Rise Against Ends Boycott of Arizona; Sound Strike Changes Focus

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Sound Strike band Rise Against -- coming back to Arizona.
We're not going to come out and say that the Sound Strike -- the commercial boycott of Arizona by a group of bands, musicians, and artists launched in May, 2010 -- is over, but we're not not saying that the Sound Strike is over.

Chicago punk band Rise Against, one of the Sound Strike's marquee names, has announced two dates in Arizona: September 27 at the Orpheum in Flagstaff, and September 28 at Tempe Beach Park. The band writes on its site:

"Boycotts are an age-old expression of protest; a tool that has shaped our country in the past and will continue to shape it in the future. Boycotts are responsible for some of America's proudest moments; from the American Revolution to the civil rights movement. When Arizona passed an anti-immigration law called SB 1070, many of us saw this as a dark day in American history . . . Our band and other artists worldwide proudly joined The Sound Strike, an artists 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 SB 1070, 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."

Sound Strike organizer Javier Gonzalez says that shows like this represent a shift in Sound Strike's focus:

"There are two specific changes -- one, we're not going to badger anyone to not play there commercially, and two, we're going to actually try to get people down there in a more concerted effort. We're not going to do commercial shows, because there are bands that don't want to do any commercial shows, but we're not going to get in the way of them. We're going to get people down there -- if this means that someone has a creative way of doing something down there, we're open to it."

Rise Against's stop in Flagstaff will be a benefit show, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project (Update from Luckyman Shows: 100 percent of the ticket sales after show expenses and local/state taxes will be donated). Gonzalez says the national implications of SB 1070 and similar laws around the country have to be considered. He also says that when the commercial boycott started to lose steam, it became apparent that a change in focus was necessary. "[We're saying] maybe what we need to do is have a whole lot more shit going on [in Arizona]," he says. "If some of it is commercial, fine."

Rise Against cites positive change in Arizona in the wake of SB 1070 and the Sound Strike, including the recall of SB 1070 author and former state Senate president Russell Pearce and federal action against Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The band says: "This issue is bigger than one state, and we will take this fight nationwide. So along with The Sound Strike, we are ending our formal boycott of Arizona."

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15 W. Aspen, Flagstaff, AZ

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Reeblite
Reeblite

you ignorant sluts... ever hear of rage the machine?  zac laroache started the soundstrike..there have been tons of bands boycotting this state.  when's the last time you've been to a  live show?  if there's no boom bass, hip hop, american idol singers, or country, you don't know any other music?  rise against has been around for at least 12 years sing about social/civil injustice, like true punk rockers do, and put on one hell of a live show.  that's right, phoenix doesn't have  alternative rock programming on their stations any longer...about right, we're about as cultured as an unflushed toilet.

Streetnggas
Streetnggas

wish Rise Against would boycott making music.....FOREVER!!!

Sarum
Sarum

 It's a "dark day" alright when idiots like this have media attention to proclaim themselves knowledgeable enough to "boycott" when even their use of the language shows they have no clue as to what is prejudice and what is not.  I thought anybody with 2 brain cells knew better than to use a term like "dark day" - it's a prejudice term you frreekin idiots!  Furthermore, to use this issue to try to enhance your public stature - you can come to AZ all you want - hope Spanish speaking illegal types buy your tickets cuz US born of all persuasions don't have jobs and can't afford food, never mind a freeking concert from a bunch of idiots who threw them under the bus - yeah, I hear the teens talking about NWO, Illuminati - all that - and jobless them considers you traitors.

Josh
Josh

If you don't like what's going on here why not come and speak out?  Boycotting isn't going to do *bleep*.

TR7FAN
TR7FAN

i think we should just let all the illegals in till the hospitals go bankrupt
people are killed by drunk illegals
people are murdered by gangs human smugglers and illegal aliens with guns
what the heck its only life 
who cares anyway
forgot to say until all real americans are homeless because employers use mexicans who live 15 to a house and work for 4 dollars an hours jobs for americans used to be important
president obama added as an afterthought that hed try and wipeout poverty AND HUNGER in america BUT ONLY AS AN AFTERTHOUGHT TO DOING IT IN THE REST OF THE WORLD

Matthias the Prompt
Matthias the Prompt

They want more attention drawn to the bunch of whitey-hating commie victim-fetishists that teach "ethnic studies" in Tucson?  What a bunch of hypocritical wankers- reveling in leftist politics while raking in a bundle commercializing punk for mass "pop" appeal.   Rise Against can tongue my capitalist balls.

mychelle
mychelle

Other states have the same law and had it before AZ. Did u boycott them? No, u didn't. Love your music but if you're going to stand up for a cause, do your homework. I am anti sb1070 btw.

Help Yourself
Help Yourself

Wow! I've really been worried about when they would come back...........

Concerned Music Fan
Concerned Music Fan

So, basically, the "boycott's" not really the "in" thing anymore, so back to business as usual..

Hot Sweaty Betty
Hot Sweaty Betty

Is that the back street boys all grown up? what a bunch of nerdy dorky looking geeks.

Victory
Victory

Who the hell is Rise Against and who the hell cares if they come here or not? "Arizona is a big meany racist state and were not going to play there". WAAAAAAAHHHHHH! Whatever! Come here, don't come here. I'm sure all 5 of your fans really don't give a crap. They look like a bunch of tools anyways.

Reeblite
Reeblite

rage against the machine.

BOHEMIAN OUTLAW HEDONIST
BOHEMIAN OUTLAW HEDONIST

 The hippie generation already did all that back in the 1960s and it changed nothing. life is nothing but misery and suffering till we die.

EL WRAY BONESHACK
EL WRAY BONESHACK

  nobody cares so you might as well get used to it pal. people just pretend to care.

EL WRAY BONESHACK
EL WRAY BONESHACK

 we should beat them with ball peen hammers then ram cactus up their tight asses then hang all of them from a tree then stab their eyeballs out with ice picks and set their body's on fire.

HELLS ANGELS
HELLS ANGELS

 its kinda hard to boycott lots of easy money for playing music. lol its all bogus bullshit.

FUCK OFF
FUCK OFF

 I heard 3 of them died from heroin overdoses and 1 became a gay porn star and died of aids. this is good news! wow!

Alter Ego
Alter Ego

they all look like the take in their ass. 

theodore_bell
theodore_bell

"Rise against has been around for at least 12 years"??   What?   How does the guy who calls everyone "ignorant sluts" and profess to love Rage Against the Machine misspell the band name - RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE (Not RISE Against) AND the lead singer's name? It's Zack de la Rocha.    Laroache?  Is the guy FRENCH?  The only injustice here is not social, it's the lemmings who follow some uber-dweebie alter-globalization, anti-neoliberal social movement like the Zapatista Movement.   You probably just like the funky beats, so the fact that RATM's music is distributed globally, yet they're against globalization "in theory" is of no consequence to you, I'm positive.   What we've really done, however, is kept Lady Gaga and Maroon 5 from performing here.  And for that, I do owe a debt of gratitude to "Rouche", as you call him.  I guess we're all winners on this one for banning a boy band and a Madonna wanna-be.  All the crappy bands avoided this area, and we had some great shows these last few summers.   We should do it again.

Matthias the Prompt
Matthias the Prompt

Aww, c'mon now!  Buck up, little soldier!  There are also good things in life like friendship, love, kittens, Chinese take-out, weed, boobies, tasty riffs, comfortable shoes, Nutter-Butters, moist towlettes...  It's not ALL misery and suffering.

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