Thursday, July 18, 2019

Bad Religion update

photo courtesy: Epitaph Records
Longtime Los Angeles punk band Bad Religion have announced the second leg of their North American tour. The newly added dates will begin in September and wrap in October.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, July 19 at 10 a.m. local time. For more info:

The band is on tour in support of their recently released album Age of Unreason, out now on Epitaph Records. Since the group’s formative years they have steadfastly advocated for humanism, reason, and individualism.

“The band has always stood for enlightenment values,” co-songwriter and guitarist Brett Gurewitz explains. “Today, these values of truth, freedom, equality, tolerance, and science, are in real danger. This record is our response.”

Songs on Age of Unreason have references to contemporary events; racist rallies, Trump’s election, the erosion of the middle class, Colin Kaepernick’s protest, alternative facts, conspiracy theories, and there are homages to the literary and philosophical works that have long inspired the band.

“Chaos From Within” examines the current border wall controversy with the lyrics, “Threat is urgent, existential / with patience wearing thin / but the danger's elemental / it’s chaos from within.”

As co-songwriter and lead singer Greg Graffin says, “Throughout history, walls have been used to keep the barbarians out, But it seems to me that the truly barbaric aspect of a civilization is the chaos that comes from within.”

Age of Unreason is Bad Religion’s 17th studio album and was co-produced by Carlos de la Garza. It is a dire warning and testament to resilience. The overall message being - seek truth about the world and oneself.

Graffin, who holds a PhD in the history of science, says, “When I saw all these headlines about how terrible our world had become, I started doing a lot of reading. I read about the French Revolution, the American Revolution, the Civil War, and I started to recognize that this is a pattern of history and something we should never venture into. There are ample warnings against it. Every school child should know this but it’s hard to get people to read about these things. Maybe this album can help. Because right now, with social media, we are just playing a version of kill the guy with the ball.”

Tour dates:

Saturday, July 20 Mountain View, CA Warped Tour
Thursday, July 25 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
Friday, July 26 Montreal, QC 77 Montreal 2019
Saturday, July 27 East Providence, RI Roadblock Music Festival
Tuesday, July 30 Portland, ME Aura
Wednesday, July 31 Boston, MA House of Blues
Friday, August 2 New York, NY Webster Hall
Saturday, August 3 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Steel
Sunday, August 4 Mckees Rocks, PA Roxian Theatre
Tuesday, August 6 Rochester, NY Anthology
Wednesday, August 7 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
Friday, August 9 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
Saturday, August 10 Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre
Sunday, August 11 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
Tuesday, August 13 Raleigh, NC The Ritz
Wednesday, August, 14 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Friday, August 16 Las Vegas, NV Psycho Las Vegas
Saturday, August 17 Hollywood, CA Hollywood Palladium
Tuesday September 17 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
Wednesday September 18 St. Petersburg, FL Jannus Live!
Thursday September 19 Orlando, FL House of Blues
Saturday September 21 Asbury Park, NJ Sea. Hear. Now
Monday September 23 Cincinnati, OH Bogarts
Tuesday September 24 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
Thursday September 26 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom
Friday September 27 Birmingham, AL Iron City
Saturday September 28 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Monday September 30 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Tuesday October 1 Houston, TX House of Blues
Wednesday October 2 Austin, TX Emo's
Friday October 4 Albuquerque, NM El Rey Theatre
Saturday October 5 Phoenix, AZ Van Buren
Sunday October 6 San Diego, CA SOMA
Tuesday October 8 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
Wednesday October 9 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
Saturday October 12 Sacramento, CA Aftershock

Track listing:

1. Chaos From Within
2. My Sanity
3. Do The Paranoid Style
4. The Approach
5. Lose Your Head
6. End Of History
7. Age Of Unreason
8. Candidate
9. Faces Of Grief
10. Old Regime
11. Big Black Dog
12. Downfall
13. Since Now
14. What Tomorrow Brings

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