Live At Barclays Center, New York, USA, April 7, 2013
jaayx, on april 18, 2013 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: The sound that night was absolutely surreal. It was so clear and every instrument pieced together perfectly. The acoustics of the venue were surprisingly good, even though it was huge. The lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, shouted, sang, screamed, and serenaded the crowd with a husky snarl. The bassist, Mike Dirnt, was absolutely phenomenal, playing deep bass lines that were piercing. And of course, Tr Cool, the drummer, was banging away, creating a strong beat that echoed through the stadium. // 9
Perfomance: The energy was radiating literally radiating from the stage. Not one member of the audience was sitting down. Everyone was standing up, screaming along at the top of their lungs, hands waving in the air.
Californian indie surf band Best Coast (get it? Best, West?) opened for Green Day. The applause was only half-hearted despite the fact that they were actually quite good. When the lead singer asked what the crowd wanted to hear, we simultaneously shouted, "Green Day!" Best Coast played for about half an hour. Then the lights came back on as we anxiously waited for Green Day to come on. Suddenly, "Bohemian Rhapsody" came on over the PA. The crowd of 18,000 people started to sing along. It was great, because I felt so unified with them. Then, as "Bohemian Rhapsody" finished, the bunny mascot came onstage, swigging beer and humping the stage. "Blitzkrieg Bop" started playing over the PA, and the crowd shouted "Hey! Oh! Let's go!"
And then Green Day came on stage. At that exact moment, every singer person in the stadium stood up and started cheering.
This was the setlist:
01. "99 Revolutions" - Since this was the "99 Revolutions" tour, Green Day opened every show with this song. Billie said once about this song that he considered it one of the best songs he'd ever written. I beg to differ, but it did warm up the crowd.
02. "Know Your Enemy" - The drum into to this song is quite distinct, and everyone started screaming once they heard it. Believe it or not, the guitar sound was actually clearer than on the CD. Billie called up a little boy to sing it with him. The little boy, hauled onstage by security, ran up and hugged Billie, with the cutest look on his face as if he might cry. The little boy sang with almost as much confidence and vigor as Armstrong himself.
03. "Stay The Night" - Sometimes all it takes to get a crowd crazy is a catchy chorus. This was a crowd favorite, I could hear every single person singing.
04. "Stop When The Red Lights Flash" - I think this song was not as bursting as it sounded on the CD; despite the fact that this is one of my favorite songs off "Dos!", it just didn't have the same energy. Maybe because it didn't have as familiar a sound to most of the audience members.
05. "Letterbomb" - The first politically charged song they played that night, this was another favorite. Armstrong, recently just out of rehab, added his own modern touch to a decade old song. In the middle of "Letterbomb", he said, "Life ain't f--king pretty. I can testify to that shit. But sometimes, it's beautiful."
06. "Oh Love" - The entire first verse was sang solely by the audience. This had such a nice Vintage feel to it.
07. "Holiday" - This was the anthem of the night. The crowd chanted, "Amen!", "Sieg hiel!", and every other vigorous phrase.
08. "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" - one of the slower songs that night.
09. "Welcome To Paradise" - Before playing this song, Billie said to the crowd, "I don't care if you don't; I don't mind if you don't. What song do you want to hear now?" Everyone in the audience was shouting titles of different songs. Someone behind me even shouted a request to hear "Thriller".
10. "Knowledge" (Operation Ivy cover) - The frontman called a girl up from the audience to play guitar for him. She did a great job, and ended up getting Billie's guitar!
11. "When I Come Around" - One of the most famous Green Day songs of all time. Billie asked the crowd to sing with him (like he needed to ask).
12. "Going To Pasalacqua" - This was the only song most people can hope to hear live from "39/Smooth", Green Day's first album. This made "old" Green Day fans really happy, and it was really intriguing to hear a now middle-aged Billie Joe Armstrong sing a song he wrote when he was 16 about teenage infatuation.
13. "Brain Stew" ("Highway To Hell" Intro) - It was certainly interesting to hear Green Day perform a metal song, but I enjoyed it very much. I wonder why the band chose to put the two songs together.
14. "St. Jimmy" - This is a really fast paced song, which matched the energy of the crowd.
15. "Longview" - For those of you who aren't familiar with this song, there is a line about masturbation in this song that's absolutely legendary. The lead singer called up a girl to sing it, who turned the punk song into a funky rap-metal song. No wonder he looked to amused.
16. "Basket Case" - Going along with "Longview"'s theme of a blast into the past. It was truly inspiring to see and hear the band perform just as they had done 20 years ago.
17. "She" - Some may call this song too feminist for a "punk" band. To be honest, this made me think about why people question the "punkness" of Green Day. My thoughts on this is that Green Day started out as a punk band, but as they grew older their music became the type of rock that is more acceptable to a wider audience, still with a message that says, "f--k authority!"
18. "King For A Day" - Billie Joe put on a cape and a crown to sing this song, and strutted across the stage to sing this song about questioning one's sexuality.
19. "Shout" / "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" / "Hey Jude" - Shout is a classic cover that Green Day does. One of the funniest moments was when the drummer, known for his odd sense of humor, took the spotlight as Billie went on drums. Tr Cool, wearing a floppy pink hat, sang "Shout", kicking his legs up unusually high for a middle-aged man. The Rolling Stones cover was very short - Billie just sang "I can't get no satisfaction" twice before making his way through "Hey Jude".
20. "X-Kid" - This song was filled with so much meaning. It's about one of Billie's friends who committed suicide. It was also perfect for the situation, because Armstrong's freshly out of rehab. I'm glad he avoided getting worse, because songs like this inspire everyone.
21. "Minority" - an outright cry of rebellion. Before Billie had a chance to sing, the crowd was chanting the words, and so he just let the audience sing the song for him.
22. "American Idiot" - The crowd was really surprised and excited that Green Day came back on. This was a classic Green Day anthem.
23. "Jesus Of Suburbia" - Absolutely irresistible. Tr's drums were especially distinct in the 9 minute long track. I'm glad they played it; I doubt I would have left that night without hearing it.
24. "Brutal Love" - This is one of the most beautiful songs from the trilogy. It's soft, heartfelt, and I could hear the pain in Billie's voice as he sang it. There was a point in the song when all the lights went out, and the instrumental stopped, and it was just Billie, singing acapella, his voice echoing around the stadium. // 8
Overall Impression: This show was at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, US. The tickets were $52, which was a good price. I would've paid double and still would've been satisfied with the show.
I loved how the band didn't just get up onstage and play the songs. They interacted with the crowd, almost competing for who had the most energy: three guys, or a crowd of 18,000 people. Billie sprayed the crowd with water, shot T shirts deep into the crowd, used a toilet paper gun, and put on all the accessories thrown at him, including a pink wig and a feather boa.
Speaking of age, Sunday night was a look into the band's past while heartily celebrating the present. Several times that night, Billie shouted, "This is a f--king celebration!" He begged the crowd to forget about work and school, and just have fun for a couple hours before the week began again.
One thing about the concert was that I felt it was too rehearsed. During the "99 Revolutions" tour, the set list every night was basically the same, with small variations. Green Day also could have opened with a better song; "99 Revolutions" is a decent song, but more or less forgettable. I also wished that the band played more songs from "old" Green Day. It would have been great to hear songs from "Kerplunk".
All in all, this was an unforgettable experience. The price of the tickets was great, the venue was designed so that it was easy to see the band from any angle, and the energy was overwhelming. I loved how involved the audience was, and I recommend everyone go see this amazing band at least once.