Atlanta, GA – The line of people waiting to get through the doors of The Tabernacle, a historical building located in Downtown Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park District, was thick with eager fans mostly donning black clad. Already a hot, summer evening, the temperature indoors was about to kick up to full blaze when Senses Fail would feverishly lead off tonight’s ticket with songs such as “Rum Is for Drinking, Not for Burning”, “Lady in a Blue Dress”, “Buried a Lie”, and “Bite to Break Skin”.
The Used was up next and did they ever deliver a scorching set! The crowd screamed and the venue shook with their strong presence as frontman Bert McCracken, bassist Jeph Howard, guitarist Joey Bradford, and drummer Daniel Whitesides hit the stage. The band certainly cranked up the energy and went on to what they do best, connect deeply with their fans through live performance filled with honest and raw material, and even a bit of Shakespeare thrown in. The Used is described as having “high energy live shows, gut wrenching relatable lyrics, and melodies that blended pop sensibility and hard rock”. It is easy to see how much The Used enjoy live shows and engaging all those gathered.
The Used are celebrating twenty years of their debut self-titled album which features classics such as “A Box Full Of Sharp Objects”, “The Taste Of Ink”, and “Blue And Yellow”. The Used released their ninth studio album, Heartwork, in 2021 via Big Noise complete with a total of 27-tracks and features 11 never-before-heard tracks that were all written during the original Heartwork (2020) sessions.
Singer Bert McCracken shares, “I’m proud of where we’ve come from. In my mind, ’emo’ has become a more honored term. What band is devoid of emotion? No band that I like. Tagging a band as ’emotional’ isn’t really such a bum out, because I’ve always been quite an emotional guy. If you were to have asked me, like 5-6 years ago, I’d have said we’re a rock band or a punk band, but in the past couple of years, seeing the resurgence of this kind of punk rock/early 2000s music, I think it’s cool to be part of a huge genre that was pretty banging.”
THE USED Setlist
Take It Away
The Bird and the Worm
I Caught Fire
The Taste of Ink
All That I’ve Got
Buried Myself Alive
Blood on My Hands (Bert reciting an excerpt from Shakespeare’s tragedy, “Macbeth” before the song.)
Pretty Handsome Awkward
A Box Full of Sharp Objects(With “Smells Like Teen Spirit” intro and chorus played during the song.)
The venue side doors were now opened in an attempt to manage some of the sweltering heat, while stagehands worked to shift us into the final level of intensity. It wasn’t long before we were heading into a blistering roar as Rise Against ripped through their crowd-pleasing set. Rooted in powerful riffs, rapid tempos, catchy hooks, and politically and socially charged lyrics, Tim McIlrath (vocalist/rhythm guitarist), Zach Blair (lead guitarist), Joe Principe (bassist) and Brandon Barnes (drummer) know how to pack a punch AND leave a mark.
RISE AGAINST Setlist
Ready to Fall
Re-Education (Through Labor)
Dancing for Rain
Make It Stop (September’s Children)
Hero of War
Give It All
Rise Against have also recently followed up the 2021 album Nowhere Generation with a five-song EP, Nowhere Generation II, written and recorded at the same time as the original record.
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Show Date: August 4, 2022