USA (San Francisco), September 24, 2005
greendayishott, on october 10, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: Billie Joe Armstrong was great at the concert singing and yelling. He had no problem at all at getting the huge crowd worked up the whole night, screaming and singing along to the songs. Of course the electric guitars, electric bass, and drums were played throughout the concert. During various songs the harmonica, trumpet, accordion, and keyboard were played. The sound was amazing, it could even be heard from the outside of the ball park. It was blasting from the amps, but wasn't deafening. Or at least it wasn't for the people in the seats. // 10
Perfomance: The audience loved Billie Joe running around the stage and yelling during the whole show. Here are the songs:
01. American Idiot - they got right into it as soon as they got on stage, the crowd was really excited. They played it really well, and it seemed much better than on the CD.
02. Jesus Of Suburbia - I have to admit, that even though it was played really well, it seemed just a little jammed up at times since the song is quite long.
03. Holiday - this was great, especially after Jesus of Suburbia it was a bit of a nice change of sound.
04. Are We The Waiting - this was played nicely, it was loud, short, sweet, and to the point.
05. St. Jimmy - they went into this right away, it was played greatly and the crowd was wild for it.
06. Longview - since it was the first old song, everyone was excited for it and sang along.
07. She - it was played nicely, but was easier to hear than the others, probably because less people knew the song.
08. Basket Case - being that it had been a hit, the crowd went wild once they heard the first cord and realized what song it was. Everyone sang along and was jumping around.
09. Brain Stew - since this is a particularly articulate song (or at least to me) the guitars stood out extraordinarily during the chorus and was great.
10. Jaded - this was played and happily sang along to since it was so quick and noisy.
11. Minority - everyone (especially me) was wild for this song, singing and jumping around with Billie Joe.
12. King For A Day - this was particularly funny since Billie Joe got out the crown and robe and a little puppet was featured dancing around on top of one of the lower amps.
13. Shout - Billie Joe and the crowd had fun jumping around and singing to this cover. I thought it was especially good being sung by them since Billie Joe seemed so happy and joyous during the whole concert.
14. Stand By Me - for a lot of this song Billie Joe was on the floor of the stage, looking worn out from King For A Day and Shout. But it was a good little rest for all of us...
15. Knowledge - Billie Jow started the song and mid-way stopped to invite up the fan band. First the drummer was picked, but he got smacked around a little by Tre Cool since he was going a bit beyond the boring old beat he had to hold. The girl bassist seemed hyped-up, and of course there was the lucky guitarist. First thing he did once he got on stage was hug Billie Joe, then he even got to kiss him... At the end of the song, the lucky drummer got to do a stage dive, the guitarist got the guitar, and to my surprise, the bassist walked away with nothing...
16. 2000 Light Years Away - I didn't know that this song was going to be played since I hadn't read about it in any of the other reviews. But considering that I had been hearing it for the first time, I thought that it was pretty good.
17. Wake Me Up When September Ends - this nice little ballad was dedicated to those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Everybody got out their lighters and their cell phones and waved them around during the whole song. It was quite nice. They even had the sparks... Then the stage went dark, signaling the encore.
18. Maria - everyone loved this and sang along.
19. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams - everyone was into this and everyone sang along.
20. We Are The Champions - everyone sang along and at one point, I think even Billie Joe was drowned out by his crazed audience.
21. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) - the lighters were brought out once again for this, and even though it was played on electric, it was still pretty awesome.
The crowd loved it when Billie Joe ran around, touching hands and walking out onto the catwalk sort of thing. They went wild when he was all over himself duirng the show and everyone loved the fireworks, sparks, fire shooters, and the decor. // 10
Overall Impression: The concert was played in the US, in my very own San Francisco, CA. It was played in SBC Park which was a great choice for a show like this. They were opened by Flogging Molly and Jimmy Eat World, who both played very well. They didn't seem to get the real attention they deserved though, probably because everyone was too hyped up waiting for Green Day to come out. I loved how Billie Joe controled the whole show and park during the whole night, but I was a bit annoyed that I was too far back to see them clearly without having to watch them on the big screens. The ticket cost about $45 before handling fees, but I think it was definetely worth the money. I'd definetely go again, just to see their performance one more time. The best parts of the show were when someone threw up a t-shirt to Billie Joe from one of his old high schools and when Billie Joe was all over himself and all that. I'm definetely going to see them again this Thursday at Warfield, but this time I'll be right up front. // 10