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20 Questions: Rise Against

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Monday, Mar 2, 2009
by PopMatters Staff
Tim McIlrath of Rise Against answers our 20 Questions before heading out on the road with Rancid later this year (tour dates below).

1. The latest book or movie that made you cry?
Turtles Can Fly. That’s a sad fucking movie.


2. The fictional character most like you?
Tyler Durden from Fight Club.


3. The greatest album, ever?
Fugazi’s 13 Songs. Nobody has ever done anything like this record, or like this band.


4. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Wars, I mean, have you seen Trekkies?


5. Your ideal brain food?
A good book in a small mom and pop cafe sipping on a hot chocolate…
  
6. You’re proud of this accomplishment, but why?
Watching our last two records go gold was pretty overwhelming. I don’t think I was quite prepared for that. Reaching that many people, and realistically more, is far beyond any goal we set for our little punk band.


7. You want to be remembered for…?
Being part of the solution, not the problem


8. Of those who’ve come before, the most inspirational are?
Ian Mackaye, Kathleen Hannah, Joe Strummer, Angela Davis. The dudes that chucked all that tea into the ocean in Boston a few hundred years ago.


9. The creative masterpiece you wish bore your signature?
Any book by Cormac McCarthy. His writing is from another time.


10. Your hidden talents…?
I can scale tall backstage hallways.


 


11. The best piece of advice you actually followed?
Don’t get too comfortable.


12. The best thing you ever bought, stole, or borrowed?
Bought: A murdered-out moped.
Stole: A VCR/DVD player from my high school that I still use today.
Borrowed: A Kerosene 454 cd from Neil Hennessy of the Lawrence Arms. I don’t think he knows I have it, so don’t tell anybody.


13. You feel best in Armani or Levis or…?
Volcom jeans. I know they fit so I just keep buying them because I hate the idea of going somewhere and having to try on pants all day. That sucks.


14. Your dinner guest at the Ritz would be?
Trent Reznor. The man is genius. There is more punk in his pinky finger than half the mohawked bands out there.


15. Time travel: where, when and why?
DC in 1981 so I can see Minor Threat play a show. Or Chicago in 1968, the year of fire, the riots, the war, the music. I want to see our country the last time it was really fired up.


16. Stress management: hit man, spa vacation or Prozac?
I’m not a violent man and I can’t ever relax with some stranger touching me and I don’t do drugs. How about poolside in Southern California sipping on a Shirley Temple and reading.


17. Essential to life: coffee, vodka, cigarettes, chocolate, or…?
Chocolate. I’m afraid of coffee because I know too many coffee addicts. I’m straight edge so I don’t drink or smoke. But I’ll eat the shit out of some snocaps.


18. Environ of choice: city or country, and where on the map?
Country. Touring most of the year we see plenty of cities, but not enough of the country. I like to visit the town of Fort Collins in Colorado when I have off time. It’s got a great vibe and great people.


19. What do you want to say to the leader of your country?
I’d say she should have us on our show some time, we promise not to jump around on her couch like Tom Cruise did.


20. Last but certainly not least, what are you working on, now?
I’m working on trying to get to Vienna. I flew to Europe via London and got set down in Manchester because of a snow storm in London, their worst in 18 years apparently. Right now my band and crew are scattered across England and Ireland and we’re all trying to figure out how we’re going to get the show in Vienna tomorrow. Wish us luck!


TOUR DATES
June 4th   Vancouver, BC   Pacific Coliseum
June 6th   Edmonton, AB   Rexall Place
June 7th   Calgary, AB   Calgary Corral
June 8th   Saskatoon, SK   Prarieland
June 11th   Denver, CO   Red Rocks Ampitheatre
June 12th   Kansas City, MO   Beaumont Club
June 13th   St. Louis, MO   Pops (Outdoors)
June 15th   Cleveland, OH   Time Warner Cable Amp
June 17th   Montreal, QC   Parc Jean Drapeau
June 18th   Quebec City, QC   Agora
June 19th   Ottawa, ON   Civic Centre
June 22nd   Cincinnati, OH   PNC Pavilion
June 24th   Detroit, MI   Fillmore
June 26th   Minneapolis, MN   Myth
July 6th   Seattle, WA   WaMu Theatre
July 8th   Reno, NV   Reno Events Center
July 10th   San Diego, CA   Cricket Wireless Amp
July 11th   Los Angeles, CA   The Forum
July 13th   Las Vegas, NV   The Joint
July 14th   Phoenix, AZ   Mesa Arts Center
July 16th   Dallas, TX   Palladium Ballroom
July 17th   Austin, TX   Stubb’s
July 18th   Houston, TX   Verizon Wireless
July 20th   Orlando, FL   House of Blues
July 21st   Orlando, FL   House of Blues
July 23rd   Myrtle Beach, SC   House of Blues
July 24th   Baltimore, MD   Ram’s Head
July 25th   Philadelphia, PA   Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
July 28th   Boston, MA   House of Blues
July 29th   Boston, MA   House of Blues
July 30th   Buffalo, NY   Agri Center
July 31st   Toronto, ON   Molson Ampitheatre

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