Punk legends Bad Religion play songs of the 20th century in front of a sold out crowd at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco.
Bad Religion recently embarked on their Battle of the Centuries tour, where they have been playing each city two nights. Night one features only songs from the 20th century while night two focuses on the 21st Century. Night one in San Francisco was a sold out affair, and the band played tracks off of some of their strongest albums, including Generator, Against the Grain, and The Grey Race.
Opening the show with “Spirit Shine,” it was quite apparent that, although they have been a band for well over 35 years, Bad Religion have showed little signs of aging. Frontman Greg Graffin was constantly on the move, and as he belted out punk rock anthems “Suffer,” “Do What You Want,” and “Modern Man,” his longtime bandmates delivered the soundtrack to his lyrics flawlessly. Despite playing an over two-hour long set, the band looked like they could have played the next night’s setlist as well. However, they wrapped things up a three-song encore, which included “Along the Way,” “New America,” and “Fuck Armageddon… This is Hell.”
Support from the evening came from fellow Southern California punk stalwarts, The Adolescents, who put on a classic set of some of their most well-known songs. Also in support was East Bay pop-punk band, 5 Days Dirty.