Bad Religion/Rise Against 05/10/11
Pop’s Outdoors – Sauget, IL
Words/Photos by BeeZnutZ
I love outdoor shows. They remind me of summer days spent outside seeing some of my favorite bands with good friends. When Rise Against announced they would be touring with Bad Religion I was sold. Even better the venue Pop’s 24/7 in Sauget, IL was hosting the show outside, in the parking lot in between two nightclubs.
The morning of the show was gloomy, rainy and anything but exceptional weather for an outdoor event. As the day progressed the weather slowly turned around until it was a pretty nice overcast day. The day concluded with a nice sunset and my friend and I racing towards the east side. Home of Strip Clubs, Pop’s, that one off track betting gas station and factories!
As we pulled in I noticed a bunch of people sneaking in the parking lot to avoid paying $5 dollars.They were being chased down by the security guards. However I wanted to drink a beer in peace in my car. And 5 dollars sounded like a great bargain not to be heckled by parking attendants.
Parked the car, cracked a beer, slammed one and opened another. As we started walking the first song of Bad Religions set was being played. We hustled made good time and only missed one full song.
We found good spots middle of the crowd and were treated to a great show from the California punk veterans. The crowd was very into the set and the band gave the energy right back.
Greg Graffin is a pretty cool guy, never had the chance to meet him yet, but you can tell from his cool stage demeanor.Turns out he his also pretty damn smart too! This fall Greg will be teaching evolution at Cornell University. He sounds great live and makes Bad Religion a can’t miss for me always.
The rest of the band is equally amazing with original members Brett Gurewitz on guitar and Jay Bentley and bass still! That is incredible considering they have been around since 1979 Up next was a old school jam I love. ” Do what you want”
I was having so much fun during the set. So many memories of Bad Religion at various Warped Tours over the years instantly came to mind. The outdoor setting was perfect for this show. Next they rocked the classic ” Infected ” a tune written by the guitar player Brent Gurewitz. Who writes a lot of the bands songs and also started the record label Epitah Records back in the 80’s to sell Bad Religion records and merch.
They closed out a great set with ” Sorrow ” another song Brent wrote, that appeared on the 2002 album ” The Process of Belief ” which is hard to believe was their 12th full length album.
Another solid set in the books for Bad Religion. Everytime I am impressed by them! These new sissy wannabe bands coming out today should relax and take notes.
There was a quarter of a moon lurching in the sky above during the Bad Religion/Rise Against set change. Nice T-shirt weather night outside. The crowd was buzzing and the beer lines were long.
Since this is concert confessions I will confess that I didn’t go for Rise Against. That being said about everyone else did. So fair being fair they headlined and rocked it for all their fans in attendance.
They brought a good sized chunk of the crowd, who bounced and sang along with all the songs. The weather was just right and made everyone that much more excited to be there.
They had the crowd bouncing the entire night and almost everyone was having a great time. My friend and I were enjoying each others company breathing in the fresh industrial smog and rock and roll that was thick in the air.
They kept the energy and crowd going at a decent level the whole show. It was fun to watch them work the stage. They broke into the new single from the new album ” Endgame “. This song has been getting a lot of spins at the local station 105.7 KPNT The Point.
After seeing the one song I did know, we decided to stay for a few more songs. Up next was ” Swing Life Away” I remember that getting played 4,506 times back in the day. So maybe it is understandable why they are headlining after all.
We decided to beat traffic and make good time home, and that we did. My friend had a great night, I had fun and I can’t wait to do it
all again. Till next time….
Bad Religion :
1. The Day The Earth Stalled
2. Wrong Way Kids
3. American Jesus
4. Before You Die
5. Let Them Eat War
6. The Resist Stance
8. Meeting Of The Minds
9. Do What You Want
10. Social Suicide
11. Dearly Beloved
13. We’re Only Gonna Die
14. Los Angeles Is Burning
Rise Against :
1. Chamber the Cartridge
2. The Good Left Undone
3. Heaven Knows
4. Re-Education (Through Labor) Play Video
6. Make It Stop (September’s Children) Play Video
7. The Dirt Whispered
8. Help Is on the Way
10. From Heads Unworthy
11. Prayer of the Refugee
12. Swing Life Away
13. Hero of War
14. Audience of One
16. Ready to Fall
18. Savior Play Video
19 . Give It All