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In which I review a surprisingly awesome Green Day concert

Listening to: “Ripped Up Jeans and Silly Dreams” by Candy Hearts

I managed to snag a free ticket to see Green Day play in Brooklyn on Sunday. I saw no reason to pass up a chance to see a band that I’ve been listening to for the better part of my existence (though maybe not as much recently).

but cool looking lights though

Great view, amirite?

The concert (not show, this was definitely a concert) was at the Barclays center, which was the first time I’ve been there. That place is too massive, and the beer is averagely overpriced. We had second row seats, which put us a hockey rink’s distance away from the stage, but heads taller than the folks who purchased general admission tickets and, therefore, we had a decent view.

Green Day hasn’t played NYC since their 2002 tour with Blink 182. I missed that show, so this was my first time ever seeing them live. I awaited a Billie Joe breakdown ala the iHeartRadio fest. At one point early on at Barclays, Billie Joe sat down on the stage, elbows on his knees, chin in his hands, and I thought this might be the moment. He seemed to ponder the crowd for a few seconds, then got up and shouted for the first of many times that evening, “Let’s get crazy!” He later professed his love for the audience multiple times.

Really, we had a pretty clear view of the stage

Really, we had a pretty clear view of the stage

Green Day performed well and the concert was a big bunch of pop-y fun. And here’s why: Green Day are entertainers. At one point in the past they were a punk band. They started out like any other punk band, playing basement shows, mad at the world. Some time around American Idiot, things changed. They were no longer playing shows. They started playing concerts and major venues and festivals. They realized — perhaps with the help of money, encouragement, or a combination of the two — that they were not just a band, but a brand. The concert was great because they embraced this.

They started their set with newer songs and moved into classic ones, which Billie Joe referred to as their “vintage” tunes. They included a ton of audience participation and one too many “Everybody say ‘Heyyyyyy Ohhhhh'” moments. They brought audience members on stage to sing, dance around, hug Billie Joe, even play his guitar and then get to keep it. And why not? They most definitely make more than enough money at every concert to give away a cheap starter-kit guitar. They covered a more well-known Operation Ivy song, which was exciting since this tour has included more covers from the likes of Iron Maiden and the Beatles.

The audience ranged in age from middle age to middle school to in the middle of preschool. I’m sure some badass memories were made for some little kids that night. We missed seeing Best Coast open, so no review for them. But Green Day embraced the pop star part of their image and put on a super upbeat, fun concert.

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