The Offspring, Bad Religion taken back by Milwaukee

Restoring the fall music season to its prior glory, Milwaukee turned up to The Offspring and Bad Religion for a hot night of 90s punk hits.

Frequenting the Eagles Ballroom, both Bad Religion and The Offspring have respectable status in Milwaukee – a city known for their love, among beer and cheese, any form of rock.

Performing in its entirety 1994s Smash the offspring reinvigorated their pre-millennial roots. But they didn’t alienate their other classics and more recent work. Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace has become a staple in their lineup alongside a dash of their latest Days Go By.

Complementing The Offspring’s punk legacy, Bad Religion rose side by side on Epitaph records since the early 90s.

It’s not surprise they’re compared to one another after years of performing and releasing music in the same realm. Sharing comparable punk characteristics and rhythms both Bad Religion and The Offspring are hailed as staples of their genre. Not all is the same though. Bad Religion seems to stick to their more muted and vintage roots while The Offspring has ventured out a bit – more recently with Days Go By than earlier in their careers.

A tame crowd isn’t a new thing for either band, but most of the energy tends to stayed bottled up and release more up front with die hard fans. Commonly criticized as too “samey” Bad Religion doesn’t have an issue with enthusiasm at their live shows, that perfectly transitioning to The Offspring later in the night – the latter being treated with one of the loudest indoor crowds I’ve heard.

Regardless of the music the music selection and pairing for a punk headlined tour could not get much better.

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