Chicago’s three-day, punk-rock carnival was host to Slayer, Jawbreaker, Raconteurs, Patti Smith, Rise Against, Bob Mould, Rancid, Bikini Kill, Lucero, the Struts, and more. Here are our favorite guitar-related moments from the 15th annual gathering.
Bloc Party’s Russell Lissack
Bloc Party brought the rockin’ dance music to Riot Fest and most of the swinging was instigated by Russell Lissack’s 2003 Fender Tele that he purchased with the band’s first record advance when they were signed. He told us in 2016 Rig Rundown that he swapped out the original bridge pickup for a Seymour Duncan single-coil and uses Ernie Ball Super Slinky .009–.042 strings on all his guitars.