The 2014 Summer Nationals Tour took place at the,St. Augustine Amphitheatreon 8/19/14, which is a great venue for this kind of tour.
It has the option of standing in the pit area (which can be crowded quite quickly), seats for those who like to have a place to sit when they need a rest, or a grassy area atop the Amphitheatre where you get a full view of all areas. All but the grassy area is covered which makes it nice if you happen to attend a concert in a storm.
The sound radiates through the whole amphitheatre and I have yet to find a bad location.
The last time The Offspring, Bad Religion and Pennywise played a show together was a show by Epitaph Records in 1994 that sold out in a mere 3 short days. 20 years later all three bands are out to prove they still have it, And prove it they did!
The 1st of the 3 bands to play was one of my personal favorite live bands Pennywise. With the return of a four year hiatus, lead singer Jim Lindburg rejoined the band. They played classic Pennywise songs such as: “Perfect People,” “Society” & “F*ck Authority” as well as a few songs off their new album “Yesterdays” and even covered Minor Threats “Minor Threat” & finished with their ode to their fallen friends “Bro Hymn.”
Bad Religion was up next! They caught the crowd by surprise and started playing before everyone could make it back to the pit area. It didn’t take long for that pit to fill up as soon as they started playing.
With 16 albums in their history, they made sure to mix up the playlist for the “Old School” fans to their newer fans with songs like “Do What You Want” to several songs off their latest album “True North.” For a band that has been playing Punk Rock since 1979. They showed no signs of slowing down.
After 2 high energy bands like Pennywise & Bad Religion, the crowd got a well deserved break to get ready for The Offspring while the crew prepped the stage for what turned out to be one hell of a show!
It has been about 10 years since I’ve seen The Offspring and I’ll tell you, they have only gotten better with age.
2014 marks the 20th Anniversary for their album “Smash” which is the #1 selling independent album of all time!
To celebrate this historical Anniversary, they played the entire album. The crowd really got into it, the energy was phenomenal as the crowd sang along to every word of every song! After blazing through all 14 songs, they finished with a crowd favorite “Self Esteem.”
The band stepped off stage for a couple of minutes to regroup, and came back and played a handful of their hits such as “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)” & “Why Don’t You Get a Job.”
They finished their Amazing set with one of my personal favorites “The Kids Aren’t Alright” off their album Americana.
I must say, with all the concerts I’ve been to at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, this one ranks as one of my all time favorites and solidifies the proof that Punks Not Dead!