Bad Religion/Against Me! review by Melissa Fossum

 

Bad Religion, Against Me!, and Dave Hause performed at Marquee Theatre on November 3, 2016, as part of the Vox Populi tour. It’s remarkable that Bad Religion has been a band for nearly four decades, and remains one of the most relevant and successful punk bands around.

This pre-election show was full of nostalgia for an older crowd. The same line up could have, in theory, taken place at Marquee Theatre a decade prior, but a few big changes have since occurred. For one, Against Me!’s singer, Laura Jane Grace, came out as transgender a couple years ago. Since then, Against Me! has released some of its best lyrical content and continues to grow.

The other major shift is the dissolution of The Loved Ones. While they are dearly missed, front man Dave Hause has been very successful with his eponymous band.

Bad Religion played a massive set that included nearly 30 songs, but clocked in around two hours. The setlist more or less acted as a Bad Religion “greatest hits” playlist with a few newer songs strategically sprinkled in. The crowd adored songs like “Suffer,” “21st Century (Digital Boy)”, “You,” “Do What You Want,” etc.

The event concluded with “Fuck Armageddon…This is Hell” and an explosion of energy. Seeing Bad Religion’s phenomenal stage presence is a testament to the longevity and success of these punk stalwarts.

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