Greg Graffin joked with the crowd between songs. It was nice to see a band still do the crowd interaction that truly makes a show memorable. The band may be showing signs of age over the years, with wrinkles and gray hairs, but musically it seemed as if they had not missed a beat. They were all smiles and it was really a pleasure to attend the show.
Talking about the Cleveland Indians, who were on their way to the World Series, Greg Graffin said, “We heard some good news about this town. Apparently the Indians are doing very well. That is great, you know, we don’t follow football very much.” The crowd laughed, except for one jolly fan who heckled the band all night. I never understood why someone would pay money to see a show and then heckle the band all night long. The heckling got some attention but was soon brushed off as someone threw a bra on stage. The bra was stretched about the cymbals of the drum set. The makeshift bra-slingshot was enjoyed by all. I guess you had to be there.
I admit I was surprised at the low attendance. I remember seeing Bad Religion at the Agora almost ten years ago and it was just about sold out. This time not even half the venue was full. Who cares, though? I was one of many who got to take in a great show. Every song became an all-out crowd sing-along, with Bad Religion front and center and me to the side singing my heart out.