Bad Religion deliver the punk rock goods at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco, California.
Out on the road for the Vox Populi Tour, punk Rock stalwarts Bad Religion took the stage at the Warfield Theater and tore through a set list that covered their entire 35+ year career.
Opening their 29-song set with “You Are (The Government),” Bad Religion wasted no time in bringing the energy level to a peak early. Frontman Greg Graffin, although a bit grayer and sporting glasses, commanded the stage with an almost frantic pace, while guitarists Brian Baker and Mike Dimkich manned their respective sides and provided the riffs to “Atomic Garden,” “The Streets of America,” and “Recipe for Hate.”
With 16 albums under their belt, it may be difficult to come up with a setlist that will please everyone. However, the band satisfied the sold out crowd with high points including “Fuck You,” “No Control,” and “American Jesus,” before returning to the stage for a three song encore highlighted by “Fuck Armageddon… This is Hell.”
Direct support on the Vox Populi tour comes from Against Me!, whose new album, Shape Shift with Me, just dropped in late September. Led by Laura Jane Grace, the bad were the perfect choice for the tour, and highlights from there set included “Walking Is Still Honest,” “Rebecca,” and of course, “I Was a Teenage Anarchist.”
National Rock Review photographer Raymond Ahner was on hand to report.