hmv.com reviews... Rise Against @ O2 Apollo Manchester
Rise Against brought their fiery new record The Black Market to Manchester over the weekend and we were there to take it all in...
Rise Against, Chicago rockers with tonnes of fire still in their bellies. Touring in support of new record The Black Market, which you can preview on the right of the page.
Manchester's Apollo, the 3,500 capacity theatre down in Ardwick.
Any good supports?
Swimmers, once known as Emily's Army, who brought their summery pop punk along to warm the place up. Veterans Pennywise were main support and got the crowd pumped up nicely with their grizzled punk anthems.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It was pretty damn sold out, packed to the gills with a very rowdy crowd, so rowdy in fact that the show had to be stopped for a full 10 minutes while security repaired a broken front barrier at the front of the standing area.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
It was the perfect mixture between the new and old. Kicking off with crowd favourite 'Ready To Fall', the band played a track from each and every one of their albums, including outstanding renditions of 'Like The Angel', 'Chamber The Cartlidge' and 'Prayer Of The Refugee'. From the newer cuts 'I Don't Want To Be Here Anymore' and 'Tragedy + Time' went down supremely.
The band encored with an awesome acoustic double of 'People Live Here' and a colossal 'Swing Life Away', before finishing with a showstopping pair of 'Make It Stop' and 'Savior'.
Any good between song banter?
It was more calming things down than banter, Rise Against frontman Tim McIllrath had to ask people to take a few steps back repeatedly. He also thanked the crowd repeatedly throughout.
Did they put on much of a show?
Four huge letters, they lit up and spelled out R I S E, which was a nice touch.
What was the highlight of the set?
The powerhouse renditon of 'Alive And Well' was belted out at a furious pace.
Where can I catch them next?
They've moved on from the UK now and are onto the European leg of their world tour.