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Touring With Rancid A Dream Come True For Chicago Punkers

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2009

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Going on tour with Rancid was a pipe dream for Tim McIlrath and the rest of the Chicago punk rock group Rise Against.

“There’s a lot of tours out this summer, and we knew we just couldn’t bring the same old show where we headline and have a band that’s smaller than us open,” explains McIlrath, 30. “Someone, I think one of our agents, said, ‘OK, guys, what is your fantasy idea? What band would you play with if you could play with any band this summer?’ And we said it would be Rancid.

“We were just completely shocked when they came back and said (Rancid) was interested in doing it. I didn’t believe it at all, and it wasn’t until (Rancid’s) Tim Armstrong came personally to one of our shows in L.A. and came to our dressing room and shook all of our hands and said, ‘Hey, we are so excited to be going out on tour with you guys’... And I was still like, ‘I can’t believe this is happening.’ ”

Even though Rise Against — whose most recent album, “Appeal to Reason,” came out in 2008 and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart — has more commercial heft than its forebears, McIlrath says his band wants to make sure its fans understand just how important Rancid is both to Rise Against and the contemporary punk scene.

“It’s amazing just to tour with such a legendary band,” McIlrath notes. “Without them paving the way for us, who knows where we would be. It’s something we never saw happening; it was kind of like a fantasy idea, and I can’t believe it all came together to happen.

“It’s definitely be an honor to share the stage with them.”

Rise Against, Rancid and Riverboat Gamblers perform at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (June 24) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $35 with a an $89 balcony four-pack. Call (313) 961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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