Chuck Ragan / Dan Adriano / Austin Lucas

Chuck Ragan / Dan Adriano / Austin Lucas: Live in ChicagoLive in Chicago (2012)
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Reviewer Rating: 5

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Going into this Revival Tour experience, I really did not know what to expect. Little did I know I was going to be in for one of the most fun concert experiences I've ever had, which is saying a lot since I go to shows all the time. I'm glad I called the venue early in the day for set times and was .

Going into this Revival Tour experience, I really did not know what to expect. Little did I know I was going to be in for one of the most fun concert experiences I've ever had, which is saying a lot since I go to shows all the time. I'm glad I called the venue early in the day for set times and was informed that there are no set times; acts would be going on and off all throughout the night.

The show started with a rousing set of Chuck Ragan, Dan Andriano, Nathanial Rateliff, Austin Lucasand Cory Branan, who were accompanied by a fiddle player and a stand up bass player. You could already tell this night was going to be a lot of fun. After a few songs, this large group departed the stage and announced a special guest who's name I at first did not catch. This special guest started to play and I immediately recognized the song. It was "Eleven to Your Seven" by Hey Mercedes. Turns out the special guest was Bob Nanna. He then went into a second song which I didn't recognize but am assuming was by either Braid or Friction. His third and final song was a track from his the City on Film project.

Next up was Lucas, who was folk/country and very talented. Great songs and winning personality that won the crowd over. He was followed by Rateliff who was more of the same, but with not quite as much personality. Good songs nonetheless. Branan followed and was an absolute wildman. Fast and energetic folk/country music was Branan's forte and boy did he bring it! The crowd was completely sold and clapping along to songs they didn't even know.

The audience went wild for the special guest who was brought up next--Tim McIlrath of Rise Against fame. He played three songs. One new one, a cover of a song from the Killing Tree, which was suggested by an audience member, and finally a Pegboy cover in which he brought out Ragan to accompany. My cries for Jawbreaker's "Tour Song" were shot down with a "You can get that one on iTunes, let's do something different!"

Ragan was next and brought exactly what you would expect. He was made to be leading these folk songs alongside a fiddle, stand up bass and, for a few songs, even a mandolin. He had incredible stage presence as always. Ragan was followed by Andriano, who opened with "Blue Carolina" from Alkaline Trio's Good Mourning album which had the whole crowd singing along. He also played the Trio songs "Fine" and "I Was a Prayer," among others, and sprinkled in some of his own songs as well. You could see Andriano beaming up on stage and was genuinely sad that this was his last night on the Revival Tour. The passion he put up on stage was very evident and you could tell how much he appreciated the other artists as well.

The night ended with about six numbers from the entire ensemble that was seen throughout the night. The party was all out by this point. I was even getting chills up my spine. Everyone was clapping along and everyone onstage was having the time of their lives. You could get a sense they all loved playing music together. It was even funny seeing McIlrath up there giving some unfamiliar songs a try with Lucas whispering lyrics in his ears before they came. Overall, a perfect night. My only disappointment was that I missed so many other previous Revival Tours. Never again.


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discofucker (April 16, 2012)

I thought PN had stopped posting fan boy reviews?

lmchc (April 14, 2012)

still not as good as the philly show.

tim barry, dave hause and brian fallon as the special guests.

allbutone (April 13, 2012)

I went to this tour in Cincy and it was awesome. If you go to this tour and don't have fun, check your pulse because you're probably already dead.

cbsrocksteady (April 13, 2012)

Wow Bob Nanna really? Pretty bummed I missed out on this.

killtaker (April 13, 2012)

I saw this on the Pittsburgh date. I am kind of critical with these punk guys playing acoustic but I had so much fun. First off...the place was packed...in fact my friend asked me if they oversold the show. Secondly...I was fairly intoxicated but that kind of made the show...like a big sing along. I think that the format...guys coming on and off stage...helps a lot. The first guest was Kaleigh Goldsworthy and her set was good but it was really cool to have a female voice on stage...especially on songs like California Burritos. I love the Loved Ones so I was super stoked when Dave Hause was the 2nd guest. I hope that they make another Loved Ones record soon. I was particularly impressed with Cory Branan's guitar work. Dan A was really good and it was awesome when Dave came out and sang Skiba parts to Alkaline Trio songs. Many people seemed to be there to see Tom Gabel which was surprising because I don't remember Against Me being that big of a show last time they came through. I gotta say though that he was terrific...his solo songs and Against Me! songs sounded so good. Chuck Ragan does this acoustic thing better than just about anyone and...even though I have seen him both in HWM and acoustic many times...every set is as good as the last. Overall it was an amazing show and the line up will be tough to beat next time the Revival Tour comes to town.

welcome_to_1984 (April 13, 2012)

They've had awesome guests all over the place, so I'm a little worried about Seattle, since I'm not anybody that lives around here. Stoked that Tom Gabel is back on, bummed that Dan departed, stoked for Sunday.

nothingtoadd (April 13, 2012)

The Revival Tour is fantastic this year. I went to the Boston show and Dave Hause made an unexpected appearance, as did Ken Casey from the Dropkick Murphys. Dave added a ton of energy to the more collaborative songs, and killed with his mini-set of his solo and Loved Ones stuff. Ken only sang a couple of songs with the Parkington Sisters, including "Peg O' My Heart," but it was awesome that he showed up. I'll definitely be hitting this tour every time it comes around.

telegraphrocks (April 13, 2012)

Correction: Where are the set-lists, pussy?

telegraphrocks (April 13, 2012)

Where's the set-lists, pussy?

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