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Concert review: Green Day rock Perth Arena

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  • May 04
    Concert review: Green Day rock Perth Arena

    "THIS is not a f***ing tea party, this is a rock n' roll show baby!"

    And with those words, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong did what this reviewer has never witnessed at Perth Arena, he had the entire crowd on their feet.

    I don't just mean standing for the first song, as seems to be tradition in the arena's seated sections, but throughout the entire show, which was at times hilarious and political, but always entertaining.

    After a couple of awkward "stand up, sit down, look around and stand up again" moments, the audience decided to sacrifice comfort for engagement, which was testament to Green Day's hit-packed set and Billie Joe's charisma.

    The 45-year-old American's next victory was to do what I thought was impossible: convince West Australians to detach themselves from their smartphones.

    "Are you filming with your home video camera?" he asked devoted fans in the front.

    "If you are looking at me through your camera then you are not looking at me. We don't need this technology bulls**t."

    There were indoor flames and fireworks, water jets, a Billie Joe-triggered T-shirt launcher and a couple of brave members of the audience who, after being invited on stage, did their best Superman impression by taking flying leaps head-first back into the mosh pit.

    Clearly no-one told Green Day about WA's Nanny State reputation.

    In fact, Billie-Joe had nothing but praise for Aussies at the opening gig of their tour in support of new album, Revolution Radio, declaring us a nation of great singers and with "no f***ing Donald Trump" as he drapped himself in an Aussie flag during Holiday.

    "We've been coming here since 1996," he reminded us in a set list that spanned all the way back to 91' for the "really old school fans".

    "Tonight is about unity, finding some happiness and doing it together. No more of this bulls**t news we have to see on the screen every single day. Tonight, this is our house," he said, suggesting we all need "some love and compassion for once in our f***ed up lives".

    There was no shortage of happiness sprinkled throughout the set, with plenty of "woah" sing-a-longs and a Shout/Satisfaction/Hey Jude mash-up, as well as pretty much everything you'd expect from a "Green Day Essentials" play list you'd find on Apple Music.

    There was the teen angst and sexual frustration from 1994's Dookie, radio-friendly hits from 1997's Nimrod and, best of all, the operatic epics of American Idiot.

    Probably the only ingredient missing was Brain Stew from Insomniac, the first "cool" album I bought as a 13-year-old.

    Twenty-two years on and Green Day are undoubtedly a more polished and less archaic outfit, but they displayed no signs of slowing down, even this week being photographed at Crank Recording in Northbridge.

    Full review at Perth Now: HERE

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on May 4, 2017 - 9:54am

"THIS is not a f***ing tea party, this is a rock n' roll show baby!"

And with those words, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong did what this reviewer has never witnessed at Perth Arena, he had the entire crowd on their feet.

I don't just mean standing for the first song, as seems to be tradition in the arena's seated sections, but throughout the entire show, which was at times hilarious and political, but always entertaining.

After a couple of awkward "stand up, sit down, look around and stand up again" moments, the audience decided to sacrifice comfort for engagement, which was testament to Green Day's hit-packed set and Billie Joe's charisma.

The 45-year-old American's next victory was to do what I thought was impossible: convince West Australians to detach themselves from their smartphones.

"Are you filming with your home video camera?" he asked devoted fans in the front.

"If you are looking at me through your camera then you are not looking at me. We don't need this technology bulls**t."

There were indoor flames and fireworks, water jets, a Billie Joe-triggered T-shirt launcher and a couple of brave members of the audience who, after being invited on stage, did their best Superman impression by taking flying leaps head-first back into the mosh pit.

Clearly no-one told Green Day about WA's Nanny State reputation.

In fact, Billie-Joe had nothing but praise for Aussies at the opening gig of their tour in support of new album, Revolution Radio, declaring us a nation of great singers and with "no f***ing Donald Trump" as he drapped himself in an Aussie flag during Holiday.

"We've been coming here since 1996," he reminded us in a set list that spanned all the way back to 91' for the "really old school fans".

"Tonight is about unity, finding some happiness and doing it together. No more of this bulls**t news we have to see on the screen every single day. Tonight, this is our house," he said, suggesting we all need "some love and compassion for once in our f***ed up lives".

There was no shortage of happiness sprinkled throughout the set, with plenty of "woah" sing-a-longs and a Shout/Satisfaction/Hey Jude mash-up, as well as pretty much everything you'd expect from a "Green Day Essentials" play list you'd find on Apple Music.

There was the teen angst and sexual frustration from 1994's Dookie, radio-friendly hits from 1997's Nimrod and, best of all, the operatic epics of American Idiot.

Probably the only ingredient missing was Brain Stew from Insomniac, the first "cool" album I bought as a 13-year-old.

Twenty-two years on and Green Day are undoubtedly a more polished and less archaic outfit, but they displayed no signs of slowing down, even this week being photographed at Crank Recording in Northbridge.

Full review at Perth Now: HERE

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