Here's a review by Bryan Johnson of Against the Grain.
I saw Bad Religion in both Milwaukee on Nov 5 and Chicago on Nov 6. Both of the shows were extremely energetic, in fact, much more energetic than the past two times I have seen the band (spring of 02 in Anaheim and fall of 02 in Milwaukee).
The only complaint I have about both shows is that the band played the exact same set-list for both shows. Same order, same everything. Here is the playlist, because I noticed a few errors on the one all ready listed on this site. This is somewhat close to the order that the songs were played in. This is for both Nov 5 in Milwaukee and Nov 6 in Chicago.
Overture Sinister Rouge All There Is No Control Supersonic Social Suicide Los Angeles is Burning Modern Man Kyoto Now Epiphany 21st Century Digital Boy Atomic Garden God's Love You Recipe For Hate Let Then Eat War Come Join Us Fuck Armageddon...This is Hell Beyond Electric Dreams Generator The Defense Infected I Want To Conquer The World American Jesus ***Encore*** Along the Way Do What You Want We're Only Gonna Die Sorrow
I have a few comments...
...The band played "Come Join Us" from The Gray Race. I heard them play "Them and Us" once in 2002, but other then that the band has neglected all of The New America, No Substance and virtually all of The Gray Race.
...Saturday was Graffin's bday so they brought out a cake for him and the crowd attempted to sing happy bday to him. Then Hetson played guitar (including the solo) in Along the Way and said that it was his "birthday present" for Graffin.
...Playing up to the Wisconsin/Illinois rivalry (just as Graffin did in Milwaukee the night before) he asked the crowd "Don't people from Wisconsin have a nickname for people from Illinois?" (referring to Fucking Illinois Bitches or FIBs, which is a common expression used in WI.) Somebody from the crowd yelled out "cunts"...Without skipping a beat Graffin replied "cunts? no thats what the English call the dutch"
In Milwaukee on Friday Graffin said "Last night we did something no band should ever have to do...We played in Detroit"
...The lead singer from Rise Against performed Sage Francis' part in Let Them Eat War
...At first when the band came back out for the encore Graffin said "Hey we'd love to play another song, but our limo is waiting outside and we're running late, so goodnight everybody". I was glad that they played an encore. The last time I saw them in Anaheim they didn't perform one.
Overall the shows were both fantastic. I don't know if the band was just feeding off of the enthusiasm of the crowd or if the fact that Graffin was back in the midwest had anything to do with the way they performed, but nevertheless it was outstanding.
Thanks to Bryan Johnson of Against the Grain for this news!
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