01. Sinister Rouge
02. No Control
04. Social Suicide
05. Los Angeles Is Burning
06. Modern Man
07. Kyoto Now
08. Stranger Than Fiction
09. Struck a Nerve
10. Let Them Eat War
12. Change of Ideas
14. Recipe for Hate
15. Atomic Garden
16. 10 in 2010
18. Come Join Us
19. I Want To Conquer the World
20. 21st Century Digital Boy
22. Fuck Armageddon
26. American Jesus
27. Along The Way
28. Do What You Want
29. Only Gonna Die
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Live At The Palladium DVD
This DVD features explosive live footage shot over two nights at the famous Hollywood Palladium that has been condensed down to one spitfire performance! This DVD also contains extremely rare content such as an acoustic piano version of "Cease," in-depth interviews with all current band members discussing the band¹s formation, evolution and career. You'll also get never-before-seen live footage from the New Wave Theatre circa 1981-1983, a band photo gallery featuring new and vintage images of the bands, as well as a slew of music videos from the band!
Live At The Palladium DVD
GREG GRAFFIN – VOCALS
BRETT GUREWITZ – GUITAR
JAY BENTLEY – BASS
GREG HETSON – GUITAR
BRIAN BAKER – GUITAR
BROOKS WACKERMAN – DRUMS
FILMED AT THE HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM ON NOVEMBER 20TH AND 21ST 2004
DIRECTED BY ZACH MERCK
TO ALL THE FANS OF BAD RELIGION PAST AND PRESENT:
WITHOUT YOU HOT AIR WOULD FILL THE CONCERT HALLS.
THANKS FOR LISTENING TO AND DIGESTING OUR MUSIC AND GIVING US A REASON TO MAKE RECORDS, YOU ARE A PART OF OUR LIVES AND WE GREATLY APPRECIATE THAT. SEE YOU IN THE PIT!
“ANGRY” ANDY WRIGHT – ALLISON KLEINHEINZ – ANNA SOSS – AUSTIN BROWN AT PAUL FRANK – BEN, IAN, JON AND AARON FROM NILLY TALENT – BILL W. – BOB DIXON AT AMPHOLE – BOBBY BOLTON – CARLOS DONOHUE – CHACHA WINKY – CHRIS SIGLIN – D.W. DRUMS – DARRYL EATON – DEL LEMUR – ED BENTLEY – ERIC GREENSPAN – EVANS DRUMEHEADS – FAT, SMELLY, HEFE, MELVIN, KENT FROM “THAT” BAND – FRANK NUTI GINA, RICHARD, LORRIE, MAX AND FRIDA GUREWITZ – GRAHAM AND ELLA GRAFFIN – GYPSY GARMIN – HEIKE KRMAER – JEF ABARTA AND ALL AT EPITAPH – JENS GREIGER – JIMMY “ I WANT A WINDOW SEAT” GOETZ AT THORNDIKE TRAVEL – JOE AND MICHELLE SEEMAYER – JOHNNY PALLADINO – JUNE RICHARDSON – KATHERIN PEARSON – KELLE AND JOHN MUSGRAVE – KELLIE AT SEYMOUR DUNCAN – KELLY WACKERMAN – KEVIN AND KATRINA ROSE – KEVIN LYMAN – KURT SOTO AT VANS – MATT RADOSEVICH – MICHAELA BENTLEY – MILES AND HUNTER BENTLEY – MATT MCGREEVEY – MOM AND DAD GRAFFIN – MR. GUINNESS – NATALIA FABIA – NICK PRITCHARD – PHIL FROM AUDIX – RANDY STEFFERS – ROBERT “ROACH” YOUNG – RONNIE KIMBALL – STEVE KRAVAC – STEVEN BARLEVI – STEVEN BORDAS – THE WACKERMAN FAMILY – TIEN AT MESA BOOGIE – TIM CADIENTE – TONNI MARIUMA – VATER STICKS – VICTORIA REIS – VIOLET HETSON – ZILDJIAN CYMBALS
ALSO THANKS TO OUR ROAD CREW:
TIMMY MCDUFFEE – TOUR MANAGER
RANDY STEFFERS – FOH
KENT JAMESON – FOH
CARLOS DONOHUE – FOH
LIMO – DRUMS AND MONITORS
STEVEN BORDAS – DRUMS
HANS – GUITARS
ANGRY ANDY – TRUCKING
WILLIAM “PENSKE” WILKIE – MERCH
ROBERT “ROACH” YOUNG – MERCH
DESIGN BY NICK PRITCHARD – METROSEA.COM
PHOTOGRAPH BY GARY LEONARD – ALISON BRAUN – MARTIN BECK
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US Rel. Date: 03/07/2006
EU Rel. Date: 03/06/2006
— Gil Scott Heron
When Gil Scott Heron wrote these infamous lines, he could not have predicted the full onslaught of the DIY media age, nor could he have foreseen the effects that it would have on the larger culture. When he wrote his most famous song, videos weren't even a fledgling industry, and the VCR revolution was several years away. Today, even the smallest gesture can be recorded, replayed, and kept for posterity on a DVD or a PC.
This has yielded mixed results. On one hand, in the wrong hands, mass media can provide sensory overload and desensitization to the very artifacts it is attempting to preserve, making it all but impossible to sift through the vast array of information or entertainment at our disposal (been to youtube lately?). But occasionally, the ability to possess anything ever recorded onto film can yield great results. Such is the case with the still young industry of concert DVDs.
One of the most influential of the politically revolutionary punk bands, who share many of the same values and reservations as Gil Scott Heron, is Bad Religion. But due perhaps to the same DIY ethic that keeps them out of the mainstream (and caused fans no small consternation when they signed briefly to a major label), there has been a reluctance to memorialize the band effectively. Before now, to preserve a performance on high-quality film would be costly, and therefore would risk credibility, so fans have been content to own various low-quality, bootleg-looking visual records of the band. But no more.
It has been a long time coming, but Live at the Palladium is the kind of DVD that makes any other prior release practically obsolete. This is not to say that it is flawless, but simply that it is essential. For instance, the set list contains a substantial number of songs from The Empire Strikes First (six), but they do pick the strongest tracks (in the process, making that album sound a lot more solid than it actually is), and they evenly represent almost every stage in the band's 20-plus year-old career (excepting the Into the Unknown [an album the band has unanimously disavowed] and both of the final two albums made during Mr. Brett Gurewitz's self-imposed exile [although strangely, they do feature three songs from the first post-Gurewitz record, The Grey Race, including Greg Gaffin's chillingly beautiful solo piano rendition of "Cease"]).
The look and sound of the DVD are nothing short of amazing. For some reason, most bands, even some of the most successful, can't seem to produce a DVD that looks or sounds any better than a freshman film-student project (Cheap Trick leaps to mind). While Live at the Palladium may not be quite on the level with Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz or Jonathan Demme's trinity (Stop Making Sense, Storefront Hitchcock and Heart of Gold), it is without a doubt, the best looking and sounding punk concert DVD on the market, with the possible exception of Green Day's American Idiot (a film that, while well-filmed, suffered from occasionally sluggish pacing, which is definitely not the case here). The sets are relatively simple but powerful, and the lighting, mostly in red and white to match the set's backdrop, is clear and rich, bolstered by a driving 5.1 mix.
While set lists, looks and sound are important, the most significant aspect of any performance DVD is the performance itself, and here is where Bad Religion truly deliver. They are, quite simply, gripping. While they've never been the textbook example of what "punk-cool" looks like (in fact, I often found myself thinking that Greg Gaffin is what Robert Pollard might resemble if he ever sobered up, got an age-appropriate haircut, and discovered that he had something significant to say), their down-to-earth look, especially that of Gaffin, dressed for casual Friday at your local real-estate office, serves only to drive home the point that this band has very little concern for the superficial. Instead, they focus their energy on ripping through a daunting catalog of material with enough enthusiasm and stamina to intimidate many bands half their age.
While the concert is amazing and exhilarating (not exhausting, amazingly, for a set list that includes 31 songs), what may be of equal interest to fans is the interview footage from band members spliced between sets of songs. While there is an option allowing the viewer to omit these interviews -- finally somebody gets it -- even the most casual curious fan would be well-served to leave the interviews in, at least the first time around, as they are fascinating, informative and well-paced.
While Gil Scott Heron may not have foreseen the possibilities of mass media in revolution, he was right about one thing: "The revolution will put you in the driver's seat." Now you can turn on the DVD player, pick your sound and vision options from the set-up menu, sit back, and prepare to be amazed by a truly remarkable concert from a revolutionary band.
The set list from the two nights that Bad Religion performed spans their entire catalogue, from early hits like “Along the Way” off of their 80-85 release up to “God’s Love” from their most recent, The Empire Strikes First. Included is a very touching and beautiful live solo piano version of “Cease” performed by Graffin. All in all, there are 31 of Bad Religion's songs on here, so there is a little something for everyone over the 96 minutes of music. The 5.1 surround sound quality is great; you hear everything, from all the mind-blowing fills that drummer Brooks Wackerman does to the incredibly well-pulled off harmonies from all the members of the band (yes, Jay Bentley and Mr. Brett actually sing quite well). The band is full of energy as they run all over the stage, with Graffin pointing, Jay screaming like a madman, and Greg Hetson doing his trademark leap. In one option on the DVD you can watch the concert footage, as well as interviews with all of the band members spliced in between every two or three songs. For me, these interviews were the highlight of the DVD. The questions asked are rather generic (i.e. “When did the band start?,” “Where did the logo come from?”), but the band members elaborate on all of the topics, and it’s a real treat for a fan to hear about the band's first show, the division between the punks in Hollywood and the punks in the Valley and all of the personal anecdotes. You also get a real appreciation for all the personalities within the band. If you so choose, you can watch these interviews separate from the concert and vice versa, which is a nice option.
The DVD also includes six music videos and two TV appearances of the band from 1980 and 1982. The performances from these television appearances really make you appreciate how far the band has come. In the `80, clip the band looks like what it was: a bunch of teenage punks pounding through their 3-song set with Graffin doing much more screaming than singing and Jay Bentley standing incredibly stoic (compared to his now lively stage performance). They remind me of any number of bands that I have seen opening at Gilman, but you can tell that there is just a little bit more to them. The `82 clip offers a version of “We’re Only Gonna Die” and the band coming a lot more into their own, and it is fun to compare `82 to the live 2004 version of the song. The other extras include some behind the scenes stuff and a photo gallery. While these extras are very cool, and the sound quality and set list are great, I have some problems with the camera work and editing on the DVD.
While the show was shot with 5 cameras, there is a constant cutting back and forth between all of the cameras that really gives a choppy feeling to the show. One second you’re behind the drum riser, the next, looking at Brian Baker’s hand. Also, it is easy to tell when the song contains footage from both nights. For example, during several songs Mr. Brett has his glasses on, and then in the next shot, they are off. To me, this editing somehow ruins the sincerity of the live show. I don’t want to see a collage of Bad Religion performing “Modern Man;” I want to see it in one take, with all of the mistakes and grit that go into a live performance. Also, much of the stage banter was cut out too, with the exception of Graffin introducing songs. I know for a fact that when I went, Bentley mocked some kid at length (including a re-enactment) who tried to stage dive with a backpack on and misjudged the jump and as a result, hit the stage when he landed and rolled off, yet I couldn’t find it on the DVD. To some of you, this may not seem like a big deal, but to me, missing little episodes like that take some of the personality out of the DVD footage. To me, it makes the DVD less like capturing BR in a concert, but rather a polished music DVD.
I think Live at the Palladium is worth owning if you’re a Bad Religion fan, have never been able to seen the band play live, or love punk music. The picture is clear, the sound is perfect, but like I have said, I have some problems with the way the DVD was edited (I think some of the "Show Must Go Off!" Series are a little better done in that category). With that slight flaw though, for me I think that the DVD does the Bad Religion justice. Live at the Palladium defines Bad Religion’s legacy as not merely being another punk rock band but rather, a band that has been able to change the face of music and people’s view of the world in ways which almost no other bands have been able to achieve.
Average Fan Rating: 4.61
A better setlist?
I mean what other band sings about subjects like materialism, determinism, free-will, entropy, evolutionary biology & reciprocal-altruism, and the work of people like B.F. Skinner, Diogenes and Ludwig Boltzmann?
Fuck. Cease is so good.