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Average User Rating 9.97
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Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
 
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Green Day Live, the best money you can spend
Venue/Date: The Palace Of Auburn Hills (Auburn Hills, MI)
Concert Date:  
July 14th, 2009
Reviewer: benchwarmerstix

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9.90
I will start off by saying this review will be very biased. I have seen Green Day several times, and if I only had one dollar to spend on a concert it would go straight to Billie Joe Armstrong and his kid’s college fund. My wife and I just celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary and this was our “night out” to commerate the date. We did contemplate flying out west to see the show as Franz Ferdinand was the opener out west and they are right on Green Days heels for our favorite music. Alas, in these tough economic times we thought it better to stay close to home so we got The Bravery as the opener. The lead singer was as skinny as I have ever seen a grown man be. To quote Vince Noir he was definitely wearing “drain pipes” on stage. Funny as they always say how bigger guys should not wear horizontal stripes as it makes them look wider. I think the same should be said for ultra skinny guys as it makes them resemble a barber pole at the right angle. Anyhow, they came out and played 5-6 songs, and even threw in a Green Day song from the Kerplunk! days. The crowd was mostly ho-hum, but not bad. Not my type of music, but not bad. Then out with the drunk bunny, he was kinda funny and when Billy Jean was playing over the speakers he did a little MJ tribute. Then out came Green Day to a huge ovation. My wife is a high school teacher, one of those who do not let you skate by, and you had better be aware as she may call on you at any moment. This is what it is like to sit in Billie Joe’s classroom as well. He will call out individual members in the crowd to “stand the fuck up”, kinda funny actually. Going into the show I was expecting 21st Century Breakdown front to back but that was not the case. Instead of trying to do a set list for you, I will just run down what I actually remember lol. From the EARLY stuff like 1039 and Kerplunk they played nothing, which was a bit of a bummer since Going to Pasalaqua is still one of their best IMHO. Dookie they played Longview, and my wifes favorite She. From Insomniac they played Brain Stew into Jaded, and from Nimrod they played Good Riddance, Hitchin a Ride and King For a Day. The King for a Day song is such a good, light hearted funny tune. They all wore crazy hats and shades and this went into an interesting version of Shout that was followed by all guys laying on the stage and paying a Stars on 45 style montage to Motown. The sax player was in full Michael Jackson Thriller gear, complete with surgical mask. He even did a little Kid N Play Gettin’ Funky heel kick with the guitar player. Bravo Billie. From the Warning cd they played Minority and Macys Day Parade. I have a soft spot for the Warning cd as it was a bridge work, where in retrospect you can clearly see the seeds planted for American Idiot and 21st CB cd’s. Mixed into this Billie Joe stands on a small platform and starts to play Crazy Train by Ozzy for like 15 seconds, stops and gets cheers. Then he goes into a Dio song I can’t name with the same response. Finally they go into KISS and Detroit Rock City for about 20 seconds to a HUGE applause. I am sure it’s because of the song title and not for the KISS tribute, KISS is HORRIBLE. Anyhow, from American Idiot they played American Idiot, Are We the Waiting (complete with sweet disco ball above the pit), Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Holiday, Jesus of Suburbia and St. Jimmy. During the Jesus of Suburbia song he pulls a kid onstage to play guitar while he sings and the kid is very good. From 21st Century Breakdown they play 21st Century Breakdown, Know Your Enemy, Before the Lobotomy, East Jesus Nowhere, Static Age, Mass Hysteria and 21 Guns. Overall this show is a 10/10. NO ONE in music puts the effort into their performance like Green Day does. They engage the crowd, they bring people up on stage, they high five people in the crowd, they yell at security for rough housing kids, they are the most bad ass band on Earth, end of. Here is the thing you are missing if you are not a fan, the impact of the words. I have said this over and over but underneath the high paced music are some of the deepest and most poignant words to be heard. Billie Joe is a wordsmith. If you read the words as you go along with the music and actually absorb what is being said it will hit you like a sack of hammers. Green Day are as relevant today as they were when Dookie hit big. The band is as tight as a band can be musically. Having been a group since high school the boys can think in tandem. They have fun with you as they play. Imagine going to see a friend play in a small club and how that friend would interact with a club full of friends and family, that is a Green Day show. The music and the words are so angry, but the delivery and approach to the fans who paid to get in and see them is filled with mutual love. It is not fake either. You would think a band as big as them would get an attitude about things, like the Killers or Oasis, but not Green Day. They know exactly why they are stars and they give back. I could not love a band more than I do them. GO AND SEE THEM!!! I have pics on facebook (mobile uploads) http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/BENCHWARMERS?ref=profile http://www.benchwarmerstickets.com/blog/?p=238

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
Green Day Puts On Great Concert
Venue/Date: US Airways Center (Phoenix, AZ)
Concert Date:  
October 5th, 2005
Reviewer: aceshooter

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10.00

Green Day, Jimmy Eat World rock packed America West Arena

Larry Rodgers
The Arizona Republic
Oct. 6, 2005 12:00 AM

U2's Bono may be the most magnetic front man in rock, but he'd better watch his back when Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong is in the house.

Armstrong and his bandmates had an overflow crowd at America West Arena hanging on their every move from the opening chords of the mega-hit single "American Idiot" on Wednesday night.

After more than a decade of working mostly smaller venues, Green Day has become a full-blown arena act, complete with fireworks, 40-foot-tall flames and costumes.

But the punk-pop outfit's explosion into the mainstream, courtesy of its hugely popular "American Idiot" album, hasn't softened the impact of a band that clearly still loves what it's doing.

Arnstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tre Cool - augmented by a few players for touring - delivered a musical tirade against Red State America and its leader, President Bush, with an impressive level of energy and rage.

"I want you to sing so loud that every redneck in America can hear you!" Armstrong screamed as loud explosions brought the opening song to an end.

"This is not (expletive) television! Get your ass out of your (expletive) seat right now," Armstrong added, as the band went into the rocking "Jesus of Suburbia" suite, also from "American Idiot."

For Green Day's entire two-hour set, Armstrong bounced all over the stage and a runway extending out into the crowd, usually with a grin on his face, imploring concertgoers - mostly in their 20s and 30s - to join in the fun.

In a reminder that Green Day has more than paid its dues before hitting its multi-million-dollar payday, Armstrong told the Phoenix audience that October is " a special month. We've been a band for 17 years."

He recalled early shows in the Valley, including a gig at the Silver Dollar Club that also was mentioned by Jim Adkins, leader of opening act Jimmy Eat World. (Adkins waited all night as a fan to see the show, but didn't make it in.)

After playing small clubs and sweaty stops on the Van's Warped Tour over the years, Green Day has mastered the art of playing for a large audience.

Armstrong was the happy cheerleader for the night, repeatedly getting the crowd to join in chants of "Ay-oh!" and orchestrating singalong duels between the arena's two sides.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Green Day Rules Home Depot Center
Venue/Date: Home Depot Center (Carson, CA)
Concert Date:  
October 9th, 2005
Reviewer: aceshooter

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10.00
Triumph of punk vitality
Green Day wraps up its improbable comeback with an explosion of epic proportions at the Home Depot Center.
By BEN WENER
The Orange County Register

And so, a little more than a year after its launch, Green Day's improbable, deserved, very encouraging "American Idiot" juggernaut prepares to rest with two pandemonium-inducing shows at Home Depot Center, 4 million copies in stateside possession alone, a raft of awards (including a Grammy) and not one but four singles still getting airplay.

Who could have imagined such a development?

Five years ago the Bay Area trio that almost single-handedly kick-started the '90s neo- punk boom had been reduced to either has-been or exalted- veteran status (depending on your viewpoint) on the catch- a-rising-band Warped Tour.

Who would have dreamt that the group could reassess, stretch both its own boundaries and that of its proudly limited genre, and produce not just a triumphant comeback, not just one of the greatest punk totems ever (rank it just behind "London Calling," I say), but a "Tommy"-like masterpiece that is certain to be among the most defining works this decade?

Such an achievement demands an equally stupendous live incarnation, which is exactly what Saturday brought: a massive, fervent, fireworks- laden rally to extravagantly rouse the fresh and the faithful behind these anthems to alienation wrapped in a teenage sociopolitical manifesto.

"This is the biggest show we've ever had in Los Angeles," a momentarily wistful Billie Joe Armstrong declared after listing all the dives that once hosted the 17-year-old band, which now is older than at least half of its fans.

But it was more than that: When combined with other equally large stops on this leg of the "Idiot" run, this is the single biggest punk takeover in rock history. Down on the gargantuan stadium floor were thousands of sweaty kids pressed like stamps to envelopes. In the stands, it was like 'NSync at the Rose Bowl - that is, row after row of families toting little ones to their first concert.

Never before have I heard this at a punk show: "Daddy, is it going to be loud?"

I know to some this review must seem like absurd hyperbole, and I don't mean to overlook the Kiss-like atmosphere or those lapses (the abundant demands for more screaming, the build-a-band-out-of-fans bit) that test the patience of older patrons. This is, I realize, the same show Green Day offered last year in arenas, two halves of "Idiot" sandwiching a smattering of earlier radio hits, all of it now draped by gigantic video screens
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