As The Offspring announce 2021 UK tour dates Dexter Holland reveals why he sold the bands publishing rights
In a recent interview with Billboard, Dexter Holland reveals that he felt it was right to sell The Offspring‘s rights to the band’s Columbia Records master recordings and the publishing rights to Round Hill Music for $35 million.
Asked if he has any regrets about that decision, Dexter said: “I’m glad we did it, and Round Hill was the right partner to go with. And the great thing about being in a band is you can always make new songs.”
“It certainly does seem to be fashionable now, huh?” Dexter says. “In our case, we were very fortunate that when we signed to Sony, our records were licensed, so we technically owned them and knew they would come back to us after the delivery of our last album.
“We finished a seven-album deal with Sony — actually finished it! — and were just free agents. So after a few years, we thought, what do we do here? At the end of the day, we just decided to sell it.
The Offspring sold the recorded masters for the six albums it made for Columbia Records, along with the publishing rights to the songs on all nine of its studio efforts. The master recordings for the band’s first three albums remain with Epitaph.
Included in the Columbia catalogue is 1997’s Ixnay On The Hombre’ which sold 1.4 million copies, 1998’s Americana, which moved five million, and 2000’s platinum-selling Conspiracy Of One.
At the time of the catalogue sale, Holland said in a statement: “We felt that having the right caretaker for our catalogue, both the masters and the publishing, is incredibly important to the future of our career.”
The Offspring’s tenth studio album, “Let The Bad Times Roll”, was released on April 16 via Concord Records. The follow-up to 2012’s Days Go By was once again produced by Bob Rock, who also worked on the previous two LPs.
The Offspring have also announced a UK Let The Bad Times Roll” tour for November 2021.
The tour will include shows in Cardiff, London and Glasgow. Tickets are on general sale now, and can be purchased on this link. Supporting The Offspring on all six of the confirmed dates are Swedish garage rock group The Hives.
Confirmed dates for the UK tour:
Tuesday 23rd November – Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Wednesday 24th November – Resorts World Arena Birmingham
Friday 26th November – The SSE Wembley Arena London
Saturday 27th November – The SSE Hydro Glasgow
Monday 29th November – AO Arena Manchester
Tuesday 30th November – First Direct Arena Leeds