Rancid, The Warfield, San Francisco, 1st January 2016

Oh My Gosh… Can we just stop for a moment and talk about how absolutely AMAZING 90’s punk band, Rancid still sounds live. They still tear up that stage with the same fierce spirit and undeniable talent that they always have. I honestly don’t thing it was possible to attend this show and not have a good time.

For the uninitiated, Rancid are a 90’s punk band originating in Berkley, California with two (Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman) of the four (with Lars Fredrickson and Drummer Branden Steineckert) founding members previously belonging to the popular Ska-punk band Operation-Ivy.  They have released eight albums to date, including 2014’s Honor Is All We Know, and are still touring.

It was January 1, 2016 in San Francisco and the Warfield.  I flew down frm Seattle with a friend just ring in the New Year the best way I knew how. Punk Show. Rancid; performing their 1995 release …And Out Come The Wolves in celebration of it’s 20 year anniversary.

F-Yeah!

Probably My favourite Rancid album.

Opening for them were OFF! and a pretty rad band called The Interrupters.   They also did a second show the following night with the band The English Beat taking over the opening spot from OFF!. I assume that night was just as mind blowing, in fact I was tempted to hustle up tickets and catch both nights, but unfortunately I had to return to Seattle and adult.

The Warfield is a great venue. Plenty of room to hang-out, cool down and talk to friends in between checking out the bands.  Not to forget short lines for drinks and merchandise, and super organized, cheap coat checks. Dream come true!  The opening bands were great, but I was there to see Rancid and that’s all my pretty little punk heart cared about. I was dead center in front of Lars, just three rows from the very front.

Happy Girl!

The moment they hit the stage, the entire GA Floor turned into a pit and everybody rocked the fuck out and had fun.  Such a great crowd!   No fighting, no assholes and everybody kept everybody safe in the pit, having a good time.

The show was amazing. The guys looked and sounded like the punk gods they are (in my eyes at least), and I am so glad I got to see them. I can’t think of a better way to start off my New Year! I highly recommend going to see them if you get the chance.

 

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