American punk rock band The Offspring are coming to Quebec for their tour Let the bad times roll in transit through Canada. Vocalist Dexter Holland and guitarist Noodles are very excited to meet their Quebec fans at the Bell Center on Friday and the Videotron Center on Saturday.
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What can we expect for your performance?
Noodles: “We have a lot of new elements for this tour. We don’t want to reveal everything because we want to keep the surprise for the fans. We’re excited to be back on the road after a year and a half of pandemic-related inactivity. It’s cool to play in front of an audience.
What do you like about your tours in Canada?
Dexter Holland: “There’s Tim Hortons and of course Putin. Seriously, we love performing in Canada. The audience is enthusiastic and brings a lot of love and energy. It’s even more special in Montreal and Quebec. The audience is even better.”
Are the current shows different in terms of atmosphere than they were before the pandemic?
Noodles: “There is a big difference. Both the audience and the band are hungry for live music. There are also more smiles on faces than we have ever seen. We feel like people are happy,” he said.
They have started work on a new album. Is it sometimes a little frustrating composing new material knowing that the audience is more interested in the big hits?
Dexter Holland: “We still love the creative work in the studio. It’s a big part of who we are. We love our old songs that represent us, but we can’t repeat ourselves and do the same things over and over again. We try not to think about it too much and do what we want to do when we’re in the studio.
Noodles: “The Offspring signature is always present in our new songs. People sing them during our shows and one of the biggest public reactions to this tour is during You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid from the Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace album.
Dexter Holland: “It’s still a 2008 track. It’s not that new,” he added, laughing. “Behind Your Wall”, the second single from our current album, is getting a great response.”