Thirty years after their formation in the Los Angeles suburb of Woodland Hills, punk rock veterans Bad Religion is on the brink of releasing their 15th studio record later this year – the first time that a Bad Religion line-up has not changed in four consecutive studio recordings. Bad Religion kicked off their first of seven nights at HOB Anaheim last week celebrating their 30th anniversary that will make its way to a live album – “30 Years Live” that will be released on May 18th.
The sold-out crowd made their way into House Of Blues Anaheim this past Thursday for a 90-minute, 30 song set from the punk rock legends. The iconic Bad Religion logo loomed on a large stage backdrop along with cover images spanning their extensive catalogue. As the house lights dimmed and the band their made their way onstage the packed venue erupted in a moshing frenzy. The band opened with “Do What You Want” from the 1988 record “Suffer” before vocalist Greg Graffin welcomed those who were in attendance. “American Jesus,” “Recipe For Hate” and “21st Century Digital BoyÃ¢â‚¬Â”rounded out the Bad Religion classics while “New Dark Ages,” “Germs Of Perfection” and “Los Angeles Is Burning” appeased those who were familiar with recent Bad Religion records.
“Generator” closed out the main portion of the set before the band made their way back on-stage to close out the evening with an encore of, “F*** Armageddon,” “Infected” and the KROQ over-played song, “Sorrow.” In their three decades together as a band, Bad Religion clearly shows no signs of slowing down with a new record on the way later this year. With two shows down and several more to go, only Bad Religion knows what’s in-store for its fans for the rest of its “residency” at House Of Blues Anaheim.
Southern California’s DI opened the show to a less than stellar crowd who were more interested on what they were drinking and when Bad Religion would be on. Nevertheless, the punk rock veterans put on a crafty blend of punk rock that had the crowd warmed up for Bad Religion by the time they exited the stage.
Bad Religion return to HOB Anaheim on 3/31, 4/1, 4/2, 4/8 and 4/9.