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Bad Religion and company rocked the punks at Y-D

Submitted by on June 16, 2012 – 11:11 amNo Comment

Perhaps one of the largest and most passionate crowds of the entire North by Northeast festival had to of come with the solid punk-rock line-up that trashed Yonge-Dundas square on the second night of NXNE, June 14.

For a triad of rockers that have been at it since the late 1980s, their energy levels hadn’t dissipated one bit.

Starting with No Use For A Name (which really they don’t need, because everybody knows them well.) the crowd was well warmed up for what was to come with Good Riddance and Bad Religion to follow.

As a member of Fat Wreck Records, founded of course by the one and only Fat Mike of NOFX, they’ve been destroying the punk scene for more than 20 years, and they showed the emphatic crowd a quaint reminder of just why. Young and old, the crowd were right in tune with the group.

Although front man of the band, Tony Sly, has been doing much solo work, he said NXNE was a reminder of just why he wanted to get the band rolling again and back in studio.

“The band is my priority,” said Sly. “I want to get No Use going again and my goal right now is to get the band back into studio. I want to tour relentlessly like we did in the 90s.”Next at bat was Good Riddance, and although not one song is much over two-minutes, it’s clear with them that good things come in small packages. Although the crowd menaced the band for not having played Toronto in almost a decade, they were more than enthusiastically excited to hear them again.

Playing about 25 songs in less than an hour, the flow was constant and hard-hitting for crowd-surfers and beer drinkers alike all jammed into the one city block that is Y-D Square.Did I mention that sponsors of the likes of Monster Energy drinks and Willy Wonka candy were handing out samples all night at the Square? No wonder everyone was hyped up to the max. Fast guitars and fast heart beats always work cohesively.

This ridiculously over-assertive shirtless punk had to be forcefully removed by security. Diagnosis, too much Monster and beer combined would be my guess. But I’m no Dr. House.The night closed off with the one and only Bad Religion, one of the political punk-rock scene’s longest standing advocates and staples. No surprise why.

They plucked from a catalogue of almost 30-years running for their two-hour set, starting the crowd with classics such as “American Jesus” and “21st Century (Digital Boy).”

They tapped even further into their plethora of hits going back to songs from “Recipe For Hate” showing once and for all that punk isn’t dead and won’t be dying anytime soon. For a band that’s been playing non-stop for the last three decades, they haven’t aged at all.

That is until Greg Gaffin gave a speech about “kids these days…” that gave away their age in the clearest of senses.At the end of the night, one feeling was synonymous amongst all – this was like a sample of Warped-Tour quality stage presence and the ambiance was of exactly that.

Story By Devin Size; Photos by Tee Onek

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