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October 28th 2009 had finally come around, and here I was, stood a few metres from the stage at Birmingham LG Arena, waiting. I have seen Green Day just once before this, and it was the classic Milton Keynes gig 19/06/05, which can be viewed on Bullet In A Bible.
THE BUILD UP
The support band were called Prima Donna, and from Hollywood. They had a classic 80's rock image, and a sound to match. They were quite good, but I probably wouldn't listen to them in my spare time, as they didn't quite match my music taste.
Shortly before Green Day took to the stage, they kept the tradition of sending on the drunk bunny, who stumbled around with a few beers, whilst dancing to YMCA. This really does help to build the excitement, as everyone knows Green Day are minutes from storming the stage. Then, the Ramones hit "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" comes on as another kind of Green Day tradition to start a gig (an old punk song). Then the wait is over, the lights dim, and we hear Song Of The Century.
Song of the Century
21st Century Breakdown
Know Your Enemy
East Jesus Nowhere
The Static Age
Give Me Novacaine
Are We the Waiting
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
Hitchin' A Ride
When I Come Around
Iron Man (Black Sabbath cover)
Paranoid (Black Sabbath cover)
Living After Midnight (Judas Priest cover)
Master Of Puppets (Metallica cover)
Geek Stink Breath
Highway to Hell (AC/DC cover)
King For A Day
Shout (Johnny O'Keefe cover)
I'll Be There (Michael Jackson cover)
Teenage Kicks (The Undertones cover)
Encore 2: (BJ acoustic)
Macy's Day Parade
Wake Me Up When September Ends
Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
I though that this was quite a good set list, although I would have preferred to have heard a more songs off older albums, rather than just the big hits. However, this would be expected, as it is the 21st Century Breakdown tour. As you can see from above, the band burst into random jamming sessions in the middle of some songs, which was quite entertaining to watch. At time you could forget which song they were in the middle of playing before the jam begun!
I feel my personal favourites included She, Geek Stink Breath (they only played a small section of the song), and When I Come Around, as these take me back to their old albums (which I didn't discovers until the American Idiot success).
The acoustic finish was quite good, with four shortened versions of the tracks. I found it a tad sad that when Billie-Joe sung Christie Road, not a huge amount of people sung along, compared with Wake Me Up When September Ends. This shows that a lot of fans are fairly new to Green Day, and not so familiar with the older material, which was partly responsible for their huge success.
There were a fair few antics, as you would expect from a Green Day concert, throughout the night, led by Billie Joe. They included Billie Joe producing a high powered tool that he used to fire compressed t-shirts around the stadium - yes, it was that powerful, many reached the back of the stadium! Similarly he produced a high powered torch, which was pretty much like a spotlight shining around the audience. Oh, and he also fired water from water guns, along with hosepipes! As I was quite near the front I managed to feel some of the water.
Another antic, typical of Billie Joe, was when he spotted a man quite near the back of the stadium riding on somebody's shoulders, and he refused to continue playing the song untill he crowd surfed right to the front and got onto the stage!
Unfortunately, the well known part of a Green Day show, where 3 or 4 members of the audience are asked to come onto the stage and play knowledge, didn't happen in this occasion. Instead, a member of the audience who was sporting a t-shirt reading "I'd Go Gay For Tre!", was asked to come on stage and sing Longview, with the band playing behind him!
A very fun night, which didn't just consist of several songs, but fun antics. As the gig went on, I was pushed slightly further back from the stage, due to the high energy dancing/moshing going on around. So I recommend for those with standing tickets, wear as few layers as possible, and try not to take many valuables in, as you will get thrashed about! Also, remember to fully hydrate before and after the gig too!
Of course, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool were present, along with Jason White (live guitarist) and the full Green Day touring band, which includes saxophone, piano, 3rd guitar.
I was slightly disappointed to here that the previous night they played Last Night On Earth, along with Murder City, as these are some of my favourites off 21st Century Breakdown, but not to worry!
There have been 2 occassions in my life in which I've seen Green Day live, July 2002 and 21st June 2005.
Since 1998, Green Day had been a huge part of my musical life, and were my favourite band of all time. (I was even one of THOSE people who would learn trivia about the band members, thinking it would be of use one day).
Seeing them the first time for their International Superhits tour was absolutely incredible, words cannot describe how insatiable I was with their fantastic mix of songs from all their albums.
However, seeing them at Milton Keynes Bowl on 18/8/05 was a completely different matter. Bear in mind this was the tour for their album "American Idiot", when Green Day suddenly jumped on that political bandwagon.
Having paid around £30-£40 for the day, I expected my favourite band to put on an amazing show, different from the one I'd see 3 years prior. The set list was almost exactly the same as the time I went to see them about 3 years ago, the same amusing antics they pulled before (could they not come up with different ones for this tour? they had 3 years!) except with the painful additions of American Idiot tracks.
The set list reads as follows:
1. American Idiot
2. Jesus Of Suburbia
4. Are We The Waiting
5. St Jimmy
7. Hitchin A Ride
8. Brain Stew
11. Basket Case
13. King For A Day
15. Wake Me Up When September Ends
17. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
19. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
20. We Are the Champions
As you can see, there was nothing from Kerplunk, 1 from SOSH (Knowledge, which wasn't even their own song), 2 off Insomniac (Brainstew and Jaded), 3 off Dookie (Basketcase, She and Longview), 2 from Nimrod (King for a Day and Good Riddance), 1 from Warning (Minority), nothing from Shenanigans and all the bloody rest from American Idiot or covers. Fair enough that it's the American Idiot tour, but there surely should be more consideration for the older fans who hope and pray that at some point, songs like "One for the Razorbacks" will be played.
Also, they were on for one hour and forty five minutes, but only actually played for an hour because of Billie Joe Armstrong elongating the middle of songs. I think I speak for many when I say that there's only so many times he can do the "say waayohh" thing before it gets very very boring. Another frustrating aspect was the amount of times he kept saying "England!" - we know we're here, we don't need reminding. A lot of the crowd became a bit bored and annoyed after a while, with many boo-ing his attempts to "liven up" the crowd.
The saddening aspect is that it appears that they only became political when it was cool to be anti-American politics, which is funny when the majority of the audience are 12 year olds who have no clue as to what's happened and are just being taught by bands that "George Bush/war/the Easter bunny are bad".
And one child, the child of Satan, after Green Day played "We are Champions", asked his mother "Was that their first single?" in which she had to reply "No, that was Queen's song". I think that statement speaks volumes about the unfortunate majority of people who go to gigs like these.
I don't think I have ever felt old until that night.
However, I was extremely impressed with Jimmy Eat World who were the support, who played a wonderful set and were great. Taking Back Sunday weren't too shabby either.
The gig was eventful in the sense that it was a beautiful hot day, I had friends with me, a decent PA system, but the music side was a bit disappointing, I loved hearing some of the music that I grew up on, but I just didn't feel moved like I did before, I just felt bored.
I'd say for huge fans of Green Day's old music should see them once, but not again, because you'll be disappointed with how unimaginative they are. However, if you got into them when American Idiot came out, you will love them.
Date - 6th February 2005
Venue - Carling Hammersmith Apollo, Hammersmith, London
Main Act - Green Day
Support - New Found Glory
~~~ The Venue ~~~
The venue in itself was an absolute joy, providing comfortable seating with decent views of the band and the surrounding area in general. Having been an old cinema, the seats were previously catered to allow a prime view of the stage area, and luckily that hasnt been compromised since its renovation to an events arena. The Apollo itself, has hosted some of the main players in modern music over the last 10 years, yet never a band of the gigging calibre of Green Day. Their reputation as one of the best live bands in the world was immediately evident by the rather lengthy (and tiresome) queuing system, but more about that later. As I say, its past life as a major cinema, in fact the biggest in the country, left it as a prime candidate for a concert venue, already having seating arrangements and a large stage area suitable for such events. Organisation within the venue was an absolute joy, within seconds of (finally) entering the venue, I was already in my seat awaiting the nights events. The Apollo rather oddly still has the old cinema seating in the balcony area, making it a rather tight squeeze for certain concert-goers, but not something that I personally had to worry about.
~~~ Queuing ~~~
Now for the fun part. Popularity of the band aside, the queuing system that the Apollo uses is nothing short of a nightmare. Doors for the gig opened at 7pm, with the support band starting their set at 7:45 - needless to say I missed them entirely. What causes such chaos within the whole palaver of queuing, is the security checks at the arena entrance, with each and every individual checked in a professional manner, causing a queue that easily reached round the entire block at least once. Fears did begin to arise around 8:30 as to whether wed miss the start of Green Days set, but luckily they didnt begin until 9:15, allaying any possible fears that lingered as to the night being ruined by such a irrelevant area of the whole affair.
~~~ Merchandise ~~~
The fun area of any gig, the area where you get to leave with something to remember the night, but also the area that severely damages your pocket. Having only been to two concerts, I can only judge on what Ive seen, but the Hammersmith Apollos charges of £18 for a t-shirt and £8 for a flimsy program rather comes across as something of a con - needless to say though, I caved in to both and left a very happy bunny indeed. The selection though, left something to be desired, with the support act gaining as much on their merchandise than Green Day themselves did, largely due to the minimal choices on t-shirts. But of course, when considered whats to come, you dont worry about little things such as that.
~ Green Day - £18
~ New Found Glory - £18
Program - £8
~~~ Support Act ~~~
So-Cal punkers New Found Glory had the arduous task of supporting modern rocks finest band, and as much as Id love to comment on their set, I cant. Fact being, as mentioned earlier, the horrendous queuing system caused 90% of the audience to miss their set, in favour of encountering the lovely, chilly, Hammersmith weather. From what could be heard outside the venue, they were pretty loud, but thats as far as I can go unfortunately.
~~~ Intermission ~~~~
After entering The Circle just as New Found Glory closed their set, all eyes were now glued to the stage as the roadies laid out Green Days instruments and tested the relevant lighting system to ensure everything was in working order. This included, surely a health and safety issue, a guy clambering up the stage on a harness to survey the lighting rig and, again, check everything was working and no possible faults were to be found. The PA system played out various songs during the break, including old classics by The Beastie Boys and Rancid, whilst awaiting what was to come. As we entered the arena at, roughly 8:30, come 9:15 there was the odd enquiry as to exactly when Green Day were to begin their set, with some suggesting the Apollo may have a licence agreement to close around 11pm due to the sound effecting the local area. Luckily this wasnt the case in the end, and Green Day were left to happily rock along through the entirety of their set-list. Tension was evidently high, with the large majority of the people in attendance, unlikely to have experienced such a concert before, all waiting with the exact same butterflies in the stomach that I was experiencing.
At this point, the infamous Green Day pink bunny arrived on stage, beer in hand, prepared to gee up the audience ahead of the real fun. Known to generally down two beers, the bunny only drank the one on this occasion, choosing to stay fairly sober during his rendition of YMCA, a segment of the night that got the audience warmed up, singing along to the karaoke favourite with a giant rabbit .how odd we must be.
~~~ Main Act ~~~
If negativity is such a thing, you arent gonna find it here !
As the band burst onto the stage, taking the bunny with them, Billie Joe stood in the centre milking every bit of applause that he received. Everyone knew what was coming, the night was about to begin, and it was to be one that I, and many others, will never forget. Opening with American Idiot, the lead single from the album of the same name, it was easy to tell that you were in the presence of true entertainers who knew how to work a crowd, with Billie working each and every corner of the stage from the off, leading a rendition of the chorus to eerie perfection. As the band finished the opening track, a blistering explosion went off aside Tres drum set, providing searing heat into the arena and a great close to such a fine song. A request to wake up all those red-necks in America followed, before the band burst into their longest song to date, Jesus Of Suburbia, providing nine minutes of sing along anthem and great stage presence from the band themselves, the night had only just begun.
The heat coming from the stage, coupled with the body heat from the audience, made the arena something of a furnace, but if anything, it added to the electric atmosphere that was building up at frightening pace. As Billie Joe had his first pop at that f*cker George W. Bush, he received rapturous support for the bands crusade against Bushs regime and downright poor handling of his countries affairs, something that has, quite frankly, got Billies goat. He dedicated the next song, Holiday, to Bush, declaring his love for playing in London as he went along, stating that this is by far the best UK tour of Green Days long, prestigious career. If there were an award for crowd interaction, then Green Day would win every time, getting the audience involved at every possible opportunity - whether it be Billie Joe stating he intended to get naked, inducing the crowd into a tirade against the French, or just a good old fashioned sing along, it was nothing like I could have wished for.
Are We The Waiting provided the first lighter moment of the night, with the audience either holding aloft their lighter, or using their phone as an alternative. Its scenes like that which make you remember so vividly the atmosphere and energy of the night, waving your arms aloft, from side to side and back again, all in unison with Billie himself. With it leading directly into St.Jimmy, the band played their first real punk moment of the night, challenging the audience to keep along with the blistering pace and energy that the band conveyed. When time came for the Green Day classics that everyone knew, the screams were so loud its surprising that the roof didnt come off the venue, with the balcony area po-going up and down beneath you, its an experience like no other. Longview, taken from the now legendary Dookie album, received a blistering welcome, sing alongs induced and Billie Joe loving every second of it. Hitchin A Ride and Brain Stew followed on, seemingly passing at double speed as to be finishing just a little to soon for the audiences liking, but hey, it was fun while it lasted.
The highlight of the night, if there truly was just one, was the cover of Operation Ivys Knowledge, a track which was to include a trio of musicians from the crowd, given the chance to get up on stage and play the bands actual instruments. The guitarist in particular seemed to be having a blast, milking every second he had with Billies guitar before being informed he had to do a stage dive if he was to keep the guitar needless to say, he jumped. That being the highlight of the night, the song of the night was only seconds away, with the intro all that was needed to turn the Apollo into one big rendition of the bands classic Basketcase - do you have the time, to listen to me whine, about nothing and everything all at once ..hell yeah. The heat at this point was nothing short of stifling, with the pyrotechnics adding to the excitement and the wave of blistering explosions giving the audience the occasional surprise, the night was, unfortunately beginning to come to an end.
Having dimmed down, the lights slowly focused on Billie Joe, now sporting a rather fetching crown, prior to bursting in to King For A Day, another good old favourite of the fans. Tre, with an equally attractive pink hat, began launching his supply of drum sticks to every corner of the stage, making you wonder just how many he had back there. After the melee of covering Lulus Shout, the band introduced without doubt, the most poignant moment of the night. Wake Me Up When September Ends, enough to induce a tear as it is, was dedicated to Joey Ramone, leaving the arena a sea of lighters and emotive sing alongs, with Billie Joe evidently moved himself, it was a very touching thing for the band to do in memory of the former Ramones band member. They are a band that influenced Green Day massively in their younger days, leaving it as obvious choice to dedicate such a song to such a legend. A blistering Minority closed the show, or so we thought, getting the audience along for the ride, drowning out Billies vocals with relative ease. But of course, it wasnt over yet .
GREEN DAY, GREEN DAY, GREEN DAY, GREEN DAY, GREEN DAY
Rousing chants encouraged the band back for more, rolling straight in to Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, hitting every note with precision and ease, with the crowd helping along without request. Billie Joe, now sporting a red shirt as opposed to his black one of five minutes ago, seemed instantly invigorated as if he could have gone on for a lot longer yet, but unfortunately we knew the end was nigh. Dookie classic When I Come Around was another of the highly anticipated tracks of the night, with fans welcoming the old as much, if not more, than the new material. As a fitting ode to Green Day themselves, the band performed the Queen classic We Are The Champions, in the end, sung by the fans toward Green Day themselves, with Billie Joe lapping up the acclaim just as he should. Having hopped from one side of the stage to the other all night long, it came time for Billie to close the night out the only way he knows how. Mike and Tre, having left the stage, watched on as Billie performed an electric guitar version of the legendary Good Riddance (Time Of You Life), with the audience, myself included, giving the song the respect it deserved, whilst waving the lighters aloft once again.
~~~ My Opinion ~~~
It was a fitting end to what, frankly, was the greatest night of my life. I thank Green Day for putting on the greatest show possible, playing the old as well as the new, and being an absolute pleasure to waste a Sunday evening on. Safe to say Im now buying tickets to their second Milton Keynes gig in June, knowing that nothing on that level could top the intimacy of such a performance in the Hammersmith Apollo. Despite missing the support act, I saw what I came for, I loved it, and Ill be there again next time. Green Day's reputation as one of the best live bands on the planet was under the microscope last night, and I can safely say that they pass the test with flying colours - energy to burn, enthusiasm by the bucket load, and a respect for their fans that will never die.....thanks guys.
~~~ Set List ~~~
1) American Idiot
2) Jesus Of Suburbia
4) Are We The Waiting
7) Hitchin A Ride
8) Brain Stew/Jaded
10) Basket Case
12) King For A Day/Shout
13) Wake Me Up When September Ends
15) Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
16) When I Come Around
17) We Are The Champions
18) Time Of Your Life
THANK YOU GREEN DAY !
Where and when?
I saw Green Day in Boblingen in Germany and also at Brixton Academy in London. Both in January 2005
Who are they?
A punk/pop/rock three-piece who started with the fantastic 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours in 1990 (albeit without their manic drummer, Tre Cool) and made the pop/punk scene theirs with releases including Basket Case, When I come around and Good Riddance Time of your life. Currently battering the manufactured bands out there by taking their punk-opera master piece American Idiot to the top of the charts in the Us and UK.
Am I a fan then?
Ive been into Green Day since they released Dookie, though I have got the rarer stuff, which includes Kerplunk! and 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours. So yes, I suppose I am. Ive seen them once before at the Reading Festival.
There were lots of similarities between the two gigs. My fears that it would be like seeing the same gig twice were allayed by the fact that the band were very into the songs and didnt trot the gig out like a formula. The biggest difference was that the German gig had more filler in it (five occasions of Billie Joe doing the everybody Waayyy-ooohhh thing). Ill treat the review as a review of the whole lot.
As the band (Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool) ran manically onto the stage, shouted "This house is mine!" and exploded into the title track from the latest album American Idiot I got a feeling that this was going to be a sweaty and amazing night. The new album has a couple of 9-minute long opuses and I was amazed to hear the entire of Jesus of Suburbia played live, with the help of a couple of session musicians.
The new stuff went down well with the younger members of the audience. At 28 I was among the older lot but I was reassured to see some 40-somethings pogo-ing around the floor to the older tracks like Basket Case. There were some great moments such as when a couple of audience members were dragged on the stage and armed with super-soaker water pistols to soak the crowd. At the London gig the guy brought on first was so excited he threw up. Without missing a beat, Billie Joe exclaimed that the Sex Pistols would be proud of him, saving the kid some embarrassment! Genius.
A few more people were invited on stage later to play Knowledge, a cover of an old Operation Ivy song. In Germany, the drummer was fantastic and Tre Cool had to restrain him to stop him playing fill after fill, rather than the simple beat they wanted! The drummer in London wasnt really up to it and it showed. On both occasions the lead guitarist walked away with the guitar, much to the approval of the crowd.
Some people have said that the handling of political opinions in songs such as Holiday is heavy-handed and unnecessary and Ill leave that up to you. It doesnt bother me though. The anti-Bush sentiment was hardly prevalent and most of the kids there probably didnt notice it anyway.
Another cover that went okay was that of Lulus Shout. A played straight rendition of Queens We Are The Champions was fantastic and the huge ticket tape explosion left the crowd sweat-soaked but happy. Most of the usual songs were there, with Longview and Brain Stew/Jaded getting the crowd very excited (some of the angry kids nearly forgave their parents for whatever it was that they were so angry about). I wanted to hear Welcome to Paradise, but it never came, nor did anything of note from 1039/Slappy apart from Knowledge a cover. I guess this is down to record label politics, but its a shame.
It could be the last we see of Green Day as a power in rock music as they are getting on a bit (as are some of us fans), but Ill be first in line if they return to Europe. If you can get to see them, even at the festival circuit, then get there!
I have to say i have been a huge fan of green day for a long time. Every time they have realised an album i have been out to the shops and bought. Unfortunately it was only recently that I could make it to one of their performances. There was no surprises that I left the huge wembley arena incredibly satisfied with wot i'd just seen, an amazing feat of comedy and punk rock mixed into one night. Billie was even more snotty and anarchic than he is on record, and mikes basslines were even more frantic than ever when played to a live audience! There was an amazing atmosphere in the pit as u get battered and bruised by other green day fans and the scent to pot was in the air. U could even see the smoke rising! green day played all of the classic songs. My favourite of the night was definitely king for a day. The tongue in cheek lyrics mixed with amazingly well played trumpets was well worth watching
They had been on the road for 8 months when the turned up at Wembely on Wednesday 17th July, to what had seemed a packed out arena to play some of the greatest music of all time. It was hard to fault Green Day, whilst the lacked the comic genius of Blink 182 they made up with incredible extensions of their well established songs and random covers of other musical genius. Green Day's attempt to get the crowd moving was non-stop, from the chants being started by Billie Joe himself to the occasional cry of "Whose your daddy", one famous moment had Billie Joe retrieve 3 audience members who are still in early stages of Drum, Bass and lead Guitar playing to finish off one of their songs. Sadly the attempts to get the crowd going is one of their downfalls especially in the form of "EH OH", Christ if I had to say that one more time I would scream! Nevertheless I was so caught up in the excitement generated from such a long standing band such a minor gripe is barley worth mentioning. Billie Joe tried the comical side of things after all this was the British version of the "pop disaster tour" that Blink 182 starred in America. The various people dressed in comical clothing such as the wasp and YMCA dancing drunken rabbit. What had me in hysterics was the WWE wrestling taunt "Spin-a-roonie" pulled off excellently by Billie Joe and when Billie Joe yelled, "Pi**off then" to a croud member that didn't want to go on stage. Music wise I was utterly stunned, the music was often halted with the basic rift merging in the background to here Billie Joe speak to the audience such as "Who struggled to get here because of the F****** tube? Well we're here to make it all worth it" these sorta antics led to a 10 minute version of Minority that featured a mini song within. Famous at Green Day gigs are the covers of famous well established musical hits, in the case of the Wembely gig "Shout" wa
s played and really got the crowd going. From the occasional stage dive to drenching the crowd with a super soaker that was so big it probably needed a license. The lighting effects were no less than stunning especially in comparison to the poor support band errr Christ's (I think), from the flashing Green Day logo turning from green to red and the skull and crossbones that had an array of multi coloured lights flashing upon it. Probably the more comical moment was at the end is when Green Day decided to smash up their set, first the drum set was smashed to pieces and the guitar set alight and then guess what Green Day decided to do? An encore, quickly getting a new guitar and trying to fix the drum set together with Tre' Cool sitting on the floor because he destroyed his chair, utter brilliant. Go see them I advise you do.
Until yesterday i hadnt been to any concerts. As you may know yesterday GREEN DAY were playing at the telewest arena in Newcastle. I woudl like ot say that i think they were fantastic. I am quite a green day fan and the fact that they were the first gig i eveer went to is humbling. They were really good live with better quality than and CD could playback. they woo'd the crowd including me. They even had a good support band Pin (something) who did good songs and an old one By the Clash. when green day came onstage from the start they encouraged the crowd and even got three people up on stage to play their guitars. the thing that i noticed after was the impact that they had on everyone becasue people in cars were all playing green day. FANTASTIC The band were really gud onstage and even the support band were gud despite no one had heard of them. becasue it was my first concert i had decided to be in the seats (not that i ever sat down) but the pit looked really good and things were flying around. Beach balls paddeling pools etc. becasue the arena is very big (usually used as an ice hockey stadium) there was a very big mosh pit and at the end of the show they went out witha bang and lots of ticker tape which covered most of the arena.
So i just got back, yesterday, from the move festival. Obviously if you wasnt there you have missed it..but the bands will still go on and play tours, where u can catch them if u missed them this time. They were all good acts, some not my kind of style but still performed well. It was a long day, lasting from 3.30pm till 10.30pm and seeing 6 bands, it was a very good day. Kicking things off was a band from california. I have seen these perform live once before, when they supported Incubus back in January of this year..and they are Hoobastank. When i saw them at that Incubus gig, i thought they sounded great. So i went out and bought their album, self titled 'Hoobastank' if your a rock fan i recommend buying this, i think its a good album, with my favourite tracks being, 'Crawling In The Dark' 'Better' 'To Little To Late' and my favourite on the album 'Pieces' And as i stood in the middle of the pit at the move festival with Hoobastank on stage, i was hoping they would open with 'Pieces' and they didnt dissapoint me. It got Hoobastanks set of to a great start and they carried that on through their set. A good start to the festival, and after owning their album, seeing them live twice now, i recommend anyone reading this to go and see them next time you have a chance, i know i will be! After Hoobastank got me going, i was really looking forward to hearing some more music. And the next band of the day to play was Rival Schools. I had heard some of their stuff before, not alot, but enough to know who they are and what their like. Anyway as they came on stage, till when they left the stage, they were to put it politely, crap. Their live performance i thought was not that good, and the songs were poor. They wasnt my kind of band when i went into the day and i certainly wont be wanting to hear them again. It put me out of the mood abit now, and after every song they played i was hoping it would be there las
t. By this time i left the crowd of people surrounding the stage after rival schools set to cool down and get a drink before the next band came on. The next band, and only band on the day from the UK, leeds to be precise, was A. After hearing 'Nothing' and 'Starbucks' i checked out their new album, 'Hi-Fi Serious' I thought it was good. So i was looking forward to seeing them live especially the 2 songs i have already mentioned. I thought they were good live and a big step up from Rival Schools. When they played 'Starbucks' they also got a good pit going. There was a good atmosphere surrounding their whole set infact. And as they closed there set, they finished up with 'Nothing' which they performed great. All in all, i would say that id like to see A in their own tour so they can perform for abit longer, and play a few more of their tracks. As i am not a follower of Ska Punk, infact i really cant stand the stuff, i wasnt particulary looking forward to the next band, Less Than Jake. Everybody in the place except me seemed to like them. i couldnt understand why, i just thought the music was not worth me listening to. But i stuck with them listening to them, hoping their would at leats be one good song. Cant remember their being one! At least they were energetic on stage, which cant be said for some other bands i have seen. For me the enxt band i was thinking "why are these even on now? they should have been on first or something" in my opinion they wasnt that good at all. But after hearing them i thought they was ok, better than i expected. They was No Doubt. The only reason i made my way to the front was to get as close as i could to Gwen Stefani, as she is one the hottest things around. Although she looked great i was hoping No Doubt would be equally as good. They opened with a song i actually like by them 'Hella Good' they performed it live very well to. To be fair it was a good
set, and i liked hearing their old school songs like 'Dont Speak' The only song ireally didnt like is 'Hey Baby' which for some reason everyone else seemed to like, in my opinion its a very annoying song. The one other thing i did and do like about No Doubt is their stuff they do on stage. You get the band running around after each other, Gwen running around alot and doing press ups. Also she climbs to the top of the stage, which was abit mad but cooool. But thats Gwen for you. I would actually after seeing them live, go to see them again. And that concludes the support bands, yes Hoobastank rival schools A less than jake and no doubt are only support acts to the headliner who i really paid the money for, the other bands were just a bonus. Green Day is the band i was there for. I have seen alot of bands before, but never Green Day. I couldnt wait to see them. They are one of my favourite bands. They was funny, great live, talked to the crowd and was overall just great. They played some old stuff and newer stuff. Some songs although i wanted to hear which they didnt play, one being 'Geek Stink Breath' But from start to finish they were amazing. The best band i have seen in my lifetime live. I really do recommed anyone to see these. I was hoping to get picked to play onstage on any instrument. But i didnt get picked :( one lucky so and so..got a kiss of billie joe!!! and got to keep the guitar he performed with!!!!!!!!!!!! the lucky bast..person. Just to be their in the same area as Green Day was enough for me, i cant wait till i see them again. A great day...A GREEN DAY. Green Day are... Billie Joe Armstrong Tre Cool Mike Dirnt
Seeing Green Day live at Leeds Festival last year was by far the highlight of my summer. After waiting all year to see the band and going to Leeds purely to see them I wasn't disappointed. I arrived in Leeds on the Saturday to catch what seemed to be the punk day. The Friday had been mainly metal and not being a big metal fan I decided to give it miss. The Saturday was fantastic. A beautiful day sat on a hill watching some of the biggest names in music play. After waiting for PJ Harvey on the main stage and watching her whole set just to get a good view of Green Day I was as eager as anyone there, if not more so. I had missed out on seeing the band when they visited my home town the previous year as I hadn't heard much by them, just the occasional single which didn't really strike me as at the time my musical tastes were somewhat crap. Anyways, about 7.30 5 blue sirens started wailing and a rather short guy wearing a green day shirt and three quarter length shorts walks onto the stage, it was Tre Cool. He walks over to the drums, sits down and on comes Mike Dirnt and finally the god Billie Joe. Billie recently voted the scruffiest rock star in Kerrang! Magazine lived up to his reputation by wearing his trademark short trousers, dirty trainers and stripped top. Not a named brand anywhere, what a guy. We walked on, put on his guitar, waiting for the cheering to quiet and jumped into Dookie's 1994 release Welcome To Paradise. At first I can only say I was frightened, this was my first festival gig and as Green Day were practically headlining everyone was watching them. I was stood about 30 ft away from Billie Joe and to my dismay a pit had started around me. With little hesitation I decided to join in. I was hardly likely to make my way through thousands of people and as I was pretty much in front of Billie Joe I don't care how many times I get knocked down, I’m staying. For some strange reason I ended up in
a pit with all the Goths that had been at Leeds since the Friday watching the likes of Marilyn Manson and other 'artists'. As you can probably tell I don't really care for it and I don't really care for Goths. That’s why I enjoyed the pit, I might come across as a bit of a thug but they loved it. I was actually a little scared when I realised that they weren’t really there to enjoy the music but for the violent pits. Instead of debating the greatness of Green Day in the middle of one of my favourite songs I think I just pushed them over a few times. The set list was fantastic if not a tad repetitive throughout their world tour. I had the bootlegs from some of the other gigs and apart from a few expectations they were the same, this was the case at Leeds. The sound was amazing and Billie's guitar, that he christened 'Blue' looked as punk as a guitar can possibly look. A common factor with most Green Day gigs is the audience band. Being a guitarist I was ready for the 'Can anybody here play guitar?' and I tried to get as close to the barrier as possible. My attempt was in vain as the backpack I was wearing was being pulled from all directions and some guy, have no idea where he was from got up instead. As predicted he played Operation Ivy's knowledge Billie introducing it as, "This was a cover song, but I took it and know it belongs to fu*king me" which is fair enough as the band have been playing it since their 1993 Lookout Record's release of Kerplunk. After the honorary band member stage dived but not before kissing Billie Joe goodbye the band continued with their set. Mainly playing songs from what was then their latest release Warning they had the crowd as excited as when they first came on. Finishing the set with Macy's Day Parade after Tre Cool does his usual stunt and after an hour and a half on stage the gig was by far the best of the day. God bless punk.
I have been to see Green Day twice, both in very different settings. The difference in location attracted different people. One crowd made me feel disollusioned with punk, life and everything. The other made me smile for weeks. The first time I saw Green Day was at Nottingham Arena, 09/12/00. I ended up stood second from the very front. No complaints, apart from being kicked by crowd surfers and landed on. What got me was the way Billie Joe had to stop on a regular basis and ask the crowd to help each other out, pick people up and so on. Although his please of "C'mon, we're in this together" seemed a bit cheesey at the time, I quickly realised how right he was. I got pushed over at one point, and the lad next to me just stared at me dumbly while I tried to haul myself up. One of the reasons I got into punk was the ethos of equality and solidarity. But that was sadly lacking here. Looking around, the crowd seemed a lot younger (no offence to any young punk fans, honest). It also seemed that some of them had bought their ticket in order to scrap legally in a public place. Some of us were there to see the band. Imagine! The second time was at Leeds Festival 2001. Having skulked around the beer tent for most of the day, I decided to go and get involved nearer the front. Being slightly drunk (ahem) I skipped through a little pit and got knocked over, taking someone else with me. Straight away, several people stopped what they were doing to pull us up. I try and go to as many gigs as I can and I'm saddened to say that I left the pit feeling...touched. But why should I? Is it too much to ask for people to treat each other in a way that they themselves would wish to be treated? The very nature of festivals tends to attract an older crowd. The camping, the toilets, the illegal substances, the ability not to cry when Sainsbury's staff rob you. To me, it seemed, that punk was, that night, alive and well. Of course, Green Day
were very good. Even though they were in a supporting role at Leeds, they could easily have headlined. What do you expect from a band as big as them? At both gigs, they played well known tracks from all their albums: Basket Case, Longview, Minority, Nice Guys Finish Last...we all know them. And while I would recommend a Green Day gig to anyone, I would say be careful of where you go. Enclosed spaces seem to promote a kind of frantic behaviour that open fields don't. I go to a gig and I expect a few bruises. I don't expect people to look on while everyone else stands on me. How you behave towards other people can influence how they feel about a venue or a band. I use Green Day because it's what I know, and I know I would have enjoyed Nottingham a lot more if the ignorance wasn't rife. Sadly, crowd ignorance has caused deaths. You can blame security, barriers, numbers of people. But at the end of the day, it's up to the indivual to ensure that they and those around them have a good time.
Their show is a mad, hour-long session of pure punk sound it is sweet, the way they blend the old stuff with the new. In a seamless session of the way it used to be. I have seen them several times at festivals and also indoor events and every time they rocked. If you have not seen the guys, you definitely should when they next roll in to town (reading and Leeds festival). They are great, ok so there new sound is more pop than rock but what the hell if its enjoyable why complain. So the sound is a little different than dookie but they have been a long way and who ever said that change is a bad thing.
I am a HUGE Greenday fan and I went to see them live on November 9th last year at the ice arena in Nottingham. Before i actually talk about the gig i'd like to say what happened before... When i was walking around Nottingham a friend of mine told me that Tre Cool was in Superbowl- i had my doubts, but i was near superbowl so i went to check it out! I went in and as i looked up guess who i saw!! Yep, it was Tre himself! I felt guilty annoying him before the gig when he was trying to relax and do some bowling, but i wud have regreted not talking to him forever if i hadn't! I borrowed a pen from the information desk, plucked up my courage and went over to him. I asked him to sign my Greenday top, which he did (I still have my top and i havent washed it for 4 months!!) I then just said a few words, and shoock his hand!! I still can't believe i got to talk to him!! After my little starstruck moment i shook myself off and headed towards the ice arena. I had to que for about half an hour to get in, but that's not exactly uncommon! When i went in and sat down bouncing souls were playing- they put up a good performance and got the crowd going (the crowd were extremely excited anyway- knowing they were going to see greenday). I could see the standing area was heating up- with a few surfers and bouncing souls hard punk got them jumping. When Greenday came on- (to a song a cant remember (i have a bad memory)) i went into standing it want really violent, but the atmosphere of excited adolesants and the amazing experience of Greenday live compensated for that. The gig was good with tracks from all greendays albums- the best crowd reaction was to 'Hitchin' a ride', 'Brain Stew', 'Basket Case', 'Geek stink breathe' and others that iv already forgotten! Billy, came out with funny masks and props, like a water pistol! He entertained the crowd fantastically with his shouts of A'RITE and the cheers of 1,2,1,2,3,4!! One lucky
member of the ordiance (who i envy soooo badly!) got to go up play billy's guitar and then stage dive! Of coarse the Funnily dressed trombone and trumpet players came out for what i can remember King for a day and something else (bad memory again!). The whole gig was a great time, with one of the worlds best showmen (Billy Joe) with the audience at his feet! There was an electric happy atmosphere, right up to 'Good Ridance' (some people call it Time of your life) when the crowd shouted out the words and waved there arms in a tribute to a great night- it truely was a time of our life! They then (i think) broke into Platypus, which drove the crowd crazy! Warning was also very welcome and gave the crowd a very happy atmospher as they bounced up and down to the cheerful tune! (I think) The gig finished with macy's day parade which truely is a great tune- it left the crowd silent. The gig really was fenomenal- If you ever have the chance to see Green Day GO!
Green day were seen at Nottingham arena on 9th December 2000. They were amazing; these are the only words to describe them as. Not to mention the wicked mosh pit and crowd surfing. Billie Joe was mental, coming on wearing a mask many a time (not trying to be slipknot, I must mention). Two hours of non-stop play. The songs were souped to the limit making them twice as long. Playing lots of there new stuff, which wasn't so great. But then some of the old, reviving the true GREEN DAY. Some specials such as She, Brain Stew, Welcome to paradise, Basket case and Good riddance. When it came to playing Kurplunk songs, Billie Joe got 15-year-old Eleanor up on stage to play the guitar. She was all right, but when he said 'now Eleanor is going to perform a stage dive' she was quite worried, but she managed it, but not very well. This was a massive set. Supported by the Bouncing Souls, who were averagely all right. If anyone ever has the chance to see them they must be seen.
Well what I night i had recently. I went to see Green Day live in Glasgow. I didn't go into the the support act so I have no idea what they sounded like, however when we did go in we were standing around for a minute and then these sirens came on and Green Day came on and launched straight into a song. The crowd went wild, me included. After about 30 mins I had to get out of the crowd cause the heat was making me dizzy, but after a quick drink I was back in there. They played all of their classic hits from Dookie, Nimrod, Insomniac and Warning. I wish I could list them all here but I didnt pay attention to the set list. Billie Joe was excellent live, he sounds exactly like he does on the cd and he never hit a dud note once. The band were amazing, if you like punk, metal you will definately like them, if you are more of a pop person stay away, trust me!
Being a huge Green Day fan I was naturally excited to be going to see my favourite band and queued for over an hour before the doors opened in order to get a spot at the front near my heroes. Being glad to be let in out of the cold night outside, I took my place at the barrier and waited for the support act, D:Generation to come on. They weren't anything special, but they where alright, something to jump around to and get ready for what was ahead. After half an hour D:Generation finished with a song that I actually had heard before (It was in a film I seen once). The roadies came on and begun to bring on Green Day's kit. As the D:Generation banner dropped down and we saw Green Day's banner it brought up a huge cheer. After another half-hour Green Day came on stage to a huge Belfast welcome. Billie Joe had dyed blond hair, Mike had short hair and Tre was wearing a Nimrod T-shirt and shorts. Billie Joe stood on a flight case and lapped up the applause. They launched into the opening song and the moshpit went wild, jumping all over the place and the crowd-surfers started. This would be a good place to put in the setlist WELCOME TO PARADISE GEEK STINK BREATH NICE GUYS FINISH LAST HITCHIN A RIDE THE GROUCH CHUMP LONGVIEW 2000 LIGHT YEARS AWAY BRAIN STEW JADED KNOWLEDGE BASKET CASE SHE FOD PAPER LANTERNS *BREAK* SCATTERED PROSTHETIC HEAD WHEN I COME AROUND TIME OF YOUR LIFE After the first song, I had been knocked over and trampled a few times, so I went back a bit to get a bit of space to jumpa round in. Being further away from the band didn't hinder my enjoyment as I had more room to flail around and enjoy myself! Billie Joe was on top form. He requested clothes from the audience, and people threw clothes up on stage and he put them on, ending up with three or four layers of clothes. His best quote was "We wher
e here last at a gay festival five years ago, and I can see quite a few of you have come back again". The intensity the band played with was fanatstic. They ripped through the songs, with a certain aggression it is only possible to obtain live. The highlight was probably them getting someone up on stage to help out with "Knowledge". I met the guy at the end and congratulated him. I was so jealous, he got to meet the band! They played loads of my favourite songs, Bille was in top form and telling jokes and being funny all night. It was a gig I wished would never end. I was tired, sweating and gasping for a drink, but I didn't go get one as I didn't want to miss anything. I came out with ringing ears and no voice left but I was really happy. I can't wait until I see Green Day again.