Blazing through more than 25 songs in 90 minutes, Bad Religion laid down the now-ubiquitous pop-punk sound it invented. It also proved that, unlike its hideous progeny, it has gone well beyond that formula and become a nearly perfect pop band, period.
Frontman Greg Graffin delivered his usual intricate melodies and professorial gestures. But his patter was oddly generic, with a Boston reference and a plug for a video game. Graffin is an articulate, very political musician who usually has a lot to say. Maybe he didn't want to challenge the latter-day Bad Religion audience, which has a high percentage of boorish boys - the sort you'd expect to be attracted by hard-rock radio and snowboarding videos.