was almost ripped to shreds by an angry Greek mob in Athens, shutting down the Vandals attempted performance, and their lucrative European career. "It was over: over-night actually," said bassist Escalante, "but we doubled down and went to Afghanistan to entertain the troops again the first chance we got, and we would do all of it it all over again the same way, despite the costs."

2010 found the Vandals being sued again by the Daily Variety but this time the Vandals one, and the Daily Variety was sold and taken off the news stands. Yay!

2012/13 have the Vandals playing more shows than previous 5 years combines, in our heads, include Soundwave 2013 Australian Tour with Metalica, Slayer, Linkin Park, and Blink 182.

July 2013: The Vandals are in the studio recording jam after jam for release in 2014.

Personally, the singer still owns an alcohol distribution company, the guitarist still scores films and works on the children's shows Aquabats Super Show and Yo Gaba Gaba. The bass player is still a radio host and record label owner, and the drummer is still a famous drummer.
Venue Information:
Pier Six Pavilion
731 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD, 21202
http://www.piersixpavilion.com/