The not allowing creative control part is fine...it is Dexter's band. The thing that does bum me out a bit is him feeling like na employee and not a band member. That's hard...I get why he left.
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Atom and the band are better off.
I thought Atom looked super nervous playing Tehran at CBGBs.
I kinda wish Pete could do whatever he thinks sounds good in relation to his talent, but I have to say Dexter's script works, it just works.
However, I wouldn't be upset with the band if they played newer/more popular stuff, and the fact is that a huge percentage of concert goers are not hardcore fans and want to hear a lot of songs they already know. There's nothing wrong with that, either. It's the band's decision which songs they prefer to play. The Offspring likes being a commercial mainstream type of band, so it makes sense that they'd prefer to play the stuff their radio fans will be excited about. They're not Nick Cave - complete opposite of a cult band.
I think it's important to point the fact that Atom joined the band quite late. It's Dexter's band as much as Noodles' and Greg's, even if he's the one who writes the songs. So I don't think the guys feel like employees. I also think that after Atom something changed, probably they loosen things a bit, and decided to let Pete do his thing sometimes so he can enjoy more than atom did and that's why he's still sitting behind the kit.
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