Here's my review of the Washington D.C. show on 10/26:
I arrived at the 9:30 club around 7:50. I checked out the Bad Religion merch table where they had flyers advertiseing Greg's thesis but not a great deal of other good stuff. In a few minutes From First To Last came on. They played for about 25 minutes and very few people in the crowd seemed to be into their stuff. They came off a little to whine-y and same-y for my tatses. About 20 minutes later Rise Against came out. I hadn't heard too much of their stuff before this, but from their set I got a good impression. I don't know what Watcho was talking about when he said that they put on ballads that went forever (maybe I just wasn't getting the sarcasm) but I didn't think any of their songs dragged on and in general they were shorter than most Bad Religion songs.
Anyways, Bad Religion finally came on at 10 opening with a pre-recorded Overture and moved into Sinister Rouge. They started off with a ton of new songs but eventually moved to older, signature Bad Religion songs. Highlights of the show include Greg having a conversation with "Brett" via the TV in the banner guy's head after someone in the crowd asked "where's Brett?" Someone then threw a demo tape onto the stage and Greg mentioned that he'd "give it to 'Brett' right away." Someone also gave Greg a shirt with some message about George Bush expires on November 2nd to much applause. The highlight of the show was when the band actually answered a request to play Turn on the Light. Jay and Brian started playing and told the kid who requested it to "sing along". Greg and the rest of the band came in on the second verse. Jay also played some of Slaves later and was disapointed when only "one person in the whole place recognized it". All in all it was a great show, although they really ought to take some more requests. The set list was posted earlier, so there's no need to post it here.
Thanks to ikillkenny for this news!
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