Perhaps one of the most anticipated summer traditions is none other than what is historically referred to as 311’s Summer Unity Tour. Full steam ahead following their epic 311 Day, the Omaha-native rock favorites have revealed that they’ll be hitting the road for the Never-Ending Summer Tour alongside The Offspring with support from Gym Class Heroes.
Thematically, the tour headline works flawlessly – set aside the fact that “Never Ending Summer” was one of the more pleasing tracks from 311’s Uplifter in 2009, but they’ve also been longtime pioneers of Summer gatherings. This year marks the 19th consecutive year of 311 hitting the road for a Summer headlining tour, each year seemingly bigger than the last. The tour will span 29 dates, kicking off July 25 in Mountain View, CA and wrapping on September 9 in Wichita, KS.
2017 proved to be quite the banner year for 311. The band released their 12th studio album Mosaic, which charted on the US Billboard 200 at #6, marking 311’s 10th consecutive Top 10 debut. Following a huge tour supporting the new record, the band played shows well into late 2017, and are still reeling from the monumental 311 Day 2018 which featured a behemoth 86-song set-list across two performances. Fans traveled far and wide from all 50 U.S. States and 17 countries to catch the show for a total of 12,000 tickets across the sold-out performances. Simply put, 311 shows are far from your run-of-the-mill rock concert. Couple that with the fact that 311 has been doing this for nearly 30 years, and the argument can be made that they’re in their own league of live performances.
The Offspring aren’t strangers to a healthy tour regimen by any stretch, either. Sure, its been a while since their musical inception in 1984 and when they stormed onto the scene with the glory that was Smash in 1994. However fast forward another 24 years, and they seem to still be firing on all cylinders. The Offspring has confirmed that they’re putting the finishing touches on their 10th studio album and first since 2012’s Days Go By – confirmations surfaced that they’ve finished tracking their drums in February, and that they’re once again working with acclaimed producer Bob Rock on the record (who also produced 311’s Uplifter and Universal Pulse in addition to Metallica, Bush, and many others). The Garden Grove, CA natives have also toured with 311 prior – most recently the 311 Summer Unity Tour in 2010.
Following the tour, the belief is that 311 will head back to the studio to complete their new album and follow-up to Mosaic. Word on the street is they have a healthy batch of songs already written, and The Pier was informed that 311 is once again working with the same tandem from their previous release – longtime 311 producer Scotch Ralston and Goldfinger frontman and studio guru John Feldmann. We might get more news sooner than later, so check back again soon at The Pier for more details.
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