SongoftheDay: CAN’T REPEAT by THE OFFSPRING
In 2003, Atom Willard became an official member of The Offspring, replacing long-time drummer Ron Welty who had left the group earlier that year. During Willard’s tenure with the group he performed on numerous tours but did not perform on any officially released studio recordings. Professional drummer Josh Freese had recorded the drum tracks for the band’s 2003 album Splinter after Welty left the group. Willard joined shortly before the album’s release and appeared with them in the music video for the single “(Can’t Get My) Head Around You”. However, in 2005 he became a founding member of Angels & Airwaves (see below), and his commitments to the new group began to draw him away from The Offspring. The Offspring released a Greatest Hits compilation in 2005 including two new songs, “Can’t Repeat” and a cover of The Police’s “Next to You”., though Willard appeared with the band in the “Can’t Repeat” music video. In July 2007 it was officially announced that he had left The Offspring to focus on Angels & Airwaves. Freese again recorded drum tracks for The Offspring for Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace (2008) before it was officially announced that Willard’s permanent replacement would be former Face to Face drummer Pete Parada.