Bad Religion got in one last show at  Filmore Auditorium in Denver before leaving tour for 48 hours because, according to their Instagram, a member of the band has contracted COVID.

Their performance in Denver was ageless. Bad Religion never disappoints in person; they’re expert entertainers after 40 years. They sound big and full; the songs pop off, and their records and bounce off the walls the way kids in the pit bounce off each other. It’s worth getting out to see them, a live band who stand up to the recording, and there’s no compression like listening on a streaming service.

They’ll probably pull a punk rock Rolling Stones and be out there on the road in another 20 years once they get through with COVID.  From Brian Baker to Jay Bentley, the roll through the ages playing songs from all over the last 40 years of albums. Greg Graffin is captivating on stage; he’s sage and has seen the punk rock world turn since inception. The experience is worth the ticket price, for a bunch of reasons—it’s Bad Religion ;there isn’t much to say that hasn’t been said, and a fan should experience the strength of their presence for themselves.

Then—wait for it—Bad Religion could play alone on a bill with a guy named Bill who plays a rubber band, and that’s a bargain, but Alkaline Trio!

Alkaline Trio was great. They also jumped all over their albums and played so many fan favorites—seriously, every Alkaline Trio song is a favorite. They play them all splendid, switching back and fourth between Matt Skiba and Dan Andriano songs. So much fun.

War On Women are stars. Crazy big sound, and Shawna Potter is captivating; she’s a live wire and brings a spark to the stage.

The tour will carry on without Bad Religion for a few shows, and the California leg of tour is rescheduled for December.


Joshua Maranhas is a Denver based writer and photographer born in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He specializes in 1990s hardcore, post-hardcore, and future punk rock.

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