Rancid and Transplants Offer Punk Rock ‘Salvation’ at New York City Show
After an opening set by Pittsburgh street punkers the Traditionals, it was the Transplants’ turn to take the stage. The band ripped through an energetic set powered by the dual vocal attack of Armstrong and rhyme-slinger Skinhead Rob, along with some powerful drumming from Travis Barker. They played their new single ‘In a Warzone’ along with old favorites like ‘Gangsters and Thugs’ and ‘Diamonds and Guns.’
It was then Rancid’s time to take the stage, with Armstrong walking out first and greeting the crowd … again. Twenty-plus years into their career, Rancid still bring the punk full force, launching into their old-school track ‘Radio’ and following up with four straight songs from 1995’s ‘…And Out Come the Wolves’ – ‘Roots Radicals,’ ‘Journey to the End of East Bay,’ ‘Maxwell Murder’ and ‘The 11th Hour.’
The set leaned heavy on ‘Wolves’ and 1994’s ‘Let’s Go,’ with such favorites as ‘Salvation,’ ‘Ruby Soho’ and ‘Time Bomb’ highlighting the night along with some more recent singles like ‘Fall Back Down’ and ‘It’s Quite Alright’ sprinkled into the mix.
At one point, singer-guitarist Lars Frederiksen introduced the band’s new song ‘F— You’ off the band’s upcoming album, which he revealed was tentatively titled ‘Honor Is All We Know.’
All told, it was a stellar night of music, as Rancid proved they are one of the most important punk rock acts of the past two decades. Rancid will be touring throughout the summer, with Transplants along for the ride on a good amount of the dates. See the full list of dates here, and check out our exclusive photos from last night’s show below: