7Seconds kick off the festivities with a club show at the Las Vegas Country Saloon at the 17th annual Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival.

Opening their set with “I Still Believe,” 7Seconds delivered a set full of 35 years worth of sing-a-long punk rock anthems to a sold-out crowd, and made it quite obvious they still love being up there after all these years. Guitarist Bobby Adams, bassist Steve Youth, and drummer Troy Mowat all had the energy and stage presence of bands half their age, while vocalist Kevin Seconds belted out old school songs

“Boy’s Fun,” “Warning,” “We’re Gonna Fight,” and “Young Until I Die” just the way he did 30 years ago. “Slogan On a Shirt,” “Leave A Light On,” and “Exceptional” all off of their latest release Leave A Light On fit right in, and the band even included the rarely played “Fuck Your America.”

Wrapping up thier set with “99 Red Balloons,” “Walk Together, Rock Together,” “Sooner or Later,” and “Trust,” 7Seconds proved they are still a punk rock force, and continue to remain as relevant as any of the other bands playing over the weekend.

Also on the bill were Boston punks Street Dogs, long running The F.U.’s, (also from Boston,) all female band The Applicators, (who put on a great set of Joan Jett meets the Misfits inspired pop-punk,) and Southern California punks Anti-Social.

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Raymond Ahner is a professional freelance photographer residing in San Francisco, California. Growing up in the Bay Area, Raymond was lucky enough to witness both the Punk and Thrash Metal scene of the 1980's explode literally right in front of his eyes. It was a pretty special time in his life, and is what instilled his love for live music. Over the years Raymond has been fortunate enough to combine his passion for live music with his love of photography. And although he will always love shooting the big arena Rock show, it is in a tiny, packed to the rafters club were he his most at home with his gear.

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