PICS: The Offspring, Gym Class Heroes at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

Come out and play: Orange County punk titans the Offspring and hip-hop group Gym Class Heroes rocked Mattress Firm Amphitheatre recently.

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Both bands were in town with 311 -- see our photos of that band here:
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Gym Class Heroes provided an opening set punch!
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Co-headliner the Offspring got their start in 1984 right up Interstate 5 in Garden Grove.
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The band currently consists of vocalist/guitarist Bryan "Dexter" Holland (pictured), bassist Greg K., guitarist Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman and drummer Pete Parada.
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Fun fact: Originally, their band name was Manic Subsidal. (Noodles pictured)
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Over the course of their 34-year career, they have released nine studio albums and experienced several lineup changes, including switching drummers. (Greg K. pictured)
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The Offspring is often credited — alongside fellow California punk bands Green Day and Rancid—for reviving mainstream interest in punk rock in the 1990s.
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They have sold over 40 million records worldwide, and are considered one of the best-selling punk rock bands of all time.
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The Offspring achieved its first commercial success with their third studio album, 1994's "Smash," which has sold over 11 million copies worldwide, setting a record for most albums sold on an independent record label -- and was the first album released on Epitaph to obtain gold and platinum status.
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The band's July 29 set included the following songs (according to "Americana," "All I Want," "Come Out and Play," "It Won't Get Better," "Want You Bad," "Nitro (Youth Energy)," "Staring at the Sun"...
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Followed by "Whole Lotta Rosie" (an AC/DC cover), "Bad Habit," "Gotta Get Away," "Gone Away," "Why Don't You Get a Job?," "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid," "(Can't Get My) Head Around You," "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)," "The Kids Aren't Alright" and "Self Esteem."
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Gym Class Heroes hail from Geneva, New York. The group formed in 1997 when vocalist Travie McCoy (pictured) met drummer Matt McGinley during their high school gym class.
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The band's music displays a wide variety of influences, including hip hop, rock, funk, and reggae.
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After the addition of guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo and bassist Eric Roberts (pictured) in 2003, the group was signed to Fueled by Ramen and Decaydance Records (Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz's independent record label), on which they released their debut album, "The Papercut Chronicles."
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In 2006, the group released the gold-selling album "As Cruel as School Children." Since that release, the band's single "Cupid's Chokehold" reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Clothes Off!!" peaked at No. 5 in the U.K.
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On Sept. 9, 2008, Gym Class Heroes released their third album, "The Quilt," which contained numerous collaborations with other artists. The band went on hiatus in 2009, while members pursued various side projects. (Lumumba-Kasongo pictured)
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Eventually, the group reconvened and released "The Papercut Chronicles II" on Nov. 15, 2011. It has since become one of their most successful albums to date. We hope to see them back in town soon!
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