Per Brooklyn Vegan comes news of an elaborate 30-year (!!) birthday celebration for poli-sci pop-punks Bad Religion, taking the multi-night chronological approach favored by the Lucinda Williamses and My Morning Jackets of the world. To wit:
To celebrate their 30th anniversary Bad Religion has chosen New York City’s Irving Plaza to host 3 historic nights of music showcasing different albums from across the decades.
Night 1 (10/20) – From How Can Hell Be Any Worse to No Control:
On this night a selection of songs focusing on the first decade of the band will be played. A great cross section of songs that introduced the world to Bad Religion. This will also include an evening of hits and new songs.
Night 2 (10/26) – Against the Grain to No Substance:
Just like night one, this first set will focus on songs from Against the Grain, Generator, Recipe for Hate, Stranger than Fiction, The Gray Race and No Substance as well as hits and sings from the new release.
Night 3 (10/27) – The New America to The New Maps of Hell and Beyond:
Focusing on the last Decade of Bad Religion, This will include songs from The New America, Process of Belief, The Empire Strikes First, The New Maps of Hell and the new release.
The Night 2 sweet spot is something, right? Don’t even act like The Gray Race isn’t wildly underrated. Three-day VIP pass available here; among other enticements, we never get to see Tom Breihan anymore and we suspect this will lure him back to town.