I went to one of the shows of the last tour and realized some changes between the past and current shows. And as I've been a huge fan of the band for about 7 years (and I love, love, love them!) I'd be glag to hear what you guys think about my "observations".
First of all I noticed that the crowd at the concert changed. When I saw the Offspring back in 2005 there were some 'older' fans of whom i'd guess that they started listening to The Offspring in another decade than I did. I don't think that I saw anyone of them on the 2011 gig. I went to the show with some friend of mine who is about twice my age (>40) and he might have been the oldest one in the room. But thats not the matter.
So at lets say 9 P.M. The Offspring came on stage - I actually missed the tense excitement that usually exists in a crowd just before the band enters the stage- and I dicovered antother guitarist on stage. There was no third guitar in 2005. I'm not that good at playing the guitar but I do not think there's need for a thrid guitar in most of The Offspring's songs.
Thirdly I noticed 3 fans around Dexter. I've never seen fans before at a rockshow and I think there quite out of place.
Next point: Dexter didn't move a lot. His movement seemed in generall tierd and ... sluggish. I dare to say that his whole gesture and facial expressure changed. Even his voice. The Power and conviction and enery is missing ...In generall Dexter did not seem to ... feel good on stage and his mimic seemed expressionless to me when I checked out the press photos. Especially compared to Noodles, who may have grown older and Greg K., who did not seem to have changed at all (thumbs up for that).
So, thanks for reading. I actually spent a lot of time and toughts on that til I decided to post it. And by the way: I still love, love, love The Offspring :-)
Greeting from Cologne!