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Review: Green Day rocks the DCU Center in Worcester

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  • Mar 18
    Review: Green Day rocks the DCU Center in Worcester

    Billie Joe Armstrong believes in the transformative power of rock' n' roll.

    We know this because he informed the sold-out, St. Patrick's Day crowd at the DCU Center in Worcester as he was reeling from the impact of his band Green Day's two-and-a-half hour set, that rock' n' roll can change the world.

    Lying on the stage, swept away in the euphoria of The Isley Brother's "Shout," which the band had somehow turned into the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" and the crowd-fueled chorus of The Beatles' "Hey Jude," Armstrong had found the unity he had been seeking from the outset.

    "This is beautiful, this is what I live for," he said at one point. "Tonight, you are the leaders of the free world."

     

    Like Bruce Springsteen and Bono before him, Armstrong recognizes the power of communal will and the kinetic momentum of a collective spirit.

    Green Day achieved that unity over the course of 25 songs or so, a busman's holiday for the band that just happened to fall on St. Patrick's Day.

    It wasn't easy.

    While there are still remnants of the mosh-pitting, stage-diving, crowd-surfing scene of a generation ago, this is a remarkably different world than it was when Green Day debuted with "Dookie" in 1994.

    "If you're looking at me through a phone you're not looking at me," said Armstrong, as the glow of smartphones refused to yield to the lights coming off the stage. "C'mon, rub up against each other. You know what to do."

    The band opened the show with "Know Your Enemy" the first of many songs written then that may make even more sense now.

    Green Day is touring behind its latest release "Revolution Radio" and offered up a sampling of the new record with songs like the title track, "Bang Bang," "Still Breathing" and "Youngblood."

    There were several young fans who surfed their way to the stage and Armstrong turned over the microphone, the catwalk, and even his guitar to engage the next generation of rock and rollers.

    He dedicated a song to The Interrupters, another California punk band that is in town to open for the Dropkick Murphys' series of local shows.

    While Armstrong was careening around the stage, spraying down the front rows with a water hose and hitting the upper decks with a t-shirt shooter, the pulsating punk sound was anchored by bassist Mile Dirnt and drummer Tre Cool.

    The end of the set was straight chaos, led by the vitriolic "American Idiot" which served as the centerpiece of a lengthy encore. The show closed with Armstrong strumming the acoustic guitar on songs "Ordinary World," and "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)."

    Florida-based punk band Against Me! opened the show with a 40 minute set.

    Full article at Mass Live: HERE

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on March 18, 2017 - 5:33pm

Billie Joe Armstrong believes in the transformative power of rock' n' roll.

We know this because he informed the sold-out, St. Patrick's Day crowd at the DCU Center in Worcester as he was reeling from the impact of his band Green Day's two-and-a-half hour set, that rock' n' roll can change the world.

Lying on the stage, swept away in the euphoria of The Isley Brother's "Shout," which the band had somehow turned into the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" and the crowd-fueled chorus of The Beatles' "Hey Jude," Armstrong had found the unity he had been seeking from the outset.

"This is beautiful, this is what I live for," he said at one point. "Tonight, you are the leaders of the free world."

 

Like Bruce Springsteen and Bono before him, Armstrong recognizes the power of communal will and the kinetic momentum of a collective spirit.

Green Day achieved that unity over the course of 25 songs or so, a busman's holiday for the band that just happened to fall on St. Patrick's Day.

It wasn't easy.

While there are still remnants of the mosh-pitting, stage-diving, crowd-surfing scene of a generation ago, this is a remarkably different world than it was when Green Day debuted with "Dookie" in 1994.

"If you're looking at me through a phone you're not looking at me," said Armstrong, as the glow of smartphones refused to yield to the lights coming off the stage. "C'mon, rub up against each other. You know what to do."

The band opened the show with "Know Your Enemy" the first of many songs written then that may make even more sense now.

Green Day is touring behind its latest release "Revolution Radio" and offered up a sampling of the new record with songs like the title track, "Bang Bang," "Still Breathing" and "Youngblood."

There were several young fans who surfed their way to the stage and Armstrong turned over the microphone, the catwalk, and even his guitar to engage the next generation of rock and rollers.

He dedicated a song to The Interrupters, another California punk band that is in town to open for the Dropkick Murphys' series of local shows.

While Armstrong was careening around the stage, spraying down the front rows with a water hose and hitting the upper decks with a t-shirt shooter, the pulsating punk sound was anchored by bassist Mile Dirnt and drummer Tre Cool.

The end of the set was straight chaos, led by the vitriolic "American Idiot" which served as the centerpiece of a lengthy encore. The show closed with Armstrong strumming the acoustic guitar on songs "Ordinary World," and "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)."

Florida-based punk band Against Me! opened the show with a 40 minute set.

Full article at Mass Live: HERE

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