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Punk Rock band Rise Against, composed of frontman Tim McIlrath, bassist Joe Principe, drummer Brandon Barnes and guitarist Zach Blair, just ended the first European leg of its tour for this year. Not to worry though, the band will be back in Europe in June, and in the U.S. next month already.
The band has been promoting their latest album ‘Endgame’ with an extensive series of live shows since last year, after the album’s released in March, 2011. Rise Against plans to continue touring to support the record during the whole of 2012, as Tim McIlarth told Toonari Post.
This leg of the tour ended with a concert at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria; the show was presented by Skalar Entertainment GmbH. As for the European tour this time around, the band was supported by post-hardcore band Touché Amoré, and by metalcore band Architects. Touché Amoré deserves a special mentioning for giving an astonishing performance.
The band was able to bring the mix of melancholy and extreme energy that characterizes its music to the stage in a very elegant way. Each member showed to be in perfect harmony with each others’ act, resulting in a smooth and very intense performance.
The Rise Against show started with the displaying of images of awful things currently happening in the world, which set the audience’s mind on the main message contained in ‘Endgame’: the failure of human kind to respond to and relieve the suffering we inflict upon each other and to the world.
Rise Against then played a set of 18 songs, faithfully sticking to the setlist of the tour. The performance started with ‘Survivor Guilt,’ a track from the latest album, and then went on exploring several of their records. The band picked some of their most successful songs, such as ‘The Good Left Undone,’ and ‘Give It All’, as well as new material from ‘Endgame.’
Vocalist Tim McIlrath had a cold but it did not prevent him from giving his usual energetic performance, playing guitar while belting out the songs and engaging with the audience. All Rise Against members seemed to be in perfect shape, with bassist Joe Principe and guitarist Brandon Barnes jumping and running on stage, merging with the whirl created by the band’s music.
Towards the end of the show, the band also performed the track ‘Make It Stop,’ which is a statement against homophobia. Rise Against also supports the project ‘It Gets Better,’ which aims to give aid and support to victims of discrimination due to sexual orientation.
The show ended with McIlrath telling the audience “without you, there is no us, and that makes you our saviors,” just before the band played and extended version of the concert’s last track ‘Savior.’
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