Warming up the crowd, Rise Against hit the stage with tons of energy, blasting through songs off its new album, Siren Song of the Counter Culture. The band rocked the energetic "Give It All" from the new album, which is also featured on the compilation, Rock Against Bush Vol. 1. Rise Against played a strong set and got the crowd ready for West Coast punk legends Bad Religion.
Bad Religion kicked off their set with "Overture," the first song from their latest release, The Empire Strikes First, then glided into the song "Sinister Rogue." Singer Greg Graffin explained that there was some "Hollywood magic" being used for the DVD; the two BR shows at the Palladium will be rolled into one.
Bad Religion played old and new material alike, busting out some oldies with "21st Century Digital Boy," "Generator" and "Infected," as well as songs from the new album. They also played the powerful "Social Suicide," the chant-a-long "God’s Love," the politically charged "Let Them Eat War," and the band’s most recent radio hit dedicated to our fair city, "Los Angeles Is Burning."
Fueled with energy and intensity, the band left the stage with the crowd chanting "American Jesus." No show is complete without an encore, and Bad Religion did not disappoint, coming back to play one of their most well-known radio hits, "Sorrow."