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Offspring and Bad Religion close Epicenter 2013
Written by Brittany Woolsey   
Tuesday, 24 September 2013 01:09
The 5th annual KROQ Epicenter festival once again shook up the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Saturday, this time with SoCal punk veterans like The Offspring and Pennywise, along with newer outfits like A Day to Remember and Pierce the Veil.

That dynamic at the show, ranging from older bands to newer bands, made for a very eclectic crowd, full of Hot Topic-esque teen girls clad in Pierce the Veil shirts and older folks representing the bands of their days. To say the least, the lineup was good, but also too weird and diverse.

Kicking off the day, Pierce the Veil and All Time Low brought pop sounds that easily pleased the shrieking young girls in the crowd, but equally displeased the older audience members.

Despite catchy sets from both bands, older fans booed them, obviously eager for The Offspring, Bad Religion and Pennywise.

As Pennywise followed Pierce the Veil's set, full of high-pitched wails from singer Vic Fuentes, Pennywise singer Jim Lindberg poked fun at them. "This is a much manlier scream than that band before us," he announced.

Bad Religion was next, with hits like "Sorrow" and "21st Century Digital Boy," and inspired several bonfire pits in the top level lawn section.

Despite his gray hair -- which I've personally never seen at one of Bad Religion's shows before -- singer Greg Graffin proved that he rocked just as hard as he did when he co-founded the band in 1979.

A Day to Remember proved that they have come a long way since their 2003, "And Their Name Was Treason," inspiring mosh pits and headbanging throughout their set. If newer songs like "Violence" and "Right Back at It Again" were any indication, the band's upcoming release, "Common Courtesy" is going to be even harder than previous releases, easily making diehard fans happy.

A Day to Remember, which had one of the most captivating sets of the night, complete with on-stage pyrotechnics, delighted the crowd with songs like "Mr. Highway's Thinking About the End" and "The Downfall of Us All."

The Offspring topped off the night with classic sing-alongs like 'Why Don't You Get a Job" and "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)".

Be sure to check out our photos from the show!


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