The whole "game" or "contest" or "marketing strategy" began back on September 29. The Offspring made their album Conspiracy Of One available for download on the Internet. When the big daddies at Columbia heard about this, they immediately put the Ixnay On The Hombre. The two parties compromised and made the single Original Prankster available for download, with the incentive of winning a cool $1 million dollars. Approximately 500,000 hardcore fans entered the contest on the Offspring's official site.
The Offspring began to randomly pick finalists who will appear on
MTV's Total Request Live with the group on the release day of November 14. Steve McKeehan - Drawing #1080642 - Finalist #1,
Ashley Hitchcock - Drawing #1055789 - Finalist #2,
Christina Belmont - Drawing #1037819 - Finalist #3, will then compete in a head to head three-round trivia elimination contest to find out who will walk away with the million-dollar prize. The band and label are very excited about what this contest can do for record sales. The Offspring's last record went quadruple-platinum.
"It's kind of an exciting, outrageous way to announce that
our record's coming out," says Offspring singer
Dexter Holland. "But I like the fact
that it doesn't try to soak the kid for every last dollar, and
gives something back to the fans. All our money has come
from our fans; we thought it would be a nice gesture to
give something back. I think that's nice for bands to do.
They should realize that their fans are what got them
After the contest is over, and the album has been unleashed, the band will hit the road to further promote Conspiracy of One. The tour begins Nov. 18 Cypress
Hill and MxPx. opening up and keeping the band on the road well into, and Holland 2001.
"Usually we try to hit all the places that we need to go," he
explains. "That takes the better part of a year, because we
need to go to South America and Australia and Europe. It's
really fortunate, on one hand, that we're able to do well
and go to lots of places, but it also takes a lot of time for us
to get there and play even one concert in each city that
knows us. I think we'll be spending most of the next year
Offspring tour dates
Nov. 18 ó Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, Calif.
Nov. 19 ó The Joint, Las Vegas, Nev.
Nov. 20 ó The Joint, Las Vegas, Nev.
Nov. 22 ó Cox Arena, San Diego, Calif.
Nov. 24 ó ARCO Arena, Sacramento, Calif.
Nov. 25 ó Bill Graham Civic Center, San Francisco, Calif.
Nov. 27 ó E Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Nov. 29 ó Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minn.
Nov. 30 ó US Cellular Arena, Milwaukee, Wis.
Dec. 1 ó Cobo Arena, Detroit, Mich.
Dec. 5 ó Air Canada Center, Toronto, Ont.
Dec. 6 ó Molson Center, Montreal, Que.
Dec. 9 ó United Center, Chicago, Ill.
Dec. 10 ó Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind.
Dec. 12 ó Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Dec. 13 ó Worchester Centrum, Worcester, Mass.
Dec. 15 ó Patriot Center, Washington, D.C.
Dec. 16 ó E Center, Camden, N.J.
Dec. 17 ó Roseland Ballroom, New York, N.Y.
Jan. 17 ó SECC, Glasgow, Scotland
Jan. 19 ó Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester,
Jan. 21 ó Wembley Arena, London, England
Feb. 7 ó Palais Omnisports de Bercy, Paris, France
Source: Wall Of Sound