…Because I totally don’t hate Rancid. And after seeing them at the Showbox last night, I especially have nothing mean to say (even if Indestructible was a bit of a disappointment), so you’re looking in the wrong place if you want to throw hissy fits about how the band isn’t “punk” anymore or how Tim Armstrong allegedly rolled tape while playing Warped Tour with the Transplants. It just doesn’t matter, dude, because the show last night was killer.
I mean, yeah, it was another Rancid show (Lars called for a lot of circle pits and blew a lot of snot rockets, Tim played shirtless and did more dancing than guitar-playing, and Matt Freeman reminded everyone that he’s one of the best bass players of all time) but still, it was a great fucking Rancid show.
Thankfully (and surprisingly, to some degree) the majority of the set consisted of old favorites, including “Journey to the End of the East Bay” (my personal favorite), “Nihilism,” “Roots Radical,” “Rejected,” “Black Derby Jacket,”ť “Tenderloin,”ť “Sidekick,”ť “Lock, Step & Gone,” and “The War’s End,”—which was actually a killer crowd sing-a-long moment. And even though those dudes have been playing some of those songs for over a decade, they still looked like they were having a blast on stage (Freeman didn’t stop smiling while playing the extended bass solo in “Maxwell Murder,”ť he knew he was a badass).
The crowd was perfect too. Of course there was tons of moshing and crowd surfing and circle pits, but the vibe was really positive and friendly; I didn’t see a single fight. I also didn’t see annoying people who only knew Rancid for one or two songs; everyone sang along with everything. There was one dipshit who jumped on stage and stole Tim’s beanie right off his head during “The 11th Hour”ť (which caused Tim to get pissed and stop singing for a minute, which was actually sorta funny) but Mr. Armstrong quickly recovered, tied a scarf to cover his tattooed scalp and played on.
The boys also took a second to share some love for a local band—before kicking into Olympia, Lars said “This one goes out to one of the best bands to come out in a long time”¦ they’re called the Briefs.” Crowd went nuts. There must’ve been a lot of Briefs fans in the house.
After almost an hour of playing, the band disappeared backstage for a few minutes, but they came back out and started the 10-15 minute encore with an acoustic version of “Fall Back Down.”ť They also played “Time Bomb”ť and the Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards song “To Have and to Have Not.”ť
The best part, though, was when Lars said, while strapping on his guitar, “We’re going to play a song now by a band called… OPERATION IVY!” They immediately kicked into “Knowledge” and the place exploded.
So fucking great.
The band plays again tonight, but according to the Showbox website, tickets are sold out. If you have a ticket, you’re in for a treat.