Reprising a now-infamous patriotic moment at Sunday night's Phillies game, the sold out crowd at the Rise Against/Bad Religion show began a "U.S.A." chant right before Rise Against played, appropriately enough, "Hero of War."
The gig, the second night of a two-show stint at the Electric Factory featured two generations of American punk rock mainstays: Bad Religion, who formed back in '79 and is still going strong, and the younger Rise Against, who formed a mere dozen years ago, back in '99. It was unclear whether or not RA lead singer Tim Mcilrath, a noted political activist, approved of the jingoistic chanting or not.
It came with him urging the crowd to breathe a sigh of relief at the death of Osama Bin Laden, but only with the idea that it should help end the war in Afghanistan, giving a shout out to the IVAW (Iraq Veterans Against the War) contingent in the crowd.
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