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This American punk rock band formed way back 1986 by vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt. For much of their career, the band was a three piece with drummer Tré Cool. Tré Cool replaced their former drummer John Kiffmeyer in 1990 prior to the recording of the band’s second studio album. Here are 25 facts about Green Day.
Green Day – Youngblood – Oakland, Live, 12-10-16, 1st row, Oracle Arena. Billie Joe: Are you ready to sing along? “Fu*k you I’m from Oakland!” 😛
2nd Night of Live 105’s sold-out Not so Silent Night. Everybody waiting in line got heavily rained on from ~9am to 3pm while they lined up early for the show 😛 Many fans recognized each other from previous shows. One of us (who was also the 2nd person in line!) even got called up to join the band on stage for ‘Know Your Enemy’!
For ‘Longview’, Billie invited a young fan to play and sing with them. After the end, the kid asked Billie Joe and Mike Dirnt if he could play another song. After listing a few he knew, he then choose ‘J.A.R.’ Afterwards, Billie was so impressed that he let the kid keep the guitar, which pleasantly shocked him and all the fans.
Before ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’, Billie Joe paid tribute to the victims of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland. “What I’ve always loved about the Bay Area is that we have the best freaks and weirdos on the planet. This is our own… this is our people… friends of friends… So my heart goes out to all those people who perished in the warehouse.”
Unlike the October 20th Green Day show we went to at the UC Theatre which ended well after midnight, the Oracle Arena’s curfew was 11:30pm, so there was no encore this time. There was also a lot more crowd surfing this time as well 😛 We were in the 1st row for that one as well, and the only crowd surfers I remember going over us were the 2 that were invited up on stage, lol, I believe the 1,400 UC Theatre might have been a bit too small for a mosh pit to break out 😛
1. American Idiot
3. Know Your Enemy
4. Bang Bang
5. Boulevard of Broken Dreams
7. J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)
9. Hitchin’ a Ride
10. Brain Stew
11. Basket Case
12. When I Come Around
13. Still Breathing
The Head and the Heart
Green Day – Shout/Always Look on the Bright Side of Life/(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction/Hey Jude – Oakland, Live, 8-5-17, 1st row, Oakland Coliseum. Billie Joe: You! OK, get your ass up here! 😛
Hometown show! For ‘Know Your Enemy’, ‘Longview’ and ‘Knowledge’, Billie invited a fan to sing and play the guitar with them. 2 of the fans picked out were standing adjacent to me, lol. Many of the fans recognized each other from previous Green Day concerts. In fact, the kid who played ‘Longview and J.A.R.’ last year on the guitar and who was featured in the ‘Spotify Landmark Series: Green Day The Early Years’, was next to me in the VIP line.
For the VIPs, we received, among other things, the opportunity to watch the band sound check from the stadium’s suites. Two of the songs sound checked were ‘Homecoming’ and ‘Too Dumb to Die’, but neither was performed. Like Oakland Arena, they have an early curfew at ~11:00, so perhaps there was not enough time before the scheduled fireworks.
Billie Joe (during ‘Letterbomb’): OMG! We’re home! This is family! This is friendship! This is about home… Tonight, every song is about home! The East Bay! The entire Bay Area man!
To further celebrate the homecoming, the band held a Pop-Up Shop at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records in Oakland for 2 days, complete with exclusive merchandise, giveaways, free Oakland Coffee, and appearances by the Drunk Bunny and the A’s Mascot, Stomper. Upon opening, there was a ~30-fan long line out the door. The first 250 Idiot Nation Fan Club members got 2 free tries on the carnival claw machine to win miniature stuffed pink or green drunk bunnies. Only 25 of the green bunnies were made and they were all in the machine. I aimed the claw to try to get one of those, but it didn’t hold on 😛 I bought a pair of posters and they gave me a free Oakland Coffee tote bag, which was nice.
The opener was Catfish and the Bottlemen, who was actually scheduled to perform last year with Green Day at Oakland Arena for Not So Silent Night 2016, but they had to cancel. Many were looking forward to seeing them as well.
Green Day: The Early Years: Ch 4
1. Know Your Enemy (Fan brought on stage to sing)
2. Bang Bang
3. Revolution Radio
6. Boulevard of Broken Dreams
7. Longview (Fan brought on stage to sing)
9. 2000 Light Years Away
10. Hitchin’ a Ride
11. When I Come Around
12. Welcome to Paradise
14. Are We the Waiting
15. St. Jimmy
16. Knowledge (Operation Ivy cover) (Fan brought on stage to play guitar and got to keep the guitar!)
17. Basket Case
19. King for a Day (Sax solo with instrumental snippet of “Careless Whisper” by George Michael)
20. Bump N’ Grind / Shout / Always Look on the Bright Side of Life / (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction / Hey Jude
21. Still Breathing
22. Forever Now
23. American Idiot
24. Jesus of Suburbia
25. 21 Guns (Acoustic)
26. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) (Acoustic)
(NOTE: Yes, GDR 4 is still happening, but that is going to be the first episode in our new full-episode format. Translation: Full Episodes are gonna be WAAAAYYY shorter after this one. This is basically the last episode that will ever go over an hour.)