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CONCERT REVIEW: The Offspring Delivers Unforgettable Night Of Punk Rock With Trash Boat & Four Year Strong

Hordes of punk rockers, young and old, gathered to AFAS Live on Saturday night to witness the return of The Offspring to Dutch soil. The band, made legendary by their contribution to punk rock in the 90s, served up what they called a Saturday Burrito: “a Saturday so good it feels like two Saturdays rolled into one.” And Amsterdam ate it up.

A good concert wouldn’t be complete without openers, and bands Trash Boat and Four Year Strong were the chosen ones for this Let The Bad Times Roll tour. Both bands put on solid performances, but they felt a bit lost on this particular crowd. We can only hope that both bands walk away with some new fans, as it was clear by the end of both sets that people were finally starting to loosen up a little.

The time killed in between bands was the first sign of The Offspring’s clever stage show. With entertainment such as a t-shirt cannon, a blimp, a kiss cam and a crowdsurfing gorilla, the crowd wasn’t bored for a single moment. Once the band took the stage, they further proved what a polished show they’ve managed to put on in their decades of entertaining crowds. The banter is perfectly timed, the lighting is impressive, and the visuals fit the songs well. They close out the night with hit after hit, playing Pretty Fly, The Kids Aren’t Alright, You’re Gonna Go Far Kid and Self Esteem back to back. The crowd goes wild and is left satisfied after the last bite of their Saturday Burrito, courtesy of The Offspring.

Trash Boat:

Four Year Strong:

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Anieck van Maaren