Sublime with Rome & Offspring at Festival Pier

After a week of cooler Fall-like temperatures, the weather returned to the 80’s on Thursday, September 14 for the ‘Sublime with Rome’ & ‘The Offspring’ show at Festival Pier on Penn’s Landing. The festive crowd was comprised of fans of all ages including many parents who brought their kids to catch two of their favorite 90’s bands.

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The opening band was ‘The Unlikely Candidates’, an indie rock band from Fort Worth, TX. Lead singer, Kyle Morris, was non-stop, covering all ends of the stage and the top of the bass speakers in the pit.  He ended the show in the crowd.

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The Offspring hit the stage next, opening with ‘You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid’, and had the crowd singing along with hit-after-hit including ‘Come Out and Play (Keep ‘Em Separated)’, ‘Want You Bad’, ‘Why Don’t You Get a Job’, ‘Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)’, and an emotional, slowed-down version of ‘Gone Away’, as a tribute to all that recently lost someone, including so many in the music world.

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Lead guitarist, Noodles, loved the view from Festival Pier of the beautiful Ben Franklin Bridge, and the “beautiful crowd”. He even gave a shout-out to Ben Franklin for inventing eyeglasses as thick-lensed specs are Noodles trademark feature. They ended in true rock fashion with their mega-hit, ‘Self Esteem’, to the delight of fans at Festival Pier.

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Sublime with Rome took over the party, leading off with ‘Date Rape’, ‘Smoke 2 Joints’, and ‘Wrong Way’. Rome is the perfect sounding frontman for Sublime, who reformed in 2009 after the death of original lead singer Bradley Nowell in 1996 (heroin overdose). The new version of the band picks up right where the original one left off and if you close your eyes, sometimes it’s hard to tell that there was any change at all.

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Sublime with Rome’s twelve-song set had the crowd singing, dancing, and head bobbing along from start to finish. The band returned to the stage for a two-song encore of hits ‘What I Got’ and ‘Santeria’. It was a great night of music and a real blast to the past for those of us who at these songs up as teenagers in the 1990’s.

[Photos by Rick Pettine]

[Article by David Miller & Rick Pettine]

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