Here's good news for Green Day fans: judging from the band's sprawling two-and-half-hour set Thursday at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong seems to have slayed his demons -- or at least figured out how harness them to drive marathon-like performances.
The core trio of Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt (pictured below) and drummer Tre Cool were assisted at times by three additional musicians on guitars, keyboards and backing vocals throughout the career-spanning set. Throughout the set, new material such as the old-time rock 'n' roll-flavored "Oh Love" and the set-closing "Brutal Love" held up well against the band's classics like "Welcome to Paradise" and "Longview."
Yet Green Day showed that they've transcended their initial influences to create a body of work that will likely be considered classic rock in the future, if it isn't already. The band's 1996 song "Brain Stew" didn't sound out of place when it followed the AC/DC and Led Zep classics. And, the songs from their 2004 multi-platinum album American Idiot, including the mid-set performance of "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and the encore double-shot of the title track and "Jesus of Suburbia," were nothing less than stunning.
With frequent split-legged leaps off the monitors, Armstrong was in non-stop motion through much of the set, save for the few times he collapsed on his back to ratchet-up the drama. He left the more intricate guitar work, most notably the solo on "Holiday," to long-time touring member Jason White. But, overall the band was tight instrumentally and Armstrong was strong in voice, with the exception of the purposely sloppy cover medley.
Full review at Hollywood Reporter: HERE