In July of 2018, renowned American rock band Rise Against released a project titled The Ghost Note Symphonies, Vol. 1. The record contains reimagined versions of classic Rise Against songs taken from their extensive discography. These renditions of their music focus heavily on orchestral instrumentation and a sonically acoustic tone. Los Angeles was lucky enough to be one of three cities in the US picked by Rise Against to witness a live performance of The Ghost Note Symphonies.
The seats at the Ace Theatre in Los Angeles were filled with fans young and old on Sunday night, ready to hear the acoustic interpretations of celebrated rock songs. As the lights went dark in the theater, the string orchestra’s harmonious vibrations filled the air, telling the audience early that this would be unlike any other Rise Against show of the past.
Lead singer Tim McIlrath greeted the crowd with “Hero of War” and “House on Fire” showcasing exceptional integration of acoustic melodies and orchestral themes boasted on the album. McIlrath took a moment to remark on the importance of looking back and reminiscing on the artistic efforts of the band’s history, and how this record was an homage to how far Rise Against has come as a group.
This nostalgic message lead seamlessly into a rousing performance of “Savior” which had members of the crowd singing and clapping to the beat of the acclaimed track. The night included many more dives back into older discography, pleasing the diehards and casual fans in attendance with a new take on their favorite songs.