March 23, 2013 by gabnormal
Four punk bands gathered at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, Los Angeles on March
18 to bring their fans an incredible dose of loud jams and some knowledgeable words.
The show began with Chotto Ghetto, followed by the Donots from Germany and San Francisco punks Dead To Me. The stage was already filled with talent when the kings of the show, Pittsburgh PA native, Anti-Flag joined on for the first night of two 20th anniversary shows at the venue.
The quartet came out to play in front of the now synonymous image of a five-point star created out of broken rifles, to play songs that run the gamut of their two-decade career in punk music.
What was most important and thought provoking about the night was the message that Anti-Flag lead singer Justin Sane gave to his audience, especially during the middle of the show.
Sane reminded his fans how great it was to be a part of the punk community. He spoke about how much the crowd, as punks, support each other and that we are all “brothers and sisters” who enjoy each other simply for who they are. When you’re with a crowd of punks, there’s no need to hide who you are or have fear of being judged. Sane also commented on how we are all (as punks) fighting for equality on all fronts-equal rights for women, gays, people of color, etc… Everyone’s shared goal of peace, in regards to government military action was also a topic of conversation along with the unfairness in who most often serves in the military, i.e. the working class, while children of the one percent are almost never seen in the military.
Through his words, Sane broke the punk stereotype. Well-educated on current political issues and eloquent in speech, he proved that not all punks, who wear all black and scream into microphones, fall into the category of either ill-educated skinhead or rowdy, delinquent kid.
Coupled with this, Sane made mention of the fact that everyone in the room that night were equal to each other, including the band.
“Our stage is your stage too,” he said.
Anti-Flag fight for true equality, where even a punk rock god is willing to share his throne.