Punk rock legends Pennywise announced a West Coast tour with fellow punk rock legends, The Adolescents. Pennywise got their name after the evil clown from from the Stephen King novel, It. In 2018, they released their twelfth studio album, Never Gonna Die. One of the stops on the tour was the Ventura Theatre in Ventura, California and naturally, it sold out ahead of time. Pennywise was also celebrating the 30th anniversary of their 1999 fifth album, Straight Ahead and would be playing several songs from that album as part of the celebration. A Saturday night filled with punk was the way to go for Ventura County.
Pennywise came out and started their show with Every Single Day. With classic punk rock music playing, the floor came alive with a mosh pit. The next song was a song from their 1991 self-titled debut album titled, Rules. With a classic being played, the crowd went just as nuts. Pennywise once again made note on how they were celebrating thirty years of their album Straight Ahead and started to play songs from that album. The third song was Straight Ahead and Pennywise kept the energy going. Pennywise knows how to get their crowds moving with fast punk and politically-themed songs. Lots of moshing, shoving and even crowd surfers are seen at their shows. Pennywise played many of their hits including: My Own Country, Fight Till You Die and Same Old Story. In light of recent news of the legendary drummer Neil Peart passing away, Pennywise paid tribute to the Rush drummer by dedicating the song You’ll Never Make It to him. Nearing the end of their show, Pennywise brought out the big hits to drive the crowd extra wild. Starting with their self-titled song Pennywise which is about the evil clown from the Stephen King novel, It. Next was Society followed by Fuck Authority. All these songs have the crowd singing along and the moshing never stopped or slowed down. To end the show, Pennywise played their most famous song and one of punk rock’s anthems, Bro Hymn. This song had everyone in the audience singing along and the circle pit seemed to only get faster. To add to the show, the friends and family of the band who had been watching from the side came on stage to party with the band and sing along to the song’s catchy chorus. Pennywise wrapped up their show, thanked the audience for coming out, then left. They never have a dull moment in their live performances and fans of punk and metal should see this legendary band.