Beat magazine spoke with The Offspring guitarist Kevin ‘Noodles’ Wasserman to get the punk rock veteran’s thoughts on today’s youth. “I know a lot of kids and I think they’re way better off than any of my generation was,” he tells James Ridley. “I think there are a lot of different pressures they’re facing, but they’re smarter and seem to be more cool with who they are. It was different when I was growing up; you had to fit in. There was so much emphasis on not stepping out of line. You know, suburbia, Ronald Reagan-era, you had to conform. I just couldn’t do that, I couldn’t fit in. Now, I look in my neighborhood – there’s the kid with the ’70s fro, the goth kid, the kid with the shaved head and clean cut, preppy looking jock. And they’re all hanging out together; shooting paintballs at each other or skating or whatever. And it’s cool. I’m sure there’s still clicks and stuff, but it’s not so much of war anymore.”
The full interview at beat.com.au has since been removed.