Epitaph Records hit the jackpot when their band The Offspring released the album Smash, back in 1994. The disc, which featured the hits “Come Out and Play (Keep ‘Em Separated),” “Self Esteem,” and “Gotta Get Away,” went on to sell an estimated 20 million copies, making it one of the most successful independent label releases ever.
That summer, Epitaph put together a three-night stand at the Hollywood Palladium featuring the Offspring, Pennywise, and label-founder Brett Gurewitz’ band, Bad Religion. They called the event the “Summer Nationals,” and sold out all three nights.
Now 20 years down the road, and with the band members in need of a little cash to colorize their fading tattoos, Epitaph re-creates those legendary Palladium gigs, and sends it on the road with the 2014 Summer Nationals tour.
The Offspring will perform Smash in its entirety for the first time ever, assuming they managed to get together for a few rehearsals to let the roadies show them how the songs go.
Summer Nationals 2014 makes stops this week in Florida at Tampa, West Palm Beach, Cape Canaveral, and St. Augustine, then moves west and north through mid-September.
-- Adam St. James
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