Its my birthday, and I just came back from seeing Green Day at their last US show for this year. Great way to celebrate my birthday, by the way. I was at their first show of the tour in Seattle and I can’t help but compare the two. First off, the opening band, Franz Ferdinand was awesome. The sounded great and they played with enthusiasm, unlike the Bravery who opened Green Day’s shows at the beginning of the tour.
Green Day started off with the new stuff (I don’t remember the exact set list), kicking it off with 21st Century Breakdown, followed by Know Your Enemy and East Jesus Nowhere, where Billie requested 2 kids from the audience who got “saved”. Then songs from American Idiot followed, Boulevard of Broken Dreams and Are We the Waiting/St. Jimmy (my personal favorite). Some old school Green Day was played like 2000 Light years Away, followed by the classics from Dookie like Welcome the Paradise and Basket Case. King for a Day/Shout couldn’t have been left out, which turned into an extensive cover with songs from Guns n Roses, Led Zeppelin and others. Again, lots of songs were played, an excelent mix of new, newer, old, older and covers (I’ll follow up later with the exact set list, so stay tuned).
The stage was awesome, a video-displaying background, along with a skyscraper backdrop with embedded monitors. At one point Billie’s mom comes on stage to wet the crowd with a huge SuperSoaker, while Bille operated a toilet paper-shooting machine, then proceeded to blast t-shirts out the the crowd.
Green Day played for over 2.5 hours and ended with Billie Joe playing 3 acoustic songs at the end (Macy’s Day Parade, Last Night on Earth and Good Riddance). More than half dozen kids were brought up on stage to sing, play guitar and be saved by Billie. The crowd was amazing and the band sounded better than ever. Perfect ingredients for a perfect night. At the Forum. In Los Angeles. On my birthday.
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