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    GREEN DAY RETURN TO THE ROAD AT ROLLING STONE
    March 11, 2013

    "How many vintage Green Day fans are out there tonight?" asked singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong last night at the Fox Theater in Pomona, California, midway through the opening show of the band's U.S tour – the band's return from Armstrong's recent rehab. As if to get a closer look, he asked, "Who wants to join us onstage? Come on, let's go!"

    The two-hour concert in the 2,000-capacity theater just outside Los Angeles was the first of four intimate warm-up shows (including a stop at SXSW) before heading out to arenas later this month. Just before their entrance, the Fox PA blasted both Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and the Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop," indicating the band's twin aspirations: classic rock scope with a DIY mentality.


    Many fans were certainly old enough to remember the band's sudden rise from oblivion with 1994's multi-platinum Dookie, but most of the 16 excited audience members who made it up to the stage were far younger, though one guy was big enough to carry Armstrong on his shoulders as the bandleader slashed at his guitar.

    Drummer Tré Cool was the first to bound onto the stage, slamming a hard beat to begin the forceful pop of "99 Revolutions," the first song in an opening half-hour heavy with material from the band's trio of 2012 albums: ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tre!  Armstrong repeatedly shouted, "Let's go fucking crazy!"

    There was a thunderous "Stop When the Red Lights Flash" (from ¡Dos!) and a tough, forlorn "Oh Love," set off with dueling guitar solos. Green Day also ripped through "Stay the Night" (from ¡Uno!), though the band stopped long enough to leave Armstrong one of the night's many moments of a cappella. They paused again for "Let Yourself Go," as the crowd bounced and sang the chorus without him: "Shut your mouth 'cause you're talking too much/ And I don't give a fuck anyway."

    From 2009's 21st Century Breakdown was "Know Your Enemy, during which Armstrong pulled a young boy up from the front rows to sing a couple of lines from the song before being sent (maybe for the first time) airborne into the crowd. The breakdown between artist and fan is something Green Day has perfected over the years; on past tours, Green Day has even pulled young musicians up to riff along with the band.

    Full review at Rolling Stone: HERE
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on March 11, 2013

"How many vintage Green Day fans are out there tonight?" asked singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong last night at the Fox Theater in Pomona, California, midway through the opening show of the band's U.S tour – the band's return from Armstrong's recent rehab. As if to get a closer look, he asked, "Who wants to join us onstage? Come on, let's go!"

The two-hour concert in the 2,000-capacity theater just outside Los Angeles was the first of four intimate warm-up shows (including a stop at SXSW) before heading out to arenas later this month. Just before their entrance, the Fox PA blasted both Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and the Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop," indicating the band's twin aspirations: classic rock scope with a DIY mentality.


Many fans were certainly old enough to remember the band's sudden rise from oblivion with 1994's multi-platinum Dookie, but most of the 16 excited audience members who made it up to the stage were far younger, though one guy was big enough to carry Armstrong on his shoulders as the bandleader slashed at his guitar.

Drummer Tré Cool was the first to bound onto the stage, slamming a hard beat to begin the forceful pop of "99 Revolutions," the first song in an opening half-hour heavy with material from the band's trio of 2012 albums: ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tre!  Armstrong repeatedly shouted, "Let's go fucking crazy!"

There was a thunderous "Stop When the Red Lights Flash" (from ¡Dos!) and a tough, forlorn "Oh Love," set off with dueling guitar solos. Green Day also ripped through "Stay the Night" (from ¡Uno!), though the band stopped long enough to leave Armstrong one of the night's many moments of a cappella. They paused again for "Let Yourself Go," as the crowd bounced and sang the chorus without him: "Shut your mouth 'cause you're talking too much/ And I don't give a fuck anyway."

From 2009's 21st Century Breakdown was "Know Your Enemy, during which Armstrong pulled a young boy up from the front rows to sing a couple of lines from the song before being sent (maybe for the first time) airborne into the crowd. The breakdown between artist and fan is something Green Day has perfected over the years; on past tours, Green Day has even pulled young musicians up to riff along with the band.

Full review at Rolling Stone: HERE

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✗Nuclear Girl✗'s picture

COME ON, GUYS!! THE 99 REVOLUTIONS HAS JUST STARTED...!!

GavrielM's picture

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!