The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise, The Vandals Live In Philadelphia (8/2/14)

Last Saturday, sort of on a whim I headed to Philadelphia’s Electric Factory to catch The Offspring play Smash in it’s entirety, Bad Religion, Pennywise, and The Vandals (aka Warped tour 1998).  I was having a hard time resolving it in my mind going to a punk show that was +$60 which is just absurd to me, so I was afraid the whole thing would be artificial, etc.  I decided fuck it and I’ll just go and have fun… punk cred be damned.

I bought a ticket from someone outside who had an extra, and lo and behold it was a fake (what a piece of a shit).  I lucked out though because the couple in line behind me heard what happened and had an extra, and gave it to me for free.  You, super couple are my heros and seriously made my day and week and gave me hope that there are good people out there for every piece of shit.  Thank you.

The Vandals

The show was outside on Electric Factory’s Summer stage and the rain stayed away so we can bring the circle pits.  First up were The Vandals, who before the show I was the most excited to see.  I’ve loved The Vandals for many years and only got to see them once back at a warped tour in the early 2000s, and only partially their set.

The Cali punks took the stage and immediately broke out into “It’s A Fact” off of The Quickening which had a small amount of people singing along and dancing to.  Yes, the majority of the giant crowd didn’t know who they were (a shame), but neither they nor us fans really gave a shit.  They gave some ridiculous stage banter as they blasted through their hits, and took “requests” from the crowd to which they replied “we don’t actually care what you want to hear, we HAVE A SETLIST.”  Good to see The Vandals haven’t changed at all.

Setlist:
It’s A Fact
Cafe 405
People Who Are Going To Hell
Oi To The World
I’ve Got An Ape Drape
I Know, Huh?
Anarchy Burger
And Now We Dance
My Girlfriend’s Dead
Don’t Stop Me Now (Queen cover)

Pennywise:

Holy bro party.  Next up were Pennywise who admittedly I haven’t really much too since Full Circle, so I didn’t know most of their newer stuff (aka anything after Full Circle) and was probably the least excited for them.  But I’d be lying if I didn’t say there was of course a special place in my punk rock heart for Pennywise, the amount of times I’ve skated in the early 00s to Fight Til You Die and Bro Hymn, so when they played the older stuff, I was dancing away (even if they didn’t play Fight Til You Die).

Someone through a shoe on stage, to which Fletcher poured his beer in and drank from.  With both a look of disgust and applause from the crowd, it was clear Pennywise was here to party.

Setlist:
Pennywise
Rules
My Own Country
Same Old Story
My Own Way
Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones cover)
Restless Time
Unknown Road
Perfect People
Fuck Authority
Society
Bro Hymn

Bad Religion:

I’d say most of the “punk” crowd was there for Bad Religion, and I have to say I was originally more excited about them as well than Offspring.  Another band I never really got into the later stuff (see a trend here?) I was hoping to hear some off Suffer and their older jams, and I was not disappointed, with them even playing my favorite “You” second.

Greg and company surprisingly kept the preaching to a minimum for a Bad Religion show, perhaps letting the message of the music speak for itself.  They did a block of songs off Suffer which had us oldsters losing our shit the way us oldsters do (aka pits and lots of ibuprofen).

Setlist:
A Walk
You
Generator
New Dark Ages
21st Century Digital Boy
True North
SkyscraperSupersonic
Sorrow
You Are The Government
1000 More Fools
Best For You
Do What You Want
Infected
Dept Of False Hope
American Jesus

The Offspring:

The Offspring have been at it a long time, and the fact that they were playing their critically acclaimed Smash in it’s entirety had people who would usually not go to see The Offspring or a punk show in general coming out.  I’ll admit, I didn’t have high hopes for the band or the show, but holy shit was I blown away.  The energy was insane with giant pits throughout, and I mean, it’s fucking Smash.

The band took the stage to the intro “Time To Relax” before busting in Nitro (Youth Energy), and really didn’t let up the rest of the show.  The crowd was loud, Dexter was nailing the vocals and the band played through Smash and then added a few bonus songs at the end while they took an “Intermission” (as that track played from Ixnay On The Hombre).

They took the stage again and blasted into All I Want and then proceeded to play a few hits from their catalog (mostly off of Americana).  I did not hear my favorite Elders off their Self Titled, but honestly I wasn’t expecting to.  I’ll be honest, one of the most fun shows I’ve been to in a while.

Setlist:
Time To Relax
Nitro (Youth Energy)
Bad Habit
Gotta Get Away
Genocide
Something To Believe In
Come Out And Play
It’ll Be A Long Time
Killboy Powderhead (Didjits cover)
What Happened To You?
So Alone
Not The One
Smash
Self Esteem

Intermission
All I Want
You’re Gonna Go Far KId
Staring At The Sun
Why Don’t You Get A Job
Americana
(Can’t Get My) Head Around You
Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)
The Kids Aren’t Alright

MP3:
The Offspring – Elders
Bad Religion – Fuck Armageddon This Is Hell
The Vandals – N.I.M.B.Y

More:
The Offspring – Self Titled
Bad Religion – How Could Hell Be Any Worse?
The Vandals – Live Fast Diarrhea

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