PICS: Rancid Rocks the Park at the Park

Destination San Diego: Rancid rocked the Park at the Park (at Petco Park, of course) on Thursday, Aug. 24.

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The punk band was firing on all cylinders – and as expected, the show was epic!
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The group got their start in Berkeley, California in 1991, and was founded by Tim Armstrong (pictured right) and Matt Freeman, who previously played in the now-influential ska-punk band Operation Ivy.
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Rancid is often cited, along with Green Day and the Offspring, for reviving mainstream interest in punk in the early ‘90s.
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Their current members include Armstrong on vocals/guitar (pictured), Freeman on bass, Lars Frederiksen on guitar/vocals, and Branden Steineckert on drums.
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To date, they’ve released nine studio albums, two EPs, and have sold more than 4 million records worldwide – making them one of the most successful punk bands of all time.
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They got their first taste of big success with the single “Salvation” from their 1994 studio album “Let’s Go.”
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The next year, Rancid released “…And Out Come the Wolves,” which spawned huge hits including “Roots Radical,” “Ruby Soho,” and “Time Bomb.” It would go on to sell more than 1 million copies in the U.S. alone.
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Their most recent album, “Trouble Maker,” was released on June 9 this year.
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Armstrong plays in another band, the Transplants, which he formed in 1999 with Rob Aston, and Blink-182’s Travis Barker. They’ve released three albums thus far.
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And just recently, it was announced that Armstrong had joined forces with Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong for a supergroup called – wait for it – the Armstrongs, which also features Billie Joe’s son Joey Armstrong (from SWMRS) and Tim’s nephew Rey Armstrong. That’s a lot of Armstrongs!
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They released the song “If There Was Ever a Time” as an exclusive 1,000-copy run to benefit the Berkeley all-ages, nonprofit punk venue 924 Gilman (where Green Day, Operation Ivy and Rancid all got their start).
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During the Aug. 24 show, Rancid performed a 20-song set, along with a four-song encore of covers. The set included: “Radio,” “Roots Radicals,” “Nihilism,” “Dead Bodies,” “Old Friend," “Where I’m Going,” “Salvation,” “Bloodclot,” “Olympia WA,” “Time Bomb,” and “Ruby Soho.”
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Their encore covers consisted of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” the Ramones’ “Cretin Hop,” Sham 69’s “If the Kids Are United” and Cock Sparrer’s “Take ‘em All.”
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