For some gigs photographers ought to get combat pay. It's kind of tough to think about what your going to write when your dodging the boots coming over the barrier at a Rise Against concert, but at least this time we made it though our three songs before we had to bail on the pit. The last time I covered them we didn't even make it through the first song before getting ejected by a thoroughly flustered security team. Rise Against concerts are just like that, and you gotta just count your teeth, wipe away the blood, damn the bruises, man up and get back in the pit.
Formed in 1999 this Chicago based punk band fronted by Tim McIlrath always packs em in at Stubb's and Tuesdays sold out set was no exception. Although lots of people had come for the opener Bad Religion, few people left after their set leaving the venue full and the crowd jammed together, hot, and ready.