Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong discussed his mindset during his 2012 cocaine binge in a new Q Magazine interview.
“The thing about someone who’s losing their mind is that they don’t know they’re losing their mind. I thought my life was completely normal. And it wasn’t. I was on drugs! And people aren’t acting rationally when they’re on drugs. So I had to take care of myself. I had to kick that, and I did.”
He also criticized the 2012 trilogy albums, “Those records have absolutely no direction to them. It was about being prolific for the sake of it. So we were just going and going.”
He also said Green Day’s new album Revolution Radio is not an ‘angry’ album, “No. It’s inspired by confusion and just trying to make some sense of where you stand in the world there’s a lot of chaos going on. That’s a big theme through all of Green Day’s history – feeling lost.”
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Billie Joe pulls a fan on stage to play the guitar and then lets him keep it.
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Date: August 11th, 2017
Venue: Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO)
Opening Band(s): Catfish and The Bottlemen
Tour: Revolution Radio Tour
Seat Location: Center Barricade
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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)