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Friday night at the 9:30 Club, Bad Religion commanded the stage much like it does its songs: with guns blazing. But the mood onstage was light. “How many of you are in town for the Cherry Blossom Festival?” said lead singer Greg Graffin. Motioning to lead guitarist Brian Baker, Graffin said, “Let’s ask the native.” Baker replied, “Don’t ask me, I’ve been on tour.” (Baker did show some hometown love, though, sporting a T-shirt from D.C.’s own Deathfix.)
Bad Religion’s latest record, True North is obviously becoming a fan favorite—-at least judging by the reception the band got when it charged into its title track, which was almost as loud as the favorite “Come Join Us.” The band may be in its 30th year, but the energy it radiates onstage is still inspiring. See photos from the show in the gallery.