On April 7, I attended Green Day’s concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV and it was definitely a night to remember. The band kicked off their set with “Know Your Enemy” complete with guest vocals from a fan in the audience. Then they started a “revolution” by sliding into “Bang Bang” and the title track of their latest album “Revolution Radio.” These three songs set the perfect tone for the rest of the night to come.
Billie Joe Armstrong’s vocals were amazing, and his stage banter took the show to an even higher level. He made it clear that he wanted the crowd to live in the moment and try to escape these troubled times we currently live in, but at the same time he was able to include some political statements such as “no racism, no sexism and no homophobia” as well as “fuck you Donald Trump,” which were all well received by the crowd. It is important to note that politics were not the theme of the night though, because as Armstrong said the show was truly about “unity.” He conveyed this by expressing the importance of people coming together, and by actively trying to make the audience part of the performance by having them do things like chanting “hey-oh,” clapping, and even having a few of them join the band onstage, like the previously mentioned fan, and two more including one who killed the vocals on “Longview,” and one who played a guitar (which they got to keep) on a cover of Operation Ivy’s “Knowledge.”
Aside from this, the band’s musicianship was absolutely impeccable. Everything from Tré Cool’s masterful drum skills, to Mike Dirnt’s groovy bass lines, to even Jason Freese’s awesome saxophone, playing made for a solid sound unmatched by many other live acts. This was clearly seen throughout every song in the setlist, which was mostly weighted with “American Idiot” and “Revolution Radio” tracks with some songs from the band’s other efforts like “Dookie,” “Nimrod,” “Warning,” etc. thrown in. Highlights from the concert included the title track to “American Idiot,” “Basket Case,” “Holiday,” “Jesus of Suburbia,” “Minority,” a medley featuring various covers (“Shout,” “Always Look On The Bright Side of Life,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” and “Hey Jude”), Still Breathing,” and their closing track “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).” All in all, it was a great show.