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  • May 14
    Green Day kicks off weekend of punk rock with a high-energy performance in Auckland

    American punk rock band Green Day took to the Auckland's Spark Arena stage, for the first of two New Zealand performances.

     

    REVIEW: It was stage diving, punk rock and "eff you Donald Trump" at American trio Green Day's opening Auckland concert on Saturday.

    After three decades of performing, neither the group's anarchist spirit, nor its members' eyeliner, had faded.

    Fans of all ages swarmed to Spark Arena, showing the long-standing love affair for the group -  and they didn't disappoint.

    "I have no faith in politics but I have faith in love, the human heart," frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told the crowd.

    "For the moment, I picked up a guitar at 8 years old, I believed rock 'n' roll music could change the world."

    The concert started with a bang, literally, as balls of fire shot from behind the stage. The high-energy pace, of the now mid-40s trio, didn't waver.

    The newly released single, Big Bang and Revolution Radio, was one of the first on the setlist, before American Idiot's Holiday.

    Green Day's energetic, full of life performance, engaged every member of the packed stadium.

    In the middle of the third song, Armstrong asked for the lights to be turned down. 

    "No racism, no sexism, no homophobia, no Donald Trump!" he screamed.

    For more than two hours, the veteran rockers sang a selection of songs that weaved in and out of the decades.  

    In keeping with Green Day's "jamming-with-a-fan" tradition, Armstrong pulled three fans onstage during the concert.

    He even gave his guitar to one – a girl named Sarah.

    In the middle of Dookie's Longview, Armstrong invited a member of the audience on stage.

    After the fan had paraded around the stage singing the chorus with the band, he took a running leap off centre stage, and dived into the arms of the mosh pit.

    At that moment, every single 90s punk rock dream had come true for all.

    Armstrong dedicated Boulevard of Broken Dreams to "all the weirdos out there".

    "There are a lot of us," he said affectionately.

    Finally, after two-and-a-half hours, the crowd was treated to a solo, acoustic performance by Armstrong, singing Time of your Life as torches on the audience's phones sparkled like stars.

    A final tornado of confetti brought the curtain down.

    "See you all tomorrow night," Armstrong said.

    The Green Day: Revolution Radio tour continues at Spark Arena on Sunday night.

    Full review at Stuff: HERE

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on May 14, 2017 - 1:34am

American punk rock band Green Day took to the Auckland's Spark Arena stage, for the first of two New Zealand performances.

 

REVIEW: It was stage diving, punk rock and "eff you Donald Trump" at American trio Green Day's opening Auckland concert on Saturday.

After three decades of performing, neither the group's anarchist spirit, nor its members' eyeliner, had faded.

Fans of all ages swarmed to Spark Arena, showing the long-standing love affair for the group -  and they didn't disappoint.

"I have no faith in politics but I have faith in love, the human heart," frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told the crowd.

"For the moment, I picked up a guitar at 8 years old, I believed rock 'n' roll music could change the world."

The concert started with a bang, literally, as balls of fire shot from behind the stage. The high-energy pace, of the now mid-40s trio, didn't waver.

The newly released single, Big Bang and Revolution Radio, was one of the first on the setlist, before American Idiot's Holiday.

Green Day's energetic, full of life performance, engaged every member of the packed stadium.

In the middle of the third song, Armstrong asked for the lights to be turned down. 

"No racism, no sexism, no homophobia, no Donald Trump!" he screamed.

For more than two hours, the veteran rockers sang a selection of songs that weaved in and out of the decades.  

In keeping with Green Day's "jamming-with-a-fan" tradition, Armstrong pulled three fans onstage during the concert.

He even gave his guitar to one – a girl named Sarah.

In the middle of Dookie's Longview, Armstrong invited a member of the audience on stage.

After the fan had paraded around the stage singing the chorus with the band, he took a running leap off centre stage, and dived into the arms of the mosh pit.

At that moment, every single 90s punk rock dream had come true for all.

Armstrong dedicated Boulevard of Broken Dreams to "all the weirdos out there".

"There are a lot of us," he said affectionately.

Finally, after two-and-a-half hours, the crowd was treated to a solo, acoustic performance by Armstrong, singing Time of your Life as torches on the audience's phones sparkled like stars.

A final tornado of confetti brought the curtain down.

"See you all tomorrow night," Armstrong said.

The Green Day: Revolution Radio tour continues at Spark Arena on Sunday night.

Full review at Stuff: HERE

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