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The Offspring's A Good Fit For Unity Tour

of the Oakland Press

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311’s annual “Unity Tour” might seem like an odd fit for punk rockers like The Offspring. “They’re a little different than us,” acknowledges Offspring guitarist Brian “Noodles” Wasserman.

But, he says, that’s what makes the package so compelling.

“More and more as we go out and travel all over the world and play with different bands ... that play different kinds of music, it’s really cool,” Noodles, 47, says. “You get inspired in a lot of ways that you wouldn’t otherwise.

“And (311) is a great band. They’ve definitely got some hard rockin’ music as well as some more radio-friendly stuff. I think our fans will like them and we hope their fans will like us, so when the idea was posed to us we thought it sounded like a good fit.”

Noodles says The Offspring also hopes the summer tour will pump up the quartet to finish its next album, which he says has been “going slow” — although the group is performing one, as-yet-untitled new song, on the “Unity Tour” as well as a cover of The Clash’s “Guns of Brixton.” The guitarist says five or six other songs are “close” to being finished, but The Offspring and producer Bob Rock still have a fair amount of work to do before it meets the band’s standards.

“Until we get it done, you never know, but all these songs so far sound like Offspring songs to me,” Noodles says. “Some are a little bit more fast and furious, and then some are a little more mellow. The new one is pretty much a straightforward rock song ...

“We want to get this record out as soon as possible, so we work at it, but at the same time you don’t want to put out something that’s not great. So we spend plenty of time trying to get it right, and ... maybe our senses are a little more fine-tuned, so we tend to nitpick.”

The “Unity Tour 2010” with 311, The Offspring and Pepper plays at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $45 and $29.50 pavilion, $29.50 lawn with an $80 lawn four-pack. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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