Chicago punk rock four-piece Rise Against returned to Adelaide for their first headline show since 2011. A Rise Against headline show had been sorely missed as the band last toured Adelaide in 2015 with a massive national support slot with the Foo Fighters and an East Coast tour in the same year. This was evident with a sold-out crowd at Thebarton Theatre.
National support act Bare Bones killed it with the short amount of time they had. The band has been hanging out with the best over the past few years including support slots with Every Time I Die, Cancer Bats and opening at Soundwave 2015. Bare Bones fit in on the bill comfortably playing massive tracks from their debut album Bad Habits, including highlights ‘Thick As Thieves’, ‘White Knuckles Black Tar’ and ‘Road Worrier’. The crowd warmed to them quickly and the band looked like pros in what was some of their biggest shows to date.
Rise Against took to the stage and went straight into full speed with ‘Chamber The Cartridge’ to begin the show before vocalist Tim McIlrath jumped onto the barrier to get up close and personal with one of their biggest classics ‘Give It All’.
A Rise Against setlist is always going to miss something from their 20-year career and eight full albums. However, the band managed to put together a setlist that covers the highlights of their discography. The band played favourites focusing on the second half of their career, however, songs from 2006’s The Sufferer & the Witness still remains the album of choice. Lead single ‘Prayer Of The Refugee’ is still just as much a crowd favourite as it ever was receiving the pop of the night as it was unexpectedly pulled out prematurely in the middle of setlist, nowhere near the encore.
The craziness was balanced out as halfway through the setlist Tim pulled out the acoustic guitar to perform ballads and crowd favourites ‘People Live Here’, ‘Hero Of War’ and ‘Swing Life Away’. This was a relief to the crowd and a much-needed slower break.
Rise Against are continuously looking forward, performing the new singles from their 2017 album Wolves including the title track, ‘House On Fire’ and biggest single from the album ‘The Violence’. The band briefly revisited their 2014 album Endgame and 2011’s The Black Market performing a few singles from each.
Disappointingly for the long-term hardcore fans, Rise Against don’t reminisce all the way to their roots, with no songs from The Unraveling or Revolutions Per Minute appearing throughout the night. However, the band provided a treat and dove back as far as 2004’s ‘Dancing For Rain’. The night ended with Rise Against’s mammoth hit ‘Savior’ to farewell the crowd.
Rise Against have put together the best setlist possible covering the biggest highlights of their career. It’s near impossible to get a bathroom break during this show as all the songs played are mostly the best-known singles from their most successful albums. For a two-hour show Rise Against covered nearly every base a fan would want.
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