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Punk rock band Rise Against, composed of frontman Tim McIlrath, bassist Joe Principe, drummer Brandon Barnes and guitarist Zach Blair, has been wooing its fans during the last year with a series of extremely successful concerts, to promote their sixth studio album ‘Endgame,’ released in 2011.
Upon its released in March 2011, the record debuted at second place on the U.S. Billboard 200, sold 85,000 copies in the first week, and entered the UK top 40 album chart; a first for the band.
Endgame has been well received by critics and widely acclaimed by both old and new coming fans; on the record the band seems to have evolved its style, although staying true to the original musical soul. Endgame enters directly into that high energy level that represents Rise Against, but with a slightly darker finish in comparison to earlier records.
In a music scene often accused of bearing the talent but expressing little content, Rise Against is one of the bands that are really able to stand up for something. Their music delivers a strong identification with endearing social issues such as unfairness, social division, and self denial in an uncaring society. Endgame takes the band a bit further this time with the point of view that it is too late to escape what is wrong in the world.
Frontman Tim McIlrath explained in an interview with Lonnie Nemiroff, “Endgame was a way to talk about the world in a different way than we have before. It is talking about the world from the perspective that it’s too late to recycle. It’s too late to drive a hybrid. It’s too late to decide whether you believe in global warming or not because global warming has devoured the planet.”
To promote the album the band has been touring South America, Canada, Europe and the U.S., having been supported by Bad Religion in concert during the latter, a band which is a well known influence for Rise Against’s music.
Rise Against just ended the first leg of their U.S. tour with a concert in Fairfax, VA, and are about to head over to Europe. After the extreme success of the American tour, Europeans will have the chance to enjoy the punk bit of the Chicago band starting in Brussels, Belgium, on February 28. The tour will go on for about three weeks, touching several European countries, and ending in Vienna, Austria, with a performance at the Wiener Stadthalle on the 20th of March.
After a stint back in the U.S. for the second leg of the American tour, Rise Against will return to Europe in June, headlining a number of festivals, starting with the Download Festival in the UK, together with Black Sabbath, The Prodigy and Metallica, among others.
Rise Against are well known for bringing to the stage all the passion and energy that their records reflect. Your can say that they ‘live’ the show to the fullest and carry the audience through a musical spiral that unifies band and fans into a unique energy explosion. For this reason, the European part of their tour is easily predicted to match the American success.
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