We are pleased to announce Rise Against returns to Arizona after a 2 yr Sound Strike boycott.
“ When Arizona passed an anti-immigration law called SB1070, many of us saw this as a dark day in American history. We knew our fans wanted to see us play in their town, but we could not compare a fans disappointment in missing a concert to the devastating affect this law would have on so many working families in Arizona. Our band and other artists worldwide proudly joined The Sound Strike, an artist’s boycott of Arizona. Many of you understood the gravity of this decision and stood with us. Others were split, citing the fact that the citizens of AZ had nothing to do with SB1070, so it was unfair to punish them. Some believed the solution was to engage Arizona by coming and playing rather than avoiding the state altogether. We took this all into consideration and truly value your insight as always. But we followed our gut, and believed that we could not carry on business-as-usual when so much is at stake. We took a stand, not to punish our fans, but as an expression of protest that harkens back to the days of Rosa Parks and the civil rights era.”–riseagainst.com
Not only are we happy that Rise Against has recognized the unfortunate impact of the Sound Strike boycott, but we’re hyped to announce they’ll be playing Mesa Amphitheatre with GASLIGHT ANTHEM and HOT WATER MUSIC Sept 28th!!!