punk rock veterans BAD RELIGION will embark on a US tour this spring. The 10-date trek will begin March 26 in Tucson, Arizona and end April 9 in San Diego, California. Support for the tour will come from SLAUGHTERHOUSE. Tickets go on sale today (Tuesday, Feb. 1) at 10 a.m. PST, except for Salt Lake City, Portland, and Seattle, which are already on sale.
March 26 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto Theater
March 28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union
March 30 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert Hall
April 01 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
April 02 – Bend, OR @ Midtown Ballroom
April 03 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
April 05 – Monterey, CA @ Golden State Theater
April 06 – Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater
April 08 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues Anaheim
April 09 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues San Diego
Having celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2020, BAD RELIGION formed in 1980 in the suburbs of Los Angeles. The group has become synonymous with intelligent and provocative West Coast punk rock and is considered one of the most influential and important bands of the genre. BAD RELIGION continually pushed social boundaries and challenged authority and beliefs, armed only with propelling guitars, charged drum beats, thoughtful lyrics and an unwavering drive to inspire and provoke anyone who wants to listen.
The band released their 17th studio album, “The Age of Unreason”in 2019. The critically acclaimed record offers a fiery and intensely relevant musical response to the times, with songs that address a myriad of socio-political illnesses, including conspiracy theories, racist rallies, Asset, the erosion of the middle class, alternative facts and more. There’s a stylistic consistency to the band’s iconic and influential sound – fast beats, big hooks and catchy choruses, but each new song remains distinctive, using composition, melody and lyrics to deliver a unique narrative in line with the band’s vision. long-standing humanist world of the group.
In December 2020, BAD RELIGION celebrated 40 years of music with “Decades”, a four-episode online streaming event captured live at the Roxy Theater in Hollywood, CA. The group felt it was important to commemorate the end of 2020 as a strange moment in history when it reached that 40-year milestone. The celebratory episodes included live performance footage, exclusive interviews and a look at their rehearsals leading up to the recording of “Decades”.
In August 2020, BAD RELIGION published his autobiography, “Do What You Wish: The Story of Bad Religion”, written with the full cooperation and support of the band. It reveals the highs and lows of the band’s 40-year career, from their early days as teenagers experimenting in a San Fernando Valley garage nicknamed “The Hell Hole” to headlining major festivals. music from around the world. The book mainly presents the four main voices of BAD RELIGION in a hybrid oral history/narrative format: Greg Graffin, Brett Gurewitz, Jay Bentley and Brian Baker. It also includes rare photos and previously unseen material from their archives.
In September 2020, Graffin spoke to Radio program “The Five Accounts” on what motivates him to create new music four decades after the veteran punk band’s career began.
“That’s the thing that’s unique about BAD RELIGIONis our long catalog, our huge catalog of songs and albums,” he said. 30 years because they don’t release new music.
“When BAD RELIGION decides to release new music, it’s not just because the world is in turmoil; I don’t think that’s very inspiring as a songwriter,” he explained.
“We write music that we hope expresses a kind of sense of optimism, even if our music is rather pessimistic. [Laughs]”
He added: “It’s funny, because a lot of fans say, ‘Your music is about such serious stuff. Many things are tragic about the human condition. But it still makes me feel so good. [Laughs] And they’re not black people — they’re not negative, nihilistic people.
“There’s something hopeful and uplifting about our music, and it’s something I feel great artistic satisfaction for.”