This Veteran’s Day, Rise Against continues to go against the grain with the video to the band’s live cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son.” While the song itself remains one of the most memorable and poignant rock hits addressing class issues in military conscription, the band’s powerful rendition still remains topical.
Singer/guitarist Tim McIlrath, whose band continues the lineage of politically-conscious rock bands, explains: “We actually used to cover ‘Fortunate Son’ in our early basement days. To me, the song represents one of the best examples of mixing music and politics together so seamlessly that nobody questions it.”
The track is off the band’s new EP Nowhere Sessions (Loma Vista Recordings), out this Friday, Nov. 12th. A six-track live expansion of their acclaimed 2021 album ‘Nowhere Generation,’ Rise Against’s new EP captures and celebrates the anthemic intensity of the band’s renowned performances, shown here in peak form. “Fortunate Son” follows the first single “Talking to Ourselves (Nowhere Sessions),” a new rendering of the Nowhere Generation album track (a live version of the #1 Rock charting title-track also appears on the EP). Other songs out this Friday include a fiery cover of Misfits’ “Hybrid Moments” and a live version of Rise Against’s 2009 breakout single “Savior.”