Last night I went and saw Green Day in concert, and wow, that’s all I can say. They put on an absolutely fantastic show.
The set was a really well put together mix of new and old and even though a couple of albums weren’t as well represented as others, I have no complaints. Everything they did play was played well, and every performance had energy to spare. It always helps the experience when it seems like the band is having fun onstage, and if they weren’t last night, they had me fooled.
They also did a lot to get the crowd involved. Call and response, sing alongs, getting people to come up onstage and play their instruments, it was all there. They even let the guy playing the guitar keep it, how cool is that?
So if you get a chance to see them when they come to your town, go, you’ll have a hard time not having fun. Ok, so I saw 1 person not having a good time, but she’s kind of a bitch anyway so who cares? Well actually she was probably dragging the guy she was with down and he’s not that bad of a dude so I guess that could have messed up his night since I know he was stoked to be there.
My Chemical Romance was the opening band and they managed to pack a lot into their 30 or so minute set. They did their best to get the crowd going and for the most part it worked. People seemed to be into them, and even I dug their set though I’m not really a fan. I left with a bit more respect for them and their music than I had going in though so I guess you could say that they did their job.
The most memorable part of their performance for me wasn’t a song, it was something that the lead singer said between songs. He was calling out to the crowd and getting the girls in the different parts of the building to scream. Then he quieted everybody down and said something that for some reason stuck with me.
“Ok, now that I’ve got your attention girls I want to tell you something. You’re probably going to go to a lot of different shows and see a lot of different bands. Some of them may look like us, some of them may look like Motley Crüe, you never know. But a lot of these bands are going to come up to you and tell you the same thing. If you show us your tits, we’ll give you a backstage pass. Here’s what I want you to do. I want you to get right up close to them…and spit right in their fucking faces, because you’re better than that! You’re all better than that!”
I guess the reason that was so memorable to me is that I never thought I’d hear a guy in a band say something like that, and I thought it was kind of cool in a way.
My biggest complaint about their part of the show would have to be the sound. It wasn’t horrible by any means, but I’ve noticed that for some reason concerts in arenas generally have one band that sounds a lot better than the other from an actual audio perspective. I’m not sure why that is, but the opening bands always seem to sound technically worse than the headliners. If anybody knows why that is, let me know because it’s bothered me for years.
Before I get out of here I want to let everybody know that things might be slow around here for a little while. I’m out of town visiting my family for a few days and Carin’s got a lot going on too so updates could be few and far between until at least next Tuesday. I’ll try to get some stuff up here when I can and who knows what Carin will be able to do and hell, maybe Matt will even come back, yeah right. But keep checking back, things will be back to normal real soon.