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Green Day treats fans to punk rock party in Tulsa for more than two hours

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  • Mar 10
    Green Day treats fans to punk rock party in Tulsa for more than two hours

    Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong let the audience at the BOK Center know what he expected from them early on in the band’s show Tuesday night.

    “Tonight, Oklahoma, we’re going to leave some of the negatives behind,” Armstrong said. “We’re so sick to death of the news talking about sickness and death. Not tonight. We need something physical. We need to sing together.”

    The crowd held up that end of the bargain and what it got in return was a two-and-a-half hour punk-rock party.

    The trio, consisting of Armstrong on lead vocals and guitar, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tre Cool, cranked out nearly 30 songs from its 12 records.

    A second guitarist, a keyboard/accordion/saxophone player and an additional singer/guitarist helped fill out the band’s sound.

    Songs from its latest album, “Revolution Radio,” matched the high energy and tone of the band’s earlier recordings like “Longview,” “She” and “Minority.”

    For a band with punk-rock roots, the guys play the arena rocker role well.

    Armstrong, who seemed to be having a great time as he sauntered across the stage stopping from time to time to shine a goofy grin at the crowd, led the audience in chants during rockers like “Basket Case” and “American Idiot.”

    And the crowd swayed and sang along with slower tunes like “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “Are We the Waiting.”

    During two numbers, audience members were brought on stage to sing along, and during a third, a young woman was invited up to play — and take home — one of Armstrong’s guitars.

    She didn’t get to take his old Fernandes strat, the one his mom got him when he was 10.

    He did play that guitar, holding it up for his mom and aunts who were in the audience.

    “My mother’s from Oklahoma. No wonder I’m crazy,” he said playfully.

    The band’s marathon set came to a close with Armstrong sitting solo with an acoustic guitar for a rendition of the band’s hit “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” a fitting finale for a crowd, and band, that was spent from having such a good time.

    Full review at Tulsa World: HERE

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on March 10, 2017 - 9:28am

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong let the audience at the BOK Center know what he expected from them early on in the band’s show Tuesday night.

“Tonight, Oklahoma, we’re going to leave some of the negatives behind,” Armstrong said. “We’re so sick to death of the news talking about sickness and death. Not tonight. We need something physical. We need to sing together.”

The crowd held up that end of the bargain and what it got in return was a two-and-a-half hour punk-rock party.

The trio, consisting of Armstrong on lead vocals and guitar, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tre Cool, cranked out nearly 30 songs from its 12 records.

A second guitarist, a keyboard/accordion/saxophone player and an additional singer/guitarist helped fill out the band’s sound.

Songs from its latest album, “Revolution Radio,” matched the high energy and tone of the band’s earlier recordings like “Longview,” “She” and “Minority.”

For a band with punk-rock roots, the guys play the arena rocker role well.

Armstrong, who seemed to be having a great time as he sauntered across the stage stopping from time to time to shine a goofy grin at the crowd, led the audience in chants during rockers like “Basket Case” and “American Idiot.”

And the crowd swayed and sang along with slower tunes like “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “Are We the Waiting.”

During two numbers, audience members were brought on stage to sing along, and during a third, a young woman was invited up to play — and take home — one of Armstrong’s guitars.

She didn’t get to take his old Fernandes strat, the one his mom got him when he was 10.

He did play that guitar, holding it up for his mom and aunts who were in the audience.

“My mother’s from Oklahoma. No wonder I’m crazy,” he said playfully.

The band’s marathon set came to a close with Armstrong sitting solo with an acoustic guitar for a rendition of the band’s hit “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” a fitting finale for a crowd, and band, that was spent from having such a good time.

Full review at Tulsa World: HERE

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