July 12, 2000
Yes, I am still alive and no, I have not quit the band! The longer I put off
writing this thing the harder it is to get back into it. Enough said about that!
We actually started recording last Monday and have almost all the basic tracks
recorded. Ron's playing has never sounded stronger, and so far this record
sounds awesome. We spent the last month learning the songs that Dexter wrote
which are fucking awesome. There is a little bit of everything that you might
expect from us in these songs, and a couple of things that you probably won't
see coming. But don't worry, it'll definitely be the Offspring that you are
gonna hear on this record. My favorites are a few songs that are vintage,
meat-and-potatoes type Offspring punk-rock, only better. Again there will be one
or two departures on this record, but you guys should know to expect that by now.
On board in the Producer slot we have Brendan O'Brien this time around. He is
absolutely the most normal guy that we've ever worked with as a producer. He is
also very cool and down to earth, as well as one hell of a guitar player. If
only I could get him to play my parts for me! We are really stoked to be working
with him and things seem to be going better than ever. We are all truly happy at
About a month ago we played a couple of big radio shows. The first one was up
in San Jose at the Shoreline Amphitheater. It should have been a great show but
the sound system sucked. I could hear everything except what the other guys in
the band and I were playing. There were just a bunch of crackles and buzzes
coming out of the monitors; it was quite defeating. Fortunately, the side stage
ruled. That's where AFI played and they tore the house down. If you saw them
then you got to hear "Total Immortal" played by the band who wrote it originally.
There were a lot of other bands on that night. Some of the standouts were
Slipknot, Cypress Hill, STP, and Moby.
The next night we played KROQ's Weenie Roast at Edison Field which is about
ten minutes from my house. The Weenie Roast is always a scene and this year was
no exception. There were all kinds of celebrities and stars backstage, most of
whom were from the adult film industry. The only stars who would talk to us,
however, were Dennis Rodman, Pauly Shore, and Ben from "Road Rules." Dennis was
pounding cocktails and just couldn't remember the words to the Hendrix songs he
was asking me to play on Dexter's accoustic guitar. The only words he knew were
to Pearl Jam but I don't know any of their songs. I did have words with Bean,
from KROQ's "Kevin and Bean show," about MP3 technology, which I don't think has
really hurt anybody, but rather benefits bands who want to get their music heard.
Then Kevin walked up with that big ol' huge head of his and we all shared a big
laugh. My wife got to hang out with Rachel Hunter who is HOT! But I don't think
that either Kevin or Bean got to hang out with her. But then again, I was
hanging out with Pauly Shore. What does that tell you? Have you ever seen "Jury
Duty?" Besides all of the backstage shenanigans, we had a great show.
Other than that, I've just been surfing, fishing, and playing tons of guitar.
I even bought an Ace Freely model Les Paul at Sam Ash the other day. It's
awesome! Well that's it for now. A big Thank You to all of you who sent e-mails
and generally gave me shit about being lazy in the journal entry department.
I'll try to be more timely in the future.
Until Then, Later,