TVD Live Shots: Rise Against, AFI, and
Anti-Flag at the Concord Pavilion, 9/28

Rise Against’s two month “Mourning in Amerika Tour” spent two months spreading the word across the United States before wrapping up this past week. The Vinyl District caught up with the tour at the Concord Pavilion on a cool and breezy Fall Friday night for what proved to be a high-energy evening of music.

Anti-Flag kicked off the evening with an electric 40 minute set that got the crowd moving (and hopefully thinking). This is a band that consistently delivers highly energetic and thought-provoking sets and, even though in the opening slot, showed no indication or interest in phoning it in.

Next up, AFI Hailing from Northern California, these guys are considered a local band and their diehard fans crammed the rail for their set. Let’s face it, A.F.I. doesn’t play here (or anywhere else for that matter) frequently so the anticipation was high and A.F.I. did not disappoint. It didn’t matter how long A.F.I. was going to play, it was never going to be enough but the hour-long set sounded top-notch and was full of energy from every member of the band and the fans lost their shit for every note of it, especially “Sacrifice Theory,” apparently a special song request by Joe Principe of Rise Against.

The general admission floor was packed by the time headliners Rise Against took the stage with a quick wave before launching into “The Violence” off of 2017’s Wolves. A little over a year since Rise Against last played the Concord Pavilion stage in support of Deftones, Rise Against mixed things up by not only throwing an acoustic mini-set featuring frontman Tim McIlrath, but finding the time to touch on material from every album but one, their Fat Wreck Chords debut The Unraveling.

Not to be outdone by the energetic sets by Anti-Flag and A.F.I., bassist Joe Principe and guitarist Zack Blaire literally did not stop moving while they were on stage, crossing back and forth behind McIlrath who commanded the mic from center stage as the crowd danced and sang along.

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RISE AGAINST SETLIST
The Violence
Satellite
Survive
I Don’t Want to Be Here Anymore
House on Fire
Ready to Fall
Help Is on the Way
Chamber the Cartridge
Give It All
Blood-Red, White & Blue
Re-Education (Through Labor)
Savior

ACOUSTIC SET
Voices Off Camera
Like the Angel
Hero of War
Swing Life Away

ENCORE
Make It Stop (September’s Children)
Wolves
Prayer of the Refugee

A.F.I. SETLIST
Girl’s Not Grey
Love Like Winter
So Beneath You
17 Crimes
Paper Airplanes (Makeshift Wings)
No Poetic Device
Sacrifice Theory
Snow Cats
I Hope You Suffer
Miss Murder

ANTI-FLAG SETLIST
The Press Corpse
Fuck Police Brutality
Turncoat
All of the Poison, All of the Pain
Cities Burn
This Is the End (For You My Friend)
American Attraction
Die for the Government
Should I Stay or Should I Go (The Clash cover)
Brandenburg Gate

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