Rise Against Rock Chicago’s Metro for Save Our Stages Festival

Rise Against may not have had their usual audience but that didn’t dampen the energy with which they performed during a passionate set at Chicago’s Metro Saturday night (Oct. 17) for the virtual Save Our Stages Festival.

The group chose the Metro not only for its history as one of the Windy City’s finest rock venues but due to its own legacy with the band. Frontman Tim McIlrath stated mid-set, “We started here on this very stage,” recalling pulling some of the Metro crowd into their “Give It All” video shoot.

With plenty of reverence, the singer stated, “It’s really special to me because it’s one of the places that lives in a larger than life kind of mythologized world and I always knew it was the greatest venue but when we started touring and going around the world that’s when I realized that people even outside of Chicago felt like the Metro was the greatest venue. It wasn’t just my attachment to it.”

He added, “Venues like this I can’t tell you playing at the Metro is such an emotional experience being here on this stage playing music that it feels a little bit like a dream state.”

“We are all so excited to be here not just to play this venue and to be with each other but to be with you and kind of remind people how important a place like the Metro is,” said the singer. “We could throw the word irreplaceable around but here it means something It really really means something. This place is irreplaceable. There will never be another Metro.”

The band delivered a six-song set starting with “Re-Education Through Labor,” “Give It All” and “The Violence.” The group gave the live performance debut of “Broken Dreams Inc.,” before finishing the set with “Prayer of the Refugee” and “Savior.”

The performance came as part of the Save Our Stages Festival put on by the National Independent Venues Association. The event was designed to raise awareness for the plight of smaller venues during the pandemic and the need for financial assistance to keep them going. To learn how you can help, visit the NIVA website here. Watch Rise Against’s full set below.

Rise Against at the #SOSFest

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Foo Fighters, Rise Against + More to Play Save Our Stages Fest

We’re all missing shows and live music right now, but we need venues for artists to play once Covid-19 conditions lift. With that in mind, Foo Fighters, Rise Against and a host of other acts across multiple genres will be participating the Save Our Stages (#SOSFEST) Fest, taking place Oct. 16-18.

The three-day virtual music festival is bringing attention to the National Independent Venue Association‘s campaign to rally relief and advocacy support in order to get a need-based grant program launched to help out many of the music venues that are struggling after seven months without touring shows.

Without financial assistance, 90 percent of independent music venues are currently on the verge of closing forever and they need help during the ongoing pandemic.

In addition to Foo Fighters and Rise Against, the eclectic lineup includes Dave Matthews, Leon Bridges, Demi Lovato, Little Big Town, Miley Cyrus, Portugal. The Man, Reba McEntire, The Roots, The Revivalists, Brittany Howard, Brothers Osborne, Finneas, Jason Mraz, The Lumineers, Macklemore, Nathaniel Rateliff and a number of others, with The Late Late Show band leader Reggie Watts hosting the event. Each of the acts will be playing at some of America’s most popular and historic music venues that are currently facing crisis during this time. See the full lineup poster at the bottom of this post.

You can tune in to #SOSFEST for free, and help out in a variety of ways. You can subscribe to the NIVA YouTube Channel (which is hosting the event), set a reminder on the NIVA #SOSFEST channel, tune in Oct. 16-18 to watch the exclusive performances and donate to the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund. You can also help spread the word by RSVPing on social media to the Oct. 16, 17 and 18 performances.

It’s also not too late to take action, by sending a message to your local representatives to drive support for government assistance. NIVA already has a letter ready to send if you wish to lend your support.

NIVA Save Our Stage Fest Lineup

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Should Batman Kill?

Should Batman kill? It’s one of the questions we asked our all-star panel, who came together to help create the Dark Nights: Death Metal series. Along with the comic’s artist and penciller Greg Capullo, we wrangled Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath and film composer Tyler Bates together to talk all about the series.

“I don’t think he should kill,” Capullo says. “If Batman ever were to kill, he would be the bloodiest of the bloody. He would be on a killing rampage that would never stop. He’d make the Punisher look like a pussy. Once he crossed that line, it’s over, and then he becomes exactly what he’s warring against.”

“I have to agree with Greg,” Bates, who produced the Dark Nights: Death Metal soundtrack, adds. “Then we would have no boundary for any of the situations that are written about in the comic itself. We have to have some metric for justice, I imagine, even if in our own hearts, we think he should kill once in a while.”

McIlrath’s opinion gives the no-kill argument a clean sweep. “I think heroes and villains, they need to play different roles and by different rules. If you erase that line, you blur the line between those roles.” The Rise Against singer also gave us a look into the inspiration for “Broken Dreams Inc.” one of the official songs behind Dark Nights: Death Metal.

“You take reality and you put it through your own lens and you present it the way you might see it. That might be the way you see it in your deepest, darkest dreams or some exaggerated form or the best way you can communicate what you can see,” McIlrath explains. “You take the language you speak most proficiently and then you project that onto an audience. This is all storytelling. Whether it’s with a pencil or a piano or a guitar, we’re just telling stories and that’s an age-old message of communication.”

Watch our full chat with the artists below. Three issues of Dark Nights: Death Metal are currently available, with four issues left to go in the series. Click here for all your Dark Nights needs and watch the comic-inspired video for Rise Against’s first new song in three years here.

Should Batman Kill? Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath, Tyler Bates + DC Artist Greg Capullo Answer

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Rise Against Unleash First New Song in Three Years + Batman Video

Rise Against have just debuted their first new song since 2017, “Broken Dreams, Inc.” The track acts as a companion piece for DC’s Dark Nights: Death Metal comic books, debuting with a music video inspired by the limited series.

Dark Nights: Death Metal is a seven-part series promising to act as the final battleground for Batman to take on one of his most evil and sadistic foes, The Batman Who Laughs. The first three issues, created by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, have already been released, with the remaining four scheduled into 2021.

As for “Broken Dreams, Inc.” the Rise Against track bridges the DC universe with the social issues the United States faces today.

“’Broken Dreams, Inc.’ speaks to today’s changing landscape of American society, the opportunities that are available to some but not to others, the people who are able to benefit versus those who get left behind, who suffer and end up as casualties. How do we level the playing field so everyone can have a real chance at attaining the American Dream?,” says Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath.

“One word, ‘disruption.’  You have to put power into the hands of the people, not business, you have to value people and community over profit. You can’t have a shareholder-run country or a shareholder-run world, a world that values profit above all else, because profit above all else can result in dangerous repercussions for humankind.”

“Broken Dreams, Inc.” is the opening cut to the official Dark Nights: Death Metal soundtrack, which also features Marilyn Manson’s “Warship My Wreck.”

Watch the video for Rise Against’s new track below and click here to check out Dark Nights: Death Metal.

Rise Against – Broken Dreams, Inc. (DC – Dark Nights: Death Metal Version / Lyric Video)

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Rise Against’s New Song to Be on DC Comics Death Metal Soundtrack

Rise Against‘s first new song in three years, “Broken Dreams, Inc.” will be arriving on Sept. 16 as the lead track off the Dark Nights: Death Metal The Original Soundtrack, the companion album to the seven-issue DC Comics series, Dark Nights: Death Metal.

“Personally, being involved with this soundtrack is really fantastic,” commented Rise Against singer Tim McIlrath.

Recollecting a favorite memory, McIlrath continued, “Growing up, my little brother and I would ride our bikes to the newsstand near our house and spend all our money on the latest comic books, and Batman was a favorite. Also, Zach, our guitarist, is probably the biggest comic book geek in our band. He’s talked about how, along with his brother and father, they were all big DC fans — Batman, Robin, Superman, Aquaman, all the comic book series, the TV shows, and feature films. So, yes, we’re all very excited about being part of this.”

Listen to a teaser of “Broken Dreams, Inc.” further below.

The soundtrack was executive produced by Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy, the John Wick franchise, Dawn of the Dead reboot). The iconic composer offered, “In Dark Nights: Death Metal, Loma Vista Recordings and I saw an opportunity to bring artists together to create a diverse soundtrack that is inspired directly by this incredible comic series.”

Addressing the elephant in the room, Bates clarified, “Our intent is not to literally create a death metal soundtrack, but instead, to illuminate the darkest corners of each character’s psyche from an authentic perspective that is thematically inherent in death metal music.”

“But a soundtrack is merely a collection of songs unless it is holistically intertwined with the story teller’s original work,” Bates added, “With the support of DC and Loma Vista Recordings, and with the help of several artists, I’m creating a short-form animatic film series derived from Greg Capullo’s original artwork for Dark Nights: Death Metal. I’ve invited artists on the soundtrack, and pop-culture personalities alike, to voice the characters illustrated in Scott and Greg’s masterful take on classic DC characters. This has possibly never been more relevant to real life than the challenging time the world is currently experiencing.”

“Broken Dreams, Inc.” will be the first new song Rise Against has released since putting out their eighth album, Wolves, in 2017.

Rise Against, “Broken Dreams, Inc.” DC Comics Trailer

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