Thursday, November 05, 2009
Green Is Good
So on Saturday, I continued with this year's gig fest and went to see Green Day at the MEN Arena.
I'd say I'm a relatively recent fan of theirs, only really got into them after the release of their American Idiot album in 2004, although I do have some of their older stuff on my ipod.
Anyway, whilst I was really looking forward to the gig, I didn't expect to be so entertained! Billy Joe really worked the crowd (although he did swear a lot, which didn't offend me but may have offended the parents of the numerous young children present...should young children be at gigs even???), encouraged lots of audience participation and at one point, chose members of the audience to form a band, ie drummer, bass guitarist and lead guitarist. Then as this new 'band' played, he sang the vocals! At the end of the song, the girl on the drums started doing her own thing and was reminiscent of Animal off the Muppet Show! The girl on lead guitar suddenly realised where she was and ran around hugging all three members of Green Day!
They sang some songs from their excellent latest album 21st Century Breakdown and their encore must have lasted over 20 mins, including the epic Jesus of Suburbia and a couple of Billy Joe acoustic renditions!
Anyway, thought it was absolutely brilliant and they have just announced that they will be back in the UK next year for a couple of stadium gigs - think I'll try to get tickets for that too for deffo!