Bad Religion have cancelled the remaining dates on their European/UK tour due to a “family emergency.” The band issued the following statement:
“There has been a family emergency within the band, and as a result, we must cancel the remainder of our UK and European tour dates for this year. We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience and understanding.”
Bad Religion have announced a spring U.S. tour with Slaughterhouse. Here’s the dates:
03/26 Tucson, AZ – The Rialto Theatre
03/28 Salt Lake City, UT – The Union
03/30 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory Concert Hall
04/01 Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
04/02 Bend, OR – Midtown Ballroom
04/03 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
04/05 Monterey, CA – Golden State Theatre
04/06 Ventura, CA – Majestic Ventura Theatre
04/08 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues Anaheim
04/09 San Diego, CA – House of Blues San Diego
Bad Religion and Alkaline Trio have officially announced the rescheduled dates for their co-headlining tour. The trek is now scheduled to take place this fall with War On Women set to open.
10/15 Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium
10/16 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
10/17 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee Theatre
10/19 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/20 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
10/22 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
10/23 St Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live!
10/24 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Café
10/26 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
10/27 Norfolk, VA – The NorVA
10/29 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
10/30 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
10/31 Asbury Park, NJ – Convention Hall
11/03 Richmond, VA – The National
11/05 Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Riverworks
11/06 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
11/07 Philadelphia, PA – The Met
11/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
11/10 Columbus, OH – EXPRESS LIVE! – Indoor Music Hall
11/12 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
11/13 Chicago, IL – Radius
11/14 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
11/16 Saint Paul, MN – Palace Theatre
11/17 Saint Louis, MO – The Pageant
11/19 Denver, CO – The Fillmore
11/20 Salt Lake City, UT – The Union
11/22 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
11/23 Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
11/24 San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
11/26 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
Bad Religion have premiered a new song titled “Emancipation Of The Mind.” The track is an outtake from the band’s 2019 album “Age Of Unreason” and Greg Graffin had the following to say about it:
“I think the song really is a celebration of enlightenment values that can be cultivated through enthusiastic learning and open-mindedness. So often we’re told what to think. But learning how to think (as opposed to learning what to think) is a true feeling of emancipation from the constraints of indoctrination that are so commonplace in our society.”
Bad Religion will be celebrating their 40th anniversary with a four-part streaming series titled “Decades.” Each set was filmed live at The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, California and they all focus on different decades.
Here’s the dates:
12/12: “Bad Religion: The ’80s”
12/19: “Bad Religion: The ’90s”
12/26: “Bad Religion: The ’00s”
01/02: “Bad Religion: The ’10s”
The following was said about each performance:
* The ’80s – Bad Religion performs songs from “How Could Hell Be Any Worse”, “Suffer” and “No Control”. They discuss what it was like being young punks in a world of Pacman, Reaganomics and televangelism.
* The ’90’s – Bad Religion performs songs from “Against The Grain”, “Generator”, “Recipe For Hate”, “Stranger Than Fiction”, “The Gray Race” and “No Substance”. This decade cemented their position as one of the most influential and prolific bands of our time, but it didn’t come easy or without cost; the band discusses the growing pains and lessons learned.
* The ’00s – Bad Religion performs songs from “The New America”, “The Process Of Belief”, “The Empire Strikes First” and “New Maps Of Hell”. Returning home and charging forward into a new millennium, Bad Religion continued to awe with their prowess, releasing some of their most beloved material to date.
* The ’10s – Bad Religion performs songs from “The Dissent Of Man”, “True North” and “Age Of Unreason”. The COVID-19 pandemic cut short their plans to tour in support of “The Age Of Unreason” and are now performing material never seen live before. The band discusses the gratitude they live with every day looking back on 40 years of being Bad Religion and the legacy they are still actively creating.”
Greg Graffin commented:
“I can speak for the whole band when I say that we were so disappointed to not be able to tour this year. It is our fans and all those concerts we play each year that provide the life-force of Bad Religion. ‘Decades’ allows new fans as well as those who were there at the beginning to get a rich overview of our entire career and witness the changes in songwriting and performance styles at each stage of our evolution.”
Bad Religion have premiered a new song titled “What Are We Standing For.” The band commented:
“In this time of tribal nationalism, dissent, as a form of political speech, is vital to democracy. ‘What Are We Standing For’ is an outtake from ‘Age Of Unreason’. It is one of support and compassion for professional athletes, and others, whom have taken a knee to protest police brutality and racism.”
Bad Religion have shared a demo version of their song “Don’t Lose Your Head.” The final version of that track appeared on the band’s 2019 album “Age Of Unreason.” The group commented:
“Here’s a demo version of ‘Don’t Lose Your Head’, with a faster tempo and alternate lyrics that Brett and Greg developed at Brett’s home studio. When producer Carlos de la Garza was brought on board, he suggested trying a slower version. We liked both versions equally so, when we entered Sunset Sound to record ‘Age Of Unreason’, we decided to work on basic tracks for both and choose later. It was a close call but ultimately we chose the slow version. This demo version is the result of taking previously unreleased rhythm tracks from the Sunset Sound sessions and combining them with the original home demo recordings to bring the fast version of the song to life.”
Bad Religion recently released a reimagined version of “Faith Alone” and now it looks like more new music is on the way. During a recent interview with Q104.3, Greg Graffin said that the group have “a string of other singles” that they are planning to release amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Graffin said the following while discussing the band’s postponed touring plans:
“Bad Religion still has a pretty grueling touring schedule. We’d sold a lot of tickets this year. And by March, obviously, it was clear that we were gonna be sidelined. Yet still, we reassured our fans that we were going to honor those tickets, and as soon as we’re through this crisis, we will.
A band is a lot more than just playing live, so we’ve tried to maintain our sanity and offer something to the fans. We just put out a single called ‘Faith Alone 2020’; you can find it on streaming services. And we’ve got a string of other singles that are gonna be coming out during this time. Because when we’re not on tour, we spend a lot of time in the studio. And now we all have music rooms and we all have Pro Tools studios at our houses. And we’re trying to fill in the time by doing creative, collaborative works like that.”
He also added:
“If you’re a creative band, you’re active right now. Because regardless of what a lot of bands will tell you, it’s not that easy to write music when you’re on tour. You have to partition your energy. And the idea of a band getting together after a concert, getting in a bus and just writing music, in our experience, that just doesn’t happen. Good writing is really a time of reflection, and it happens at times like these. So I think creative bands can be in a really good mode right now of producing material. As far as getting out there and playing, there’s only a certain number of venues, and everyone’s gonna be wanting to get out into those venues. So it remains to be seen how we’re going to partition the tours in the next year. But bands like Bad Religion, certainly, we have committed ourselves — we’ve already sold tickets, and I think those will be honored in the normal way.”
Bad Religion have shared a reworked version of their song “Faith Alone.” The new version of the track was recorded remotely and it includes vocals and piano from Greg Graffin, additional instrumentation from Brett Gurewitz, drums from Jamie Miller, and strings from Stevie Blacke.
“I have always written songs on piano. Some of our earliest songs were written on my mom’s piano. I’ve been home a lot and so I started recording a bunch of our songs that way. Brett thought ‘Faith Alone’ was particularly relevant for this moment. For me, it exemplifies what’s special about the band, which is that we write songs that go to the spiritual and intellectual aspects of human existence.”
“I think the message of ‘Faith Alone’ really resonates with everything that’s happening right now. Racial injustice, Trump, the COVID pandemic, the rejection of science, none of these things can be solved by burying our heads in the sand. We’ve always believed problems can be solved through reason and action, not faith and prayer. It’s what we’ve been writing about since the band started.”
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