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Bad Religion

Promoted by Goldenvoice. Band: Greg Graffin, Greg Hetson, Brian Baker, Jay Bentley, Bobby Schayer. Opened and reviewed Sept. 26, 1996, closed Sept. 28. L.A. punk stalwarts Bad Religion can usually be counted on for shows of the short and sweet variety, and at the first of three homecoming and tour-ending shows at the Palace, the band certainly delivered one of their shortest local sets in recent memory. But not much can be said for the onstage lethargy of a band apparently happy to be coming off the road. The quintet cruised through 25 songs most of which lament the screwed-up world as they see it in a record 65 minutes, barely stopping long enough between songs to spit on the old Palace stage and barely breaking a sweat in the process. The performance was spot-on, a product of their long tour, but the five played without their usual cocky swagger and rousing enthusiasm, a disappointment considering the brash set they played at a Palladium benefit show in February. On that night, the band nearly started a riot in the audience; at this one, people clapped and then quietly went home. Singer Greg Graffin smirked and frowned his way through his furious songs of social outrage and Angst, while his bandmates slammed out 90-second syncopated punk ditties that eventually blended into each other, even at such a short show as this one, which didn't include an encore. Bad Religion has always delivered inspiring shows on their home turf and, after all these years, can be forgiven for this one, which was all but mailed in. Troy J. Augusto

Promoted by Goldenvoice. Band: Greg Graffin, Greg Hetson, Brian Baker, Jay Bentley, Bobby Schayer. Opened and reviewed Sept. 26, 1996, closed Sept. 28. L.A. punk stalwarts Bad Religion can usually be counted on for shows of the short and sweet variety, and at the first of three homecoming and tour-ending shows at the Palace, the band certainly delivered one of their shortest local sets in recent memory. But not much can be said for the onstage lethargy of a band apparently happy to be coming off the road. The quintet cruised through 25 songs most of which lament the screwed-up world as they see it in a record 65 minutes, barely stopping long enough between songs to spit on the old Palace stage and barely breaking a sweat in the process. The performance was spot-on, a product of their long tour, but the five played without their usual cocky swagger and rousing enthusiasm, a disappointment considering the brash set they played at a Palladium benefit show in February. On that night, the band nearly started a riot in the audience; at this one, people clapped and then quietly went home. Singer Greg Graffin smirked and frowned his way through his furious songs of social outrage and Angst, while his bandmates slammed out 90-second syncopated punk ditties that eventually blended into each other, even at such a short show as this one, which didn’t include an encore. Bad Religion has always delivered inspiring shows on their home turf and, after all these years, can be forgiven for this one, which was all but mailed in. Troy J. Augusto

Bad Religion

(Palace; 1,250 capacity; $ 15.50)

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