Teaming up to put on what will undoubtedly be an awesome punk show, Rise Against is actually the headlining act, leaving Rancid to open for a band that is ushering in a new generation of punk.
Rancid is revered as the punk band that was formed in 1991 by Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman after both men called it quits with the ska punk band Operation Ivy. Following the success of Operation Ivy, Rancid found its niche in the Bay Area punk scene, released its self-titled debut in 1993 and then found commercial success with 1994’s “Let’s Go.” Yet, it was Rancid’s third album “… And Out Come The Wolves” that solidified the band’s spot in punk history. The 1995 release netted the band multiple chart-topping singles, including “Roots Radicals,” “Time Bomb” and “Ruby Soho” — all of which still receive regular radio play.
Although the band pushed through its early years to make influential music, Rancid’s experimental fourth album, “Life Won’t Wait,” was deemed unsuccessful by music critics and fans. Ultimately, Rancid took a break from music in 2004, which allowed Armstrong to focus on his successful side project, the Transplants, with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker.
Regrouping in 2006, Rancid has worked hard on remastering classics and released “Let The Dominoes Fall” on June 2. While Rancid will be touring to promote the new album, it is the classics that fans will flock to the events center to hear.
Adding to the punk mayhem is the progressive-thinking, social awareness-promoting Rise Against. Bred from new a brand of punk and hailing from Chicago, members of Rise Against — vocalist and guitarist Tim McIlrath, bassist Joe Prinipe and guitarist Zach Blair — reportedly belong to the Straight Edge movement, while drummer Brandon Barnes does not. Straight Edge is a counterculture movement that promotes a lifestyle that abstains from the use of drugs and alcohol as well as promiscuous sex.
However, all members of the band support People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and are vegetarians. The band has allowed its views on the environment and animal rights to be showcased in its music videos, including the video for “Ready to Fall” from 2006’s “The Sufferer and the Witness.” The video shows the band playing in the remains of a forest that has been logged while images of polar bears swimming between melting ice caps are mingled with images of oil fields, cows being slaughtered and animals being used in testing facilities.
The graphic video is accentuated by the song’s explosive melody and take-a-stand lyrics. At the end of the video, McIlrath tells viewers, “Every action has a reaction. We’ve got one planet, one chance.”
Rise Against’s smart approach to activism has led the band to commercial success with 2004’s “Siren Song of the Counter Culture” and 2006’s “The Sufferer and the Witness.” The success has continued with the band’s latest effort, which was released in October 2008, “Appeal to Reason.”
Able to always write music that is catchy as well as complimentary to the band’s emotionally charged lyrics, “Appeal to Reason” has seen radio success with the singles “Re-education (Through Labor)” and “Savior.”
Combining Rise Against with Rancid will result in a punk show that should bring in a diverse audience of people who believe in the multiple messages and causes that punk rock has always stood for.
In addition to Rise Against and Rancid, concertgoers will be treated to the musical melodies of Canadian alternative rock band Billy Talent.
The concert is Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Reno Events Center, 400 North Center St. in Reno. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com and are $34.75. Radio station KRZQ is offering a special deal through Ticketmaster on tickets purchased in packs of four for the price of $109, making the tickets $27.25 each.
For more information on Rise Against, visit www.riseagainst.com, and for more information on Rancid, visit www.rancidrancid.com