What a rad concert!
Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Tre Cool, and a few others teamed up to bring us the final U.S. stop on the 1st leg of the Revolution Radio tour for the now Rock and Roll Hall of Fame punk band - Green Day.
After an impressive set from Against Me!, the night was ready to begin.
When the speakers threw down Bohemian Rhapsody and Blitzkrieg Bop, the crowd sang in unison and was fired up. Some of the coolest moments included Billie Joe bringing up fans on stage to sing and play with the band.
A boy around 10 or 11 came up to sing the hook from "Know Your Enemy," which kicked off the show. During the epic bass riff and the third verse of "Longview," a woman in her mid-20s was chosen to help sing (and probably give Billie Joe a short break). Finally, a 13-year-old kid named Ian played guitar during the cover of "Knowledge" from Operation Ivy. At the end of the song, Billie Joe was so thrilled that Ian did a great job, he let Ian keep the guitar. Moments that all 3 fans will cherish for a lifetime.
Green Day played a great portion of their hits, including a nice chunk from both their "American Idiot" and "Revolution Radio" albums. (Side note: You should listen to the new album. It's ridiculously good.)
Seeing this band in concert gave me much more respect for all three original members. Billie Joe, despite the insanity of his makeup and dyed hair, has the stamina, endurance and energy of his younger years in the band. Mike Dirnt's bass riffs resembled Geddy Lee from Rush (yes, I'll take that to the bank), and Tre Cool has a lot of Buddy Rich in him. The solos and isolation just made the night that much more of a thrill.
There was a moment where I hoped covers would be played aside from the aforementioned "Knowledge." Green Day and its supporting members threw down a medley of "Shout," mixing in a saxophone solo of "Careless Whisper," mixing in a little "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," and then capping it off with "Hey Jude." What amazed me was the scatting and improvisation on Armstrong's part during the finale of "Hey Jude." He nailed that.
One minor criticism of the show was when Armstrong would, for almost every other song, try to rile up the crowd and get them to chant something in unison. It got tiresome after the first 3-4 times.
The part that probably summed up the show best and what was really comforting was the variety and diversity of fans that showed up. Families with kids in their early teens, and as young as 7 or 8, as well as men and women as old as their 60s and 70s rocking out to every single song. You couldn't help but smile to appreciate great music and the fans who recite the lyrics and play air instruments throughout the night.
I look forward for San Diego to experience Green Day again on Wednesday, September 13, at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre.
Green Day #RevRadTour Setlist - Valley View Casino Center (San Diego, CA) - Saturday, April 8, 2017
Know Your Enemy
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
2000 Light Years Away
Hitchin' A Ride
When I Come Around
Are We the Waiting?
Knowledge (Operation Ivy cover)
King for a Day
Shout/Always Look on the Bright Side of Life/Satisfaction/Careless Whisper/Hey Jude
Jesus of Suburbia
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)