BAD RELIGION vocalist Greg Graffin tells Spinner that his band will return to the studio later this year to record its 15th album, tentatively due this fall. The band has written 16 songs for the LP, which Graffin says is "as personal as [1993 album] 'Recipe for Hate'," and plans to support the songs on the road later this year.
BAD RELIGION is planning to celebrate its 30th anniversary by playing a string of 12 shows at West Coast House of Blues venues beginning March 17 in Anaheim with special set lists that span the band's discography. Graffin says that the shows will vary in song selection and theme, with the band possibly running through all of 1988 classic "Suffer" one night and playing a hodgepodge of greatest hits the next.
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Formed in 1980 in the suburbs of Los Angeles by teenage friends; guitarist Brett Gurewitz, bassist Jay Bentley and singer Greg Graffin, with the additions of Greg Hetson (1984-present), Brian Baker (1994-present) and Brooks Wackerman (2001-present), BAD RELIGION have become synonymous with intelligent and provocative West Coast punk rock and are considered one of the most influential and important bands in the genre. Over the past three decades the band has continually pushed social boundaries and questioned authority and beliefs armed only with propulsive guitars, charging drumbeats, thoughtful lyrics and an undying will to inspire and provoke anyone who will listen.
"The greatest feeling about this anniversary is that it is happening at all," says Graffin. "I'm mostly uplifted by the fact that a vibrant and evolving punk scene still inspires young people all over the world. If BAD RELIGION somehow serves as a symbol for the lasting importance of punk, then I am satisfied beyond words by reaching this milestone."