I grew up in a conservative suburb known as Orange County. I was different.
I didn’t see the world the same way as the rest of the kids at my school or on the sports teams I played on. When I started seventh grade I found Bad Religion and the anger of the music spoke to me, but as I listened more the intelligence behind them helped me feel as if I belonged. That same feeling comes back to me every time I see them live.
The Hollowpoints, a local Seattle punk band, took the stage first. Their brand of infectious Pop Punk got their hometown crowd engaged and excited for the night ahead. The band moved around the stage as if it were their home and knew it well. I can only imagine the energy injection the band had knowing they were opening for the awesome lineup at hand. This energy bled into the almost 3/4 filled venue and the crows was primed for a night of Punk legends.
I made my way into the front of the barricade to wait for OFF! to start and was met with a surreal sight; I was no more than 10 feet from living legend Keith Morris and he was setting up his own gear. This was a refreshing sight to see a man who has been an advocate of the DIY mentality living it. And then the lights dimmed, but the band didn’t start right away, instead there was silence and someone in the crowed yelled, “Fuck you!” at the band. Keith Morris heard this and looked in the direction of the person. He paused for a moment and then said, “Fuck me? … Try to come up with something more original.” The band launched into a set with the fury and energy that I imagine the bands Morris fronted back in the day had. The now full house ramped their energy up as high as it could go. OFF! is a band everyone should see to understand the power and sight of raw hardcore punk at its finest.
And then there’s Bad Religion, who I’m sure you’ve gathered is a personal favorite band of mine. And as a huge fan I couldn’t have been more pleased with the set list that night. Not only were the hits “Infected”, “Sorrow”, “American Jesus” and “Los Angeles is Burning” present alongside the classics “Fuck Armageddon… This Is Hell”, “Generator”, “Do What You Want” and “Suffer”. They also dug deep in their 16 studio albums and pulled out “The Hopeless Housewife”, “Spirit Shine”, “Atomic Garden”, and “Kyoto Now”. This was a night that any Bad Religion super fan could appreciate. The crowd ate it up, even when the less staple songs were played a good amount of the crowd knew the words. The biggest sing along of the night came when the band played “Sorrow”, one of if not their biggest song. Bad Religion has earned their place at the top of the history of punk bands, solidifying their place there with each new release. While the hair is greyer and the faces a little more wrinkled, the minds are sharp and the attitude still intelligently pissed off at the world around them. Hopefully they can stay around for decades to come, influencing generations of bands to come.
The only drawback to the show was that Seattle was not part of the two night “Battle of the Centuries” stops on this tour where they will play century specific set lists.
If this tour stops by your city, just go.
3/27 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue 3/28 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theater 3/29 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theater 3/31 – Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall 4/1 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom 4/3 – Houston, TX – House of Blues 4/4 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues 4/5 – Austin, TX – Emo’s 4/7 – San Antonio, – TX Aztec Theatre 4/9 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls 4/10 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee 4/11 – Indio, CA – Coachella 4/13 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues 4/14 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues 4/15 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst 4/18 – Indio, CA – Coachella 4/19 – San Francisco, CA (w/out OFF!) Regency Ballroom 4/20 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
6/2 – Berlin, DE – c/club
6/3 – Berlin, DE – c/club 6/5 – rock am ring 6/6 – rock im park
w/ Plague Vendor
6/9 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg 6/10 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg 6/11 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom 6/12 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom 6/14 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom 6/15 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club 6/16 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club 6/18 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground 6/19 – Montebello, QC – Amnesia Rockfest 6/20 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre 6/22 – Chicago, IL – Metro 6/23 – Chicago, IL – Metro 6/25 – Winnipeg, MB – The Burton Cummings Theatre 6/26 – Saskatoon, SK – O’Brien’s Event Centre 6/28 – Calgary, AB – Flames Central 6/30 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom