Another night of pure rock resonated through the streets of Toronto emanating from The Phoenix Concert Hall. Bad Religion, Plague Vendor, The Penske File and an enormous CrossBuster surrounded by moody fog and dramatic lighting, made sure the fans got more then what they paid for. It wasn’t a sold out gig, but the energetic audience was in full-gear with die-hard fans, parents, kids with coloured hair and mohawks jumping around to every song they played. Toronto hasn’t been fortunate enough to host a show like this since Bad Religion played the Kool Haus during their 2013 True North Tour.
The Penske File kicked things off and Plague Vendor only kept things going with great energy and one hell of a set with some killer dance moves from the lead singer. This band was also plagued with the Matthew McConaughey catchphrase “Alright Alright”, which the audience echoed back whenever uttered.
After the mood was set, a glorious fanfare of trumpets and other brass instruments greeted Bad Religion as they stepped onto the stage. Followed immediately by a raucous mosh pit. For an older band, they can definitely keep up with the youngsters. With rumours of new material on the way, Bad Religion played and slayed, along with their fans, hits from their early albums like No Control to newer material from True North. Fans didn’t leave disappointed as the band finished the night with “Fields of Mars” off their 2007 album New Maps of Hell.