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Green Day @ Valley View Casino Center – 04/08/2017

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Green Day @ Valley View Casino Center - 04/08/2017Green Day played the last date of its US Revolution Radio Tour at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego on Saturday April 8th.  The band seemed thrilled to be back in California at the end of this portion of their touring cycle and the huge sold out San Diego crowd was thrilled to see the band again. Beginning back in March in Phoenix, Arizona the band has recently toured through major cities throughout the US and Canada and will now head to Australia and Europe through July in support of their latest record.

Front man Billie Joe Armstrong was on fire for the band’s entire two hour plus set. Stalking the huge arena stage and charging up and down a long catwalk, the singer/guitarist is a consummate showmen. Knowing exactly how to entertain the huge crowd Armstrong’s sing-along’s, call and response, and fan interactions are as always a highlight of any Green Day show. Early in the set a young fan was called up to sing “Know Your Enemy” from 21st Century Breakdown and later a 13 year old guitarist was brought on stage and was gifted a guitar by Armstrong that he played on a cover, “Knowledge” by Operation Ivy.

Green Day @ Valley View Casino Center - 04/08/2017Despite all this love for the fans in the huge crowd, the talented front man did single out several folks in the front row and scolded them for being typically glued to cell phone screens, filming the band instead of actually paying attention to the music. Clearly affected by the political environment in the US over the past few months the passionate singer let his feelings be known throughout the set, calling for liberals and conservatives to try and understand each other, but also drawing the loudest cheers as he screamed “F*ck Donald Trump” to a roar from the audience.

Green Day’s band has grown beyond their three core members. Besides Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool, the group’s live sound is rounded out by touring guitarists Jason White and Jeff Matike, and keyboard/sax wizard Jason Freese. The whole group sounded incredibly tight and the 2.5 hour long set list was a perfect track by track of the band’s greatest hits and several new cuts from 2016’s Revolution Radio.  Highlights included favorites like “Holiday,” “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “When I Come Around,” “Basket Case,” and closer “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).”  New single “Still Breathing” drew a huge singalong from the entire arena.

A Green Day show is nothing short a magical experience. The band is easily one of the best live acts touring and they know how to command an audience of any size. From the amazing musical performances to the pyro and lighting and even to the way Armstrong name checked a local performance at the Che Cafe in 1992, the band thrilled the San Diego crowd.  As a bonus Green Day has already announced more dates in the US. Beginning in August they’ll be back to San Diego at the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista on Wednesday September 13. A concert that will undoubtedly draw another massive San Diego crowd ready for more from this classic band.

Set List:

Know Your Enemy | Bang Bang | Revolution Radio| Holiday | Letterbomb |Boulevard of Broken Dreams | Longview | Youngblood | 2000 Light Years Away | Hitchin’ a Ride | When I Come Around |Waiting | Burnout | Are We the Waiting| St. Jimmy | Minority |Knowledge Operation Ivy cover) |Basket Case | She | King for a Day| Shout / Always Look on the Bright Side of Life / (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction / Careless Whisper/ Hey Jude | Still Breathing | Forever Now

Encore: American Idiot | Jesus of Suburbia | Ordinary World| Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

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