Green Day – Live

Bay Area punk legends Green Day took over their hometown Fillmore on Tuesday night, April 2nd, to fundraise for United Nations Right Here, Right Now Global Climate Alliance....
Green Day
Green Day : Live

Bay Area punk legends Green Day took over their hometown Fillmore on Tuesday night, April 2nd, to fundraise for United Nations Right Here, Right Now Global Climate Alliance. With a capacity of a little over 1300, the Fillmore is as intimate of room as they come for a band of their stature. Throngs of fans spanned blocks waiting to get into what may be a once in a lifetime experience for them, witnessing one of punk rocks biggest acts of the ‘90s and early 2000s up close and personal.

Well into their third decade as a band, Green Day has an expansive library of albums to draw from but for their forthcoming tour, they’ll be playing two of their biggest hit albums Dookie and American Idiot in entirety every night. Tuesday night, however, they provided a front-to-back offering of their latest record Saviors (QRO review), as well as their 2004 hit American Idiot. The hometown crowd did not disappoint, singing along word for word to several of the new tracks off Saviors. The energy in the room stayed high throughout the front half of the performance, with most in the crowd fully engaged in the new material. No phones in sight, a truly focused audience.

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Phones did fly into the air, of course, when the first chords of American Idiot blared out of the speakers. The energy soared as career long Green Day fans lifted their children onto their shoulders to catch a glimpse of punk rock royalty. The band sounded tight, with the original trio of lead vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Holiday, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tre Cool supported with a few other players to fill out their iconic sound. They breathlessly moved song to song covering classics off their hit album from their title track “American Idiot” to “Holiday”/“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “Wake Me Up When September Ends”. After summing up the album with “Whatsername”, Green Day thanked the San Francisco audience who stuck it out thru the two hour performance. And they returned for a raucous encore leading off with “Minority” from 2000’s Warning before tearing the house down with “Basket Case”, a world renowned, seminal Dookie hit.

To say the night was special is an understatement. For a band who has been at it 25+ years to deliver such a ferocious performance is both a surprise and a treat. The raw in-your-face energy of the punk music they draw from was present from the opening notes. And the stage antics of Billie Joe and Mike Durnt jumping off monitors and stage kicking like it’s still the ‘90s was a sight to behold. Green Day fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Tuesday night’s performance was just a taste of what is to come of what very well could be another banner year for the band.

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-photos courtesy of Greg Schneider

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