311 and other ska musicians became popular during the '90s with fun rock-reggae infused tracks, and created a unique So-Cal music scene.
The band originally formed in Omaha, Nebraska when all original members met in high school. 311 released their debut EP, Unity, in 1990 and booked concert dates at local Omaha-area clubs. By 1992, the band moved to Los Angeles and were quickly signed to Capricorn Records. They released their debut album, "Music", in 1993 and scored a minor hit with "Do You Right". 311 concert dates were independently financed, and the band drove to venues in an old borrowed RV with borrowed equipment.
311 had better luck with their sophomore set, "Grassroots", which peaked at #8 on Billboard's Heatseekers albums chart and developed a loyal college following. They hit massive commercial success on their third try; Their self-titled album was released in 1995 and was eventually certified three times platinum. It featured the hit singles, "Down" and "All Mixed Up," and widened the band's fan base. 311 tour dates were booked in support of the album and they made an appearance on David Letterman.
They followed up with, "Transistor", which debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum. They toured extensively and filmed a live DVD at their New Orleans stop in 1998 and released one more album in the '90s, "Soundsytem", which featured the hit "Come Original".
In 2000, the band dubbed every March 11, as 311 day and every other year they gather in new Orleans to celebrate with a massive concert and play extended sets. This tradition has continued and in 2010 they moved the event to Las Vegas and played a 60 song set at Mandalay Bay. They released their sixth album, "From Chaos", in 2001 and it featured the hit reggae-infused single, "Amber". Two more albums followed, including "Evolver" and Don't Tread on Me", in the 2000s. They also scored their biggest commercial single with a cover of the Cure's "Love Song", which hit #1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and entered the Hot 100, marking their first entry on that survey.
311 tour dates have been particularly popular lately as their fan base has remained solid throughout the years. In 2006, they embarked on their Summer Unity Tour, which played to a record audience of 18,500 diehard fans at their Atlanta stop. Following the highly successful 37-date tour, the band announced a hiatus. They returned in 2009, and the 311 concert schedule included a revived Summer Unity Tour as well as an opening stint on the Offspring Tour.
311 released their most recent album, "Uplifter," in 2009, and are currently finishing up their forthcoming tenth album. Use Eventful as your source for 311 tour dates, concert schedule, and venue information.
The Offspring were our favorite punk band of the 1990s and continued their successful run well into the new millennium. The screaming vocals of Dexter and the intense guitar riffs of Noodles made them rock gods during the golden age of KROQ and Southern California rock music. In their near quarter century as a band, the Offspring are still going strong and are currently on tour. Don't miss a date on the Offspring concert schedule 2011. Use Eventful as your source for The Offspring tour dates and concert tour information.
The Offspring was founded by high school classmates Dexter Holland and Greg Kriesel who met each other on their cross-country team. They decided to form a band when they were denied entrance into a Social Distortion concert. They hired Noodles, the school janitor, on lead guitar and released their first single "Ill Be Waiting" in 1987. The band continued to record even though Dexter was conducting research for a PhD in Molecular Biology at USC. The band was signed to an indie label deal with Nemesis Records and released their self-titled debut in 1989. While the record didn't take off, they scored huge buzz with their sophomore album, Ignition, released in 1992. The Offspring tour dates included a near two-year outing alongside punk rockers Pennywise and So-Cal favorite No Doubt. The Offspring, along with other So-Cal acts, were about to explode onto the Mainstream rock scene.
The Offspring released their breakthrough album and biggest hit to-date, Smash, in 1994. The album was a runaway hit and featured the singles "Self Esteem" and "Gotta Get Away" before selling over 16 million copies worldwide. The bandmates decided to start their own label, Nitro Records, and signed acts such as the Vandals and Guttermouth. The Offspring themselves then signed with major label Columbia Records and released Ixnay on the Hombre in 1996. While the album reached platinum status, it was considered a departure from Smash and sold only a fraction of the amount of records. The Offspring were not out of the count and returned with the multi-Platinum album Americana in 1998 which featured the hit "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)". They closed out the decade as one of the top rock acts of the '90s and continued to tour and record.
During the 2000s, the band released Conspiracy of One in 2000, Splinter in 2003, and Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace in 2008 all which were certified Gold or Platinum. The Offspring tour dates included a headlining stint on the Vans Warped Tour and a Europe and Japan wide tour in 2005. In 2008, The Offspring tour dates included a headlining stint alongside Incubus on the Soundwave Festival and they headlined the 19th annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas. The guys are currently in the studio recording their ninth album. In addition, an extensive Offspring concert schedule has been planned for 2011. The Offspring tour dates are booked on a national tour this summer and fall. The Offspring concert schedule 2011 also includes a headlining stint at the Reading and Leeds Festival in the UK. Use Eventful for more on Offspring tour dates and venue information!