Rise Against used the popularity of their breakout album to embark on a rigorous concert schedule in 2005, including the Taste of Chaos tour, The Leeds Festival, and the Warped Tour. Even with such a hectic concert schedule the band was able to release The Sufferer & the Witness, which brought Rise Against back to their punk roots. By 2006 the success of the album had made the band headliner of Warped Tour concert dates that year, and they shared some of that fame by opening for My Chemical Romance at the onset of their concert schedule. It was also around this time that Chris Chasse left the band due to the innumerable tour dates, and was replaced by Zach Blair.
Immediately after the replacement, Rise Against once again went on tour dates until Appeal to Reason was released in 2008. The album received mixed reviews, with critics now claiming it was too mainstream and strayed from their punk roots once again. Fans of the album attributed the change to the ever-present pop influence in society, and that the songs themselves were strong and well-written.
Rise Against's new album, Endgame, is a blending of their melodic riffs and screeching guitars, which should please fans on both sides. While McIlrath claims the album is not a concept album, many of the songs deal with serious worldwide events such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. Rise Against has been promoting the album on a South American and European concert tour, but will return to the US with tour dates starting on April 5 before heading back to Europe. Many tour dates are already sold out, including the Long Beach show which will feature popular punk band Descendents; their first time playing in fourteen years. Rise Against will be joined by Bad Religion and Four Year Strong on the remainder of the tour, so fans are advised to buy tickets soon.
The Gaslight Anthem: The Gaslight Anthem is an American rock band from New Brunswick, New Jersey, formed in 2006. The band consists of Brian Fallon (lead vocals, guitar), Alex Rosamilia (guitar, backing vocals), Alex Levine (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Benny Horowitz (drums, percussion).
The band released their debut album, Sink or Swim, on XOXO Records in May 2007, and their second album, The '59 Sound, on SideOneDummy Records in August 2008. The band's third album, American Slang, was released on June 15, 2010. Their fourth album, Handwritten, was released on July 24, 2012, on Mercury Records.
Brian Fallon was in a number of bands prior to The Gaslight Anthem, most lately This Charming Man. The band went through a number of line-up changes, to the point where the band consisted of Fallon, Mike Volpe, Benny Horowitz and Alex Levine. At this stage, the band renamed themselves to The Gaslight Anthem, due to a change in direction. After this, Volpe left and Alex Rosamilia joined, and the current line-up of The Gaslight Anthem was formed.