Green Day 4/8/17

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I had only seen Green Day one other time back in 2005 on the American Idiot tour but here they were again on tour for Revolution Radio that was released back in October. I was originally going to get floor tickets with a couple guys I used to work with but Kyle had his plus one bail on him and I felt bad that he got hosed on a reseller site so I just bought his extra ticket.

The couple guys I used to work with got to the venue at 6 am to make sure they were front row when the doors opened. Lunatics. I met up with them outside about an hour before the doors opened to have a couple beers and shoot the shit. Once they went in I walked over to Phil’s BBQ to meet up with Kyle for an El Toro and more beer. After a couple more beers at a brewery nearby that I had not ever been to (Bay City Brewing Company) we got to our seats about 2 minutes before Green Day hit the stage and boy did they hit it. So much energy! So much pyrotechnics! The band was very tight and played a nice mixture of old and new tunes. One super cool moment was when Billie Joe brought a young boy onstage to play guitar and then let the boy keep the guitar once he was done. Another cool moment was when Billie Joe brought a younger girl onstage to sing which ended in her stage diving. Those 2 kids will remember that for the rest of their lives so I thought that was a pretty cool thing to do.

SETLIST: Know Your Enemy, Bang Bang, Revolution Radio, Holiday, Letterbomb, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Longview, Youngblood, 2000 Light Years Away, Hitchin’ a Ride, When I Come Around, Waiting, Burnout, Are We the Waiting, St. Jimmy, Minority, Knowledge (Operation Ivy), Basket Case, She, King for a Day, Shout/Always Look on the Bright Side of Life/(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction/Careless Whisper/Hey Jude, Still Breathing, Forever Now, American Idiot, Jesus of Suburbia, Ordinary World, Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

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Green Day 10/2/05

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Green Day was still touring for the album American Idiot that was released almost exactly a year before this show. Me and a girl I was dating at the time randomly happened to be in a parking lot where the radio station ROCK 105.3 had set up a tent and were giving stuff away. Turns out they were giving away tickets to this show and we won! Somehow I never saw Green Day before this but it was not from a lack of liking them. I remember “Hitchin’ a Ride” being absolutely amazing, I remember Tre singing “All By Myself” and I remember being impressed with how thick the sound was with a second guitar player. At the end of the show fireworks were shot upwards from the very outer top of the stage. I walked away excited that Green Day had reached the height of those fireworks and I was there to see it.

SETLIST: American Idiot, Jesus of Suburbia, Are We the Waiting, St. Jimmy, Longview, All By Myself, Hitchin’ a Ride, Brain Stew, Jaded, 2000 Light Years Away, Knowledge (Operation Ivy), Basket Case, She, King for a Day, Shout (Isley Brothers)/Stand By Me (Ben E. King), Wake Me Up When September Ends, Minority, Maria, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, We Are the Champions (Queen), Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

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