In 1995 Epitaph was including inserts in CDs with descriptions of their existing catalogue. For ...AOCTW, the headline was "RANCID RULES THE UNIVERSE!" Well, it's 13 years later and Rancid still rules the universe.
First off, the opening acts for the June 18/08 show. I was from out of state and arrived after the local band played. I talked to quite a few people and found everyone to be pretty cool.
Next up was.....Whole Wheat Bread! Now, you probably really like or really don't like the band, but I'm in the former camp, despite what my teenage hardcore past would think.
After opening with a couple of newer songs that are a little slower than some earlier material, a good circle pit formed for the up tempo "206," "Broke" and "Old Man Sampson."
The band had some really good crowd participation with "When I say Whole Wheat, y'all say Bread! Whole Wheat! Bread! Whole Wheat! Bread!" Haha, if you've seen them then you've seen this.
After WWB, I felt like a little kid on the verge of Christmas morning. The excitement was unbelievable to see.........Rancid!!!
I actually liked Indestructible but most people don't, so some may have thought opening with "Fall Back Down" was an ominous sign. Most people though were so stoked to hear the raddest band ever that they piled into the pit crowding out any room to move.
Next up was a blazing version of "Roots Radicals," followed by "Tattoo" which was a good indicator that the set was going to be an eclectic selection of the comprehensive catalog.
"Journey To The End of The East Bay" seemed to exhaust people at the humid open air show with 80 degree heat on a gorgeous summer night because by the time "Maxwell Murder" hit, a lot of space opened up and we were able to rock a circle pit for the rest of the show. Even when - unbelievably - "I Wanna Riot" played, space remained and a skanking pit afforded a lot of room to move.
Those who worried about an overload of Indestructible (myself included, even though I liked the record), were relieved that, other than the opening track, only "The Other Side" from '03 was sung.
For me, highlights of the show included hearing songs that weren't expected including "Who Would've Thought," "Hoover Street," "Rejected," "Adina," "It's Quite Alright," and "Antennas."
When I would have to take a break from the pit to catch my breath, watching Rancid play was almost as enjoyable as going off. When the band played Saturday Night Live in 1995, it was the most unbelievable musical event I've ever seen on TV because of the energy exhibited. While this enthusiasm seemed to be listed MIA during shows circa 2004, it was back in full force this night. Lars was moving around like he'd never had back surgery and even Tim was running around. Matt had a perma-grin on his face and Brendan was tight on the drums. All of the guys seemd to be having a legit really good time on stage.
I'd never been a huge fan of "Something In The Way" but enjoyed the live version with Tim doing a punk rock quasi running man while singing part of the song. Haha, I can't describe it, but those at the show appreciated it.
I remember part way through the set at Janus Landing, looking skyward toward the exposed skyline with neighboring office buildings, breathing in the warm humid air, thinking "This is the perfect night."
I was really stoked with the set list played. If it was up to me I would substitute a few of the above for "Outta My Mind," "Get Outta My Way" (though it's a cover), "7 Years Down," "The 11th Hour," "Corazon de Oro," "Coppers," "Don Giovanni/Disgruntled," "Poison," "Meteor of War," "Young Al Capone," "Stop" and "Intro" from Life Won't Wait (just kidding about the last one, haha).