Whilst the title of Never-Ending Summer Tour may not have aptly reflected the Fall-like weather, the summer party atmosphere was very much still present.
As the tour draws to an end, 311 and The Offspring make a stop in Chicago, with special guests Gym Class Heroes opening for them. As the Huntington Bank Pavilion filled up, Gym Class Heroes were first up to kick off the party. What better way to get things warmed up than to have an energetic frontman like Travie McCoy who repeatedly leaped around the stage and high-fived the front row of the audience. Opening with their hit song, “Stereo Hearts,” the audience sang along as they went on to perform their breakout song “Cupid’s Chokehold” as well as McCoy’s “Billionaire.”
The crowd were more than ready to go as The Offspring took to the stage. It may have been six years since they released their last album, Days Go By, but that doesn’t stop the fans flocking to see them, which they did in droves. They still have a while to wait for new material, as they next album isn’t slated to be released until 2019. However, they lapped up the hits from the nineties with a walk down memory lane with songs like “Come Out And Play” and “Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)” which are sure-fires for getting the audience to sing along to.
Dexter Holland and Noodles make a strong duo up front, as they blasted through the hits of yesteryear providing the same sound the fans have come to love. It has to be said there eventually comes a time when a band tends to adapt their sound and image as time goes on. However, very much in the punk tradition, The Offspring have stayed very true to their origins. At the end of the day, that’s what brought the fans along to the show.
Rounding out the night was 311, keeping the energy level as high as it’s been all night as Nick Hexum and Doug Martinez bounced, spun and danced around the stage, while still managing to sing. The audience was filled with 311 t-shirts, as the fans showed their support for the band.
They opened their set with “Come Original” which showcases their own blend of reggae, rock/metal, rap and funk all in one song. Of course, their hour and twenty set also included “Amber” before rounding out with “Down.” Again, the fans came to see the bands’ hits, and this is exactly what they got. Their setlist comprised of songs that spanned their whole career, upto and including last year’s Mosiac.
With the end of the 2018 season at Northerly Island’s Huntington Bank Pavilion right around the corner, it was great to see the party atmosphere to help round out the summer.