Posted On 18 Oct 2016
On Monday, October 17th, the three leading members of Green Day proved that at ages 44 (Billie), 44 (Mike) and 43 (Tre) and with nearly 30 years together, they still know how to put on one incredible show.
For two and a half hours, the band entertained a rowdy and mighty crowd at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California. It’s been 22 years since Green Day has played at this venue so they were certainly ready to remind people of what they’ve been missing all these years.
The rock band performed songs off most of their entire catalog including hits from “Dookie” (1994), “Nimrod” (1997), “Warning” (2000), “American Idiot” (2004), “21st Century Breakdown” (2009) and “Revolution Radio” (2016). Crowd favorites included “Basket Case”, “When I Come Around”, “American Idiot”, “Jesus Of Suburbia”, “Holiday”, “Hitchin A Ride” and many others.
Crowd surfing, chanting and thunderous applause filled the arena for the better part of the show. Despite the heat inside the venue, the audience never let up and were hypnotized by Green Day front-man and all around rock icon, Billie Joe Armstrong. His energy was intense and constant from beginning to end. The crowd ate it up and he had them eating out of his hand. His politically charged statements fueled the audience with both disdain for Donald Trump but also positivity and a sense of unity towards each other.
Throughout the show, Armstrong continued to urge concert-goers to vote in this year’s election and to always speak their mind. At one point, he even gave a shout-out to his mom who happened to be in the audience. He shared that she had bought him his first guitar at age 10 for $300.00 and he still plays it today.
Billie’s Green Day band-mates Mike Dirnt (bass) and Tre Cool (drummer) continue to be impeccable musicians and received plenty of praise themselves.
Along with playing their greatest hits, towards the end of the night, the group also performed a medley of “Shout”, “Hey Jude” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and even a little “Careless Whisper” on the saxophone provided by the musician Jason Freese.
At the end of the concert, Armstrong shouted, “Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you to all you fucking weird Californians.”
No, Billie, thank you. Thanks to you and the rest of Green Day for showing just how timeless your music is and how much better with age you have all become.