Bad Religion

Review + Gallery: Bad Religion, Against Me! and Dave Hause in Philadelphia

If you were at The Fillmore in Philadelphia this past Wednesday, October 5th, you saw one of the best damn shows ever. I’m talking about The Vox Populi Tour featuring Dave Hause, Against Me!, and the one and only Bad Religion.

If I could sum up the night in one image, it would be of Kermit flailing his arms around and screaming, “YAAAAAAAAAAAY!” But the taskmasters here at FtLP want words instead. Jerks. Pfft.

Dave Hause opened up the night and he was just awesome. Hailing from the Philadelphia area, he was playing to his home crowd, and his home crowd showed their appreciation. For most of his (too short) set, it was Dave playing guitar and belting out songs while his brother, Tim, supported him (mainly on keyboards). Towards the end of the set, Jay Bentley and Atom Willard came out to play the last of the songs with the brothers’ Hause. Dave’s voice reaches out and grabs you by the soul and won’t let go–if you have a chance to ever catch one of his shows, go–no excuses.

Partial setlist: Damascus; Melanin; Prague (Revive Me); C’mon Kid; Dirty Fucker; We Could Be Kings

As soon as Against Me! came on stage, the crowd just went bananas, and rightfully so! Laura Jane Grace looked like she was having a fucking blast and that energy fed the fans. From “I Was a Teenage Anarchist” to “FuckMyLife666” the band kicked out one great song after another. Sometime around “Boyfriend”, the crowd started getting rowdy and water bottles and bodies started flying. They closed out their set with “True Trans Soul Rebel” and most of us wished they had played for another 45 minutes.

Partial setist: Transgender Dysphoria Blues; I Was a Teenage Anarchist; FuckMyLife666; 333; White People for Peace; Haunting, Haunted, Haunts; Boyfriend; Black Me Out; True Trans Soul Rebel

Closing out the night was Bad Religion. This band is the reason I started listening to punk and going to concerts (they were the first concert I ever took myself to once I turned 18 and I haven’t looked back since). There was no opening banter, instead they launched straight into “You Are (the Government)” and 28 songs later finished the evening with “Fuck Armageddon … This is Hell”. Their set covered the breadth of their career, showcasing songs from How Could Hell Be Any Worse? to True North, and goddamn y’all. GODDAMN! Though I wasn’t able to see them live back in the 80s, starting in the 90s I did and their energy this week has not diminished. The showmanship and musicality have only gotten better over the years. I think the highlight of the show (for me) was when they launched into “Television” and Laura Jane Grace came running from the wings to pick up a mic and share vocal duties with Greg. I say again GODDAMN! They closed with “American Jesus” before coming back for a 3 song encore of “Infected”, ‘Sorrow”, and “Fuck Armageddon … This is Hell”.

Full Bad Religion Setlist:

You Are (The Government)
New Dark Ages
Atomic Garden
Come Join Us
Let Them Eat War
Television (with Laura Jane Grace)
Fuck You
Flat Earth Society
Against the Grain
Change of Ideas
The Answer
Recipe for Hate
Watch it Die
1000 More Fools
Best for You
Overture/Sinister Rouge
The Streets of America
Delirium of Disorder
Do What You Want
Robin Hood in Reverse
I Want to Conquer the World
21st Century (Digital Boy)
American Jesus

* all photos by Anni Kellam

Remaining Vox Populi Tour Dates:

Thursday, October 20, 2016 In The Venue Salt Lake City, UT
Friday, October 21, 2016 The Foundry Hall Las Vegas, NV
Monday, October 24, 2016 McDonald Theater Eugene, OR
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Shobox SoDo Seattle, WA
Thursday, October 27, 2016 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR
Saturday, October 29, 2016 Ace of Spades Sacramento, CA
Sunday, October 30, 2016 Warfield Theatre San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, November 01, 2016 Riverside Municipal Auditorium Riverside, CA
Friday, November 04, 2016 Hollywood Palladium Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, November 03, 2016 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ

About Ann Kellam

Ann Kellam

EMAIL: [email protected]com
LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA

BIO: Music photographer, cat lover, and cookie baker. Huntington Beach native, now residing in Philly. If you’re a band passing through, I’ll take pretty pictures of you/your show, and (if asked) will even bring you cookies.

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