The Offspring to play Prague's Malá sportovní hala

The band is back in action after the frontman finished his Ph.D. dissertation

American alternative rock group the Offspring will be at Prague's Malá sportovní hala on Aug. 23. They will be in Europe this year from July to September playing festivals and headlining their own shows.

The band's most recent studio album Days Go By came out in 2012, and while they have talked of recording new material, little has materialized save for one single.

In May, though, lead singer and guitarist Dexter Holland said the band had been back doing some recording. He added that he hadn't been keeping up with posting to the band's website because he was finishing his Ph.D. in molecular biology.

“As many of you already know I started the Ph.D. a long time ago but put it on hold when we started touring a lot. I finally went back a few years ago. To finish I had to research and write a thesis,” he posted in May, adding that his research focused on HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. “This terrible disease remains a worldwide epidemic — over 35 million people worldwide are currently infected and living with the HIV virus. Over one million people a year die from this disease,” he said.

His research is meant to be a small contribution to an eventual cure. “You’ll probably see some of my research papers get published here and there over the next few years,” he said.

The completion of the Ph.D. research is good news for the band's fans. “So, what does this all mean for the band? It means … the BAND IS BACK ON! Well, we never really stopped touring and making records, but we’ll be doing a bunch of shows all around the world this year plus recording new stuff every chance we get. Look for new music by us out soon,” he said.

The Offspring started in California in 1983 but had their big breakthrough with their third album called Smash. The album, which featured the singles “Come Out and Play,” “Self Esteem” and “Gotta Get Away,” set a record for most units sold by an independent label band.

The follow-up album, Ixnay on the Hombre, released in 1997, was not quite as successful and reached number nine on the Billboard 200 charts, but did better in some other markets. The next album after that, 1998's Americana, peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 and spawned the hits “The Kids Aren’t Alright” and “Why Don’t You Get A Job.”

They have released four albums since then, but haven't matched the success of Smash or Americana.

Even though the 10th studio album is still not finished, the band did release a new single in 2015 called “Coming For You,” and they toured to promote it.

Holland told music magazine Livewire in 2015 that the band was being lazy. “Every other time we've done a record, we hunker down and go into the studio for a year or however long it takes. We just decided not to do it that way this time,” he said.

People who haven't heard the bands albums or seen them live may be familiar with them anyway, as their music appears in many films such as Batman Forever, I Know What You Did Last Summer,  American Pie 2, Bowling for Columbine.

In video games, the Offspring's songs have appeared in Crazy Taxi, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 and SingStar Rocks! "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" appears in Guitar Hero: Van Halen. “Hammerhead” was featured in the football video game Madden NFL 09. “Days Go By” was featured in NHL 13.

American pop-punkers Newdrive and UK rockers the Bottom Line will open the Prague show.


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