PENTICTON- Rock music is back and doing well. Friday night was a gigantic party for residents from all over the Okanagan areas, as they packed the South Okanagan Events Centre to celebrate Black Friday. It was like being at a rave but with hanging out with your best friends.
Canadian rockers Sum 41 performed songs that were recorded back in the ’90s and early 2000s. Their lead singer Deryck Whibley was absolutely crazy, jumping around while entertaining the crowd.
The song “We Will Rock You” was an excellent version, a little more fast-paced but upbeat than the original, but received a big roar from the audience. Another great part of their show was singing the famous song “Pieces”. It was a massive hit back in the early 20th century and a very popular song among the crowd.
Headliner American rockers The Offspring were close to blowing the roof off. The last time they played in Penticton was two years ago in 2017 and they were very impressed how responsive patrons knew most of the words to their songs.
Dexter Holland, the lead singer, sat down at the piano and did a solo surrounded by a dark setting with candles all lit up. The audience waving their cellphones in the air was a very emotional part of the concert.
To end of the evening, The Offspring performed two major hits: “Pretty Fly For A White Guy” while wearing hometown BCHL Penticton Vees jerseys, which led into the encore “Self Esteem”, finishing off with “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid”.