By Alexis Simpson
“You can’t go wrong with a band whose frontman has a P.h.D., ” said one of my friends who was envious of our opportunity to cover Bad Religion’s Detroit leg of their North American tour. Bad Religion filled St. Andrew’s Hall with punk rock lovers, young, old, and rambunctious. Security wasn’t playing that night as they assertively marched the unruliest fans out the door and expertly manhandled the crowdsurfers. Singer Greg Graffin was on point with perfect phrasing throughout the fast-paced songs, and a youthful voice that a countless number of punk singers still emulate. Graffin was chatty with the crowd and told us about how Toronto refused to serve him a beer late in the show because it was too late. Graffin wisely acknowledged that Detroit was too hard to do something like that. Bad Religion presented themselves as a talented group of down to earth artists who still aren’t afraid to shake things up and lead the way in punk rock at the same time.
|Greg Graffin – vocals
Brett Gurewitz – guitar, background vocals
Greg Hetson – guitar
Jay Bentley – bass, background vocals
Brian Baker – guitar
Brooks Wackerman – drums