Dexter Holland and The Offspring’s Noodles on flying fighter jets, supporting the NHS and ‘sniffing gold records’ | Ents & Arts News


If The Offspring’s Dexter Holland were to enter the Guinness World Records Hall of Fame, his accomplishment could be, he thinks, “the biggest thing.”

“Goddamn gifted right here – I just drink beer and watch YouTube videos,” says his bandmate, lead guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman, as the duo reflect on Zoom with Sky News that Holland doesn’t he is not only the leader of a multimillionaire group but also a licensed pilot with a doctorate in molecular biology.

Well, I don’t sleep, “he jokes.” I think the band has always been first and foremost for me, that’s what we love to do and that’s my main focus of work. But I’ve always been interested in other things, flying is one of them, scientific research is another. You just have to figure out how to carve out the blocks of time to do these things. “

“We thought we owed them a bit of a step back”: The Offspring will play a concert to support the NHS in Hull. Photo: Tijs Van Leur

Holland and Noodles have shared their expertise on certain topics in YouTube videos, How To… With The Offspring; the latest information on how to fly a fighter jet. It turns out that Noodles is an avid bird watcher, while Holland can catch a wave as well.

But this is all right after The Offspring, the punk rock band who rose to fame in the 1990s with their third album Smash and sold 40 million records, best known for their hits such as Pretty Fly (For A White Guy). and Original. Prankster.

Earlier this year, the band released their 10th album and the first in a decade, Let The Bad Times Roll. The title song was written before 2020, during a time of deep political division in the United States.

The bad times, Holland said, had indeed “rolled for sure” long before the pandemic hit. However, a locked-down world really cemented it.

After making their live comeback earlier in 2021, they are once again preparing for a UK tour and promising fans “a good time to celebrate the bad times”.

“We are tiptoeing back there because things are definitely not normal yet,” said Holland. “It’s in spurts and two steps forward and one step back, but it gets there.”

When they come to the UK later in November, the group’s concerts will include a free concert in Hull. in support of the NHS and frontline workers. While several British acts – of Liam Gallagher and The Charlatans to JLS and Rick Astley – have done that too, it’s a significant gesture from an American group.

“We come to the UK pretty much every year, it’s like a second home for us in so many ways,” says Noodles. “The NHS and the frontline workers are doing a phenomenal job, they are really putting themselves in danger to protect us all. We thought we owed them a bit of back.

“We thought it was so important to recognize,” said Holland. “This is such an unusual time and all of these people in these departments really stepped up to help humanity. So that was important to us.”

Earlier this year, the duo reworked the band’s 1994 hit, Come Out And Play, changing the lyrics from “you gotta keep them separate” to “you gotta get the shot.” A few months later, drummer Pete Parada said it was decided it was “dangerous to be around” because he could not get the COVID-19 vaccine due to underlying health issues, and that he would not be joining the band on tour. The headlines said he was kicked out of the group.

“He hasn’t really been left out of the squad, even at this point,” says Holland. “He wasn’t able or didn’t want to get vaccinated and we couldn’t take an unvaccinated person on tour with us. We looked at it, you know, we tried to work all these different scenarios and we had kept running into roadblocks. And so we needed to have a crew and group fully vaccinated. “

Offspring.  Photo: Daveed Benito
Drummer Pete Parada (left) hasn’t toured with the band this year. Photo: Daveed Benito

In October, Noodles tested positive for COVID-19 and told fans on Twitter that being vaccinated “certainly made it easier” and “maybe just saved my life.”

“We understand how vaccines work and we trust them,” he told Sky News. “We think they are safe. There are people who are legitimately unable to get vaccinated, we understand that. And so I think those who can should do it for those people as well.”

In addition to supporting health workers and helping to spread the vaccine message, The Offspring also addresses other issues through its music. The Opioid Diaries, by Let The Bad Times Roll, takes a look at drug addiction issues in America, with a powerful video outlining the statistics in black and white.

” I often think [people] think about our funnier, lighter songs, but there’s always a serious side of us on the albums too, “says Holland.” We thought this song was important to write because addiction in general is something that needs to be done. be approached [but] it was almost some kind of unintentional addiction … people innocently thought they were getting pain killers they rightfully needed and didn’t realize how addictive it was. “

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They also performed a reworked softer version of Gone Away, from their fourth album Ixnay On The Hombre. During the pandemic, it’s a song that took on new meaning.

“It has been brutal,” Holland said, “over the past 18 months.“ Everyone has suffered a loss with this message and this loss has been particularly poignant over the past two years. “

In addition to the serious songs, fans who will attend the live shows will also get the hits. Still punk rock in their fifties, how do they feel looking at the CV?

“We’re more of a forward-looking band, I think,” says Noodles.

“It’s amazing to have been able to last this long and that’s what we love to do and we certainly realize that we’re very lucky to still be able to do it for sure,” said Holland. “But like Noodles said, that’s not what we rely on. We don’t just walk down the aisle and watch the gold records.”

“Well…” Noodles interrupts. “We take a while to stop and smell the gold records.”

The Offspring’s Let The Bad Times Roll is out now. UK and Ireland tour begins with the show in support of the NHS and key workers in Hull on November 19


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