I’m not sure if Abbotsford was ready for Rise Against, but they were more then ready at their headlining concert last Thursday.
Rise Against’s return to B.C. after five years was also the kickoff to their North American tour with fellow post-hardcore band Pierce the Veil.
Vancouver’s own White Lung opened the show with a brief but powerful warm-up set at the Abbotsford Centre before PTV took the stage for a wild set that included “Circles” and “Texas Is Forever” – instant classics off their latest record Misadventures – and finished strong with beloved fan faves “Caraphernelia” and “King for a Day”.
Not to be outdone, Rise Against busted out 19 songs spanning their entire discography, including the moshpit call to arms “Give It All,” “Re-Education (Through Labor),” “The Good Left Undone” and “Prayer of the Refugee.”
Mid-set, lead singer Tim McIlrath and guitarist Zach Blair took a break from their electric instruments and performed a trio of acoustic tunes – “Swing Life Away,” “People Live Here” and “Hero of War” – on a small stage at the back of the arena, to much fanfare.
The band later rounded out their set with hits like “Help Is on the Way,” “Survive” (dedicated to the late Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park), “Wolves,” “Satellite” and “Savior.”
Another amazing show, and we got some photos from it. Check them out below!