It seemed the stars and moon were perfectly aligned for punk rock’s most endearing outfit Green Day to treat an enthusiastic Singapore audience to the time of their lives.
While we will never know who was really behind that bunny suit, we do know that it was the start of a fantastically unpredictable and frankly brilliant rock concert by punk rock veterans Green Day in Singapore last Thursday night.
“STAND UP!” was the first order frontman Billie Joe Armstrong barked out when he came on stage. And immediately everyone in the seated areas obeyed. After all, when Armstrong tells you to do something, you just do it.
And just as soon as the intro to set opener 21st Century Breakdown rang out, everything else was forgotten, including the rather tame opening act Prima Donna (the five-piece band from the United States tried their best, but when you’re opening for a band as big as Green Day, it sure is going to be a losing battle to win the crowd).
Even from that very first song, the unpredictability was there, with Armstrong stopping mid-song so the security guards could fix the mosh pit barricades. Other random and mad things he did – grabbing members of the audience and hauling them up on stage to sing and crowd-surf (one lucky fellow even got to sing the whole of Longview by himself); leading impromptu sing-alongs of Love Me Tender, Hey Jude, Highway to Hell and er ... Pink’s Get The Party Started (“Hey, I LIKE Pink!” shouted Armstrong in response to the crowd’s booing); and most infamously of all, mooning the audience (final proof that this is one band that will NEVER be able to perform in Malaysia).
[Full review at The Star Online]