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The entire crowd probably could've fit into the New Oasis, in which I think Rise Against could've pulled off its show although it couldn't have fit its big lighting rig and fancy but under utilized video screens.

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His big speech was about how bands like Rancid had passed the punk torch to Rise Against and that he hoped Rise Against would be passing it to the next generation in the crowd last night. It's a nice sentiment but Rise Against seems to have picked Rancid in order to be able to pre empt criticism of its punk cred, and Rancid seems to have agreed to join the tour in order to spark sales interest in a young crowd that wasn't around when its last CD Lacoste Sneaker Men

Such an assembly line feel might be an interesting gimmick for a punk band to explore as a means of showing solidarity with the working class, but for Rise Against, it made the songs run together like so many widgets coming out of a machine.

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Rise Against fulfilled its obligations Wednesday night to a less than half full crowd at the Reno Events Center.

The band's playing was sloppy and not in an amateurish but exuberant punk way. It was lazy. Blown guitar lines, members out of sync and simply uninspired.

But as someone who merely enjoys the band's politics and a few of its songs, it didn't work for me.

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message was so good." Really? How could you tell?

Next was the Bay Area punk band Rancid. Their set was an embarrassment. Maybe that's too strong of a word. How about lackluster?

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The fight for what? Against "illegal invader aliens"? Or against the Obama administration's position this week that a "not guilty" verdict in court doesn't mean it'll release prisoners? Have the guts to name names, please.

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And then, in case it wasn't clear about all the Rancid merchandise available outside, during the finale of "Ruby Soho," the screen played a roundup of all the available Rancid merchandise.

Fredericksen used his stage patter to sell the Rancid brand. Multiple times, he urged fans to buy the new album by name. "It's available in the lobby," he said.

I couldn't help but think of the last time I saw Rancid in Reno more than 10 years ago. The band could've played at the Livestock Events Center, but the promoter told me Rancid said it preferred a smaller Lacoste Loafers Mens

In what seemed a regular nightly bit of conversation, McIlrath urged a few moshing fans to take it easy out there: "Remember the fight is outside, not inside these walls."

If you were already a fan of the melodic hardcore Chicago band and knew all the words and were up close with your fist pumped, the Events Center show still likely worked for you.

club that would sell out and have a packed, sweaty, rabid crowd. Such an atmosphere is simply better for punk rock than an impersonal basketball arena.

came out six years ago.

Rise Against played it safe

Maybe this song selection is understandable. As a middle act, playing before a crowd of mostly another band's fans, you'd want to stick with the usual hits to play it safe. Of course, who wants a punk band that plays it safe?

It gave its enthusiastic fans who sang along to nearly every song, often with fists raised in the Rise Against salute, 20 songs during about 90 minutes. It performed one song from each of its early indie label CDs, even doing a nice version of "Everchanging" acoustically, but it stuck mostly to its corporate label anthems.

Rancid always plays one song off its first CD before Lars Fredericksen joined the band. This time we got the lesser track "Rejected" from an already weak album. Also played were the two biggest songs off its second CD, the biggest one off its fourth CD and the main three tracks off its new one, which made clear that the rest of the new album is filler, albeit good filler.

You're probably thinking, "But the playing was flawless." Yes, it was. Sonically, except for the mushy vocals caused by the sound system and the venue's acoustics, Rise Against played note for note like Original Palladium Boots on its CDs. But it was craft, not art; recitation, not inspiration.

Even more annoying were the pointless video images unwinding behind Rancid. On screen, there was a fair amount of Rancid playing live and screaming fans in Rancid T shirts as we were watching Rancid playing live in front of real screaming fans in Rancid T shirts.

(This contrasted with Rise Against singer Tim McIlrath saying later that as a punk band, "We're not here to sell you anything.")

The Canadian rock band Billy Talent started things well enough, doing what every opening act should: It had fun and played hard while people filed in and didn't stink up the joint.

Oh, the band is professional enough that it sounded all right. But it was merely going through the motions. I blame it on the greatest hits set list that it's playing every night on this tour (although Reno got one less number than other towns). If I'm kind of tired of the songs because I've heard them a gazillion times, I can only imagine how the band feels.

The other seven songs in its set came from its one classic album, "And Out Come the Wolves" from 1995.

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