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Bad Religion Expand Fall Tour

Currently on the road, stoking sing-a-longs, and slaying sold-out crowds preeminent Los Angeles punk band Bad Religion have announced the second leg of their North American tour. The newly added dates will begin September 17 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and wrap October 6 in San Diego, CA. Tickets will go on sale Friday, July 19 at 10am local time.  For more information visit, https://badreligion.com/tour.

The band is on tour in support of their recently released album Age of Unreason (May 3).  The critically acclaimed record offers a fiery and intensely relevant musical response to the times and “Given the political madness that seems to have gripped the world these days, Bad Religion is as relevant as ever.” says Kerrang!. There is a stylistic consistency to the band’s iconic and influential sound – hard fast beats, big hooks, and rousing choruses, yet each new song remains distinctive, utilizing composition, melody, and lyrics to deliver a unique narrative consistent with the band’s longstanding humanist worldview.

Bad Religion will be making the following appearances throughout the fall, stay tuned for added dates:
Wednesday, July 17                         Santa Ana, CA                    The Observatory
Friday, July 19                                  Ventura, CA                         Ventura Theater
Saturday, July 20                              Mountain View, CA              Warped Tour
Thursday, July 25                             Toronto, ON                        Phoenix Concert Theatre
Friday, July 26                                  Montreal, QC                       77 Montreal 2019
Saturday, July 27                              East Providence, RI            Roadblock Music Festival
Tuesday, July 30                              Portland, ME                       Aura
Wednesday, July 31                         Boston, MA                          House of Blues
Friday, August 2                               New York, NY                      Webster Hall
Saturday, August 3                           Brooklyn, NY                       Brooklyn Steel
Sunday, August 4                             Mckees Rocks, PA              Roxian Theatre
Tuesday, August 6                           Rochester, NY                     Anthology
Wednesday, August 7                      Royal Oak, MI                     Royal Oak Music Theatre
Friday, August 9                               Chicago, IL                          Riviera Theatre
Saturday, August 10                         Cleveland, OH                     Agora Theatre
Sunday, August 11                           Silver Spring, MD                The Fillmore
Tuesday, August 13                         Raleigh, NC                         The Ritz
Wednesday, August, 14                   Atlanta, GA                          The Masquerade
Friday, August 16                             Las Vegas, NV                    Psycho Las Vegas
Saturday, August 17                         Hollywood, CA                     Hollywood Palladium

Tuesday September 17                    Ft. Lauderdale, FL               Revolution
Wednesday September 18               St. Petersburg, FL               Jannus Live!
Thursday September 19                   Orlando, FL                          House of Blues
Saturday September 21                   Asbury Park, NJ                  Sea. Hear. Now
Monday September 23                     Cincinnati, OH                     Bogarts
Tuesday September 24                    Philadelphia, PA                  The Fillmore
Thursday September 26                   Nashville, TN                       Cannery Ballroom
Friday September 27                        Birmingham, AL                   Iron City
Saturday September 28                   New Orleans, LA                 House of Blues
Monday September 30                   Dallas, TX                            House of Blues
Tuesday October 1                           Houston, TX                        House of Blues
Wednesday October 2                     Austin, TX                            Emo’s
Friday October 4                               Albuquerque, NM                El Rey Theatre
Saturday October 5                          Phoenix, AZ                         Van Buren
Sunday October 6                            San Diego, CA                    SOMA
Tuesday October 8                         Santa Ana, CA                    The Observatory
Wednesday October 9                    Santa Ana, CA                    The Observatory

Saturday October 12                      Sacramento, CA                  Aftershock

AGE OF UNREASON TRACK LISTING:
1. Chaos From Within
2. My Sanity
3. Do The Paranoid Style
4. The Approach
5. Lose Your Head
6. End Of History
7. Age Of Unreason
8. Candidate
9. Faces Of Grief
10. Old Regime
11. Big Black Dog
12. Downfall
13. Since Now
14. What Tomorrow Brings

Acclaimed Los Angeles punk rock band Bad Religion’s new album entitled Age of Unreason is out now on Epitaph Records. Since the group’s formative years they have steadfastly advocated for humanism, reason, and individualism. Now, when these values are in decline and nationalism and bigotry are on the rise, Bad Religion’s message has never been more essential. Age of Unreason delivers a powerful and inspired response – a political and deeply personal treatise on all they believe in.

“The band has always stood for enlightenment values,” co-songwriter and guitarist Brett Gurewitz explains. “Today, these values of truth, freedom, equality, tolerance, and science, are in real danger. This record is our response.”

The songs on Age of Unreason are both furious and meticulously crafted. There are references to contemporary events; racist rallies, Trump’s election, the erosion of the middle class, Colin Kaepernick’s protest, alternative facts, conspiracy theories, and there are homages to the literary and philosophical works that have long inspired the band.

The track “Chaos From Within” uses the band’s iconic fast, powerful and melodic sound to examine the current border wall controversy with the lyrics, “Threat is urgent, existential / with patience wearing thin / but the danger’s elemental / it’s chaos from within.” As co-songwriter and lead singer Greg Graffin says, “Throughout history, walls have been used to keep the barbarians out, But it seems to me that the truly barbaric aspect of a civilization is the chaos that comes from within.”

Age of Unreason is Bad Religion’s 17th studio album and was co-produced by Carlos de la Garza. It is a timely work of immense power and one of their very best. Society’s step backwards has propelled the legendary band decidedly forward. There is an elevated craft in the way the song “Candidate” vividly evokes the current president, “I am your candidate / I am bloody lips and makeup /I’m your caliphate, opioids and mutilation / a celebrity and my name is competition.” Another track, entitled “The Approach,” addresses the possible demise of democracy with the lyrics, “There’s a moral and intellectual vacuum / and you’re right to be lookin’ askance / philosophically moribund, revolution hasn’t a chance.”

This record is both a dire warning and testament to resilience. The overall message being – seek truth about the world and oneself. As Graffin, who holds a PhD in the history of science, says, “When I saw all these headlines about how terrible our world had become, I started doing a lot of reading. I read about the French Revolution, the American Revolution, the Civil War, and I started to recognize that this is a pattern of history and something we should never venture into. There are ample warnings against it. Every school child should know this but it’s hard to get people to read about these things. Maybe this album can help. Because right now, with social media, we are just playing a version of kill the guy with the ball.”

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