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    Green Day Delivers Sprawling 2.5-Hour Set at U.S. Tour Closer: Concert Review
    April 20, 2013

    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

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on April 20, 2013

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

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MissFortune13's picture

I was hoping to post pictures of the barricades & pit last night at Turbo Negro to compare & contrast all ages shows versus 21 & over shows with seriously drunk, high & wasted people to show that a real pit is safer with fucked up people then at all ages shows.
If you can't be civil towards your fellow humans (18 & below) Don't go to the shows. And if you can not have fun & behave stay home. Shit my 6 yer/old dtr has been ministry , revolting cocks , dwarves safer @ the murder city devils , the dead Kennedys , bad religion , turbo negro , NOFX , the real McKenzie's & drop kick murphys & more. Those KIDS & that's exactly what they are were out to kick, pull, punch & fight. This was the worst Green Day show I have ever been to & those kids ruined it.. key point have fun safely & with respect for your fellow humans or stay the fuck home!

jasenia renee hernandez's picture

i luv you guys i wish i had a cd

 

Zephne's picture

MissFortune: I appreciate your sentiment, IF this were a concert that a six year old should attend - but unfortunately, it is not. Why are you exposing such a little girl to something that is meant for tweens or above at least? Billie Joe was one year younger than your daughter when he recorded 'Look for Love'...and while he frequented Gilman Street at probably 14 yrs old, I'm fairly certain that his parents (and most parents today) would not find a (albeit great) band like Green Day and their concerts, appropriate at 6.

It's one thing to be offended as an adult by the tweens and teens behavior and lack of 'true-punk' behavior, dress and attitude....and, I actually welcome your opinion on that. But please, PLEASE dont vilify a bunch of people moshing, yelling, screaming, bumping, spilling and acting crazy at what should be a rock concert...it's not a Yanni, Disney on Ice or Sesame Street show.  You'd be disappointed if it were.

MissFortune13's picture

They weren't moshing they were pulling kicking hitting punching & fighting those kids & tweens should have stayed at home for their inability to have fun then cause mayhem. I spoke with the band & they were disappointed in their so called fans who ruined it for many people & they are considering doing 21 & over small club shows to prevent what happed that night.

MissFortune13's picture

Since conception my dtr has grown up in the music industry mainly hard core & punk. She has serious respect & appreciation 4 music & artists.Honestly Green Day is not for teens as most of their lyrics refer to S&M B&D Drugs Getting wasted & having sex. Their name is about getting wasted. If 99.9% of those children's parents knew what Green Day meant & read their lyrics they wouldn't let their kids see a show let alone buy them a CD.
My point is this: in a mosh pit there is a circle 4 running around & getting your angst out. This was not the case Thursday. Kids were trampling people & harming others on purpose. This I have a problem with. My dtr was safely on stage watching the band with her own security guard & proper hearing protection. I will never let any harm come to my child. It was violent as kids rushed the barricade punching kicking hitting everyone in their path.
After I got rescued from the fighting. I had 2 save 2 peoples lives because the facility cared more about saving $ than safety. One person unconscious and seizing the other unconscious. My dtr helped hold one in the rescue position so they wouldn't aspirate vomit into their lungs. I had to call 911 as no paramedics were present. Disgusting.
My dtr can't wait for her next full event of shows: Iggy Pop & the Stooges Dead Kennedy's NoFx & more. Luckily for us we are VIP 4 this festival & there won't be any tolerance 4 A Holes ;-). In closing singing making a circle; yelling is all good

alejandra_5678's picture

This was my first time seeing Green Day, hopefully not the last, it was blast, mind blowing, dream come true, recorded my fav songs, just wish my phone hadn't died I would've recordwed Brutal Love. I can't wait for their next tour in L.A. and hopefully get VIP tickets :)

Occlos's picture

Great show my family and I had a good time......I took my 9yr it was his second show and he went nuts........for the record kids have no business in the pit that's for all to go crazy and even though I agree with the BS hot topic generation next time buy seats for your child, I did.....there are no rules in rock n roll its more like guide lines don't expect punk ass kids that haven't reached puberty to respect.....

MissFortune13's picture

She had a great time she was on stage.

to_beheld33's picture

I  have no idea why a 6 year old kid is in the pit to begin with O_o anyway, I enjoyed the show tremendously.For 1/2 a second I was surprised that they didn't play When I Come Around or Hitchin a Ride, but who cares!!!  Green Day played 2 1/2 hours!!! Their pomona show was unforgettable and this one was as well! They've been together for over 20 years but I don't think they're phased by their success at all. They look like they love their music just as much as when it was 1st released, and they seem very humbled to be in the position that they rightfully earned. Green Day just need to play a festival in CA!! :D

MissFortune13's picture

She has been going to shows since conception & was born into the music industry mainly hard core & punk. She wears ear protection & was on stage @ Green Day with her own security guard. I was trampled against the steel.

AmandaCrosswhite's picture

Best night of my entire life!! <3 Loved every second : ) Green Day Green Day Green Day!!!!

MissFortune13's picture

I had the misfortune of being @ the LA show with my 6 year old daughter (who is way more punk than any of you) Green Day was tight & rocked a perfect show. It was the so called *fans* that sucked seriously the majority of *fans* were pre-teens, youths & teenagers who have no conception of what it is & means to be punk. It's not the *punk uniform* your mom bought you @ hot topic the tattoos & body piercings your parents signed the waver for. It is a culture a way of life that doesn't include: kicking stomping shoving smashing & seriously harming people. I have been going to shows since the 80's & Green Day fans are not these subhumans that were @ Thursdays show. It seriously sickens me that all 90%+ of you A-holes were @ the show. To be *punk* is to have a moral compass & compassion for your fellow humans, to stand up for your beliefs, fight for what's right & destroy what's wrong with society as a whole. It's fantastic Green Day has gotten all the accolades they deserve, it's a shame it comes with the variable plethora of ignorant kids. Forget know your enemy, Know your history, know your fellow man, know that your imbecilic behaviors are wrong & that none of you are *punk* If you want to trample people to death & ruthlessly hit mame & destroy humanity go join a culture of hate & discrimination. Don't think you're something you're not. Real punks respect their fellow humans & when they fall in a pit they are picked up by fellow punks. We look out for each other & protect our culture. Not destroy it like everything that went wrong Thursday Night 4/18/13 in Smell A. Just because you heard a song on KROQ bought a C/D had your mommy buy your *uniform* @ Insta Punk (hot topic) & signed permission slips for your tattoos & piercings doesn't give you the right to your so called punk rock membership card. It just makes you another sheep following the herd. So STOP being A-holes @ shows & ruining them for the real fans. And most of all know our history don't destroy it & us

greendayrocks04's picture

i was at that concert it was the best night of my life and yes the cover band that played for half an hour was awful off key the whole time the DJ played queen music after the cover band was done and that got everyone more pumped then then the cover band you could hear the whole stadium singing it was great and that was my first concert so awsome P.S. love the green hair TRE and MIKE looks better with short hair