Green Day smashes ears, chest, and inner cognition in an evening of endless glory.
Look let’s forget the fact that Green Day contributed to me playing guitar and writing songs. Or we can not forget that. Look I love this band, just deal with it. Having had the luck of seeing them in October at the Boston House of Blues, I was speechless when I was given the chance to see them again on St. Patrick’s Day for press coverage.
When the press were let in front of the stage, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” was playing loudly over the speakers. Of course I was singing along with the rest of the audience. And did I give a shit about the weird looks the security guards and other photographers gave me? I seriously don’t understand how anyone wasn’t singing along. I mean it’s Queen! Then “Blitzkrieg Bop” came on, and with that…a pink bunny. I was already pumped when singing Queen, but a grown human in a pink bunny costume will forever be the greatest way to pump up an audience for a show. And it did. As the lights went down and Green Day took the stage, the entire audience exploded in roars. Billie Joe put his arms out as far as he could, basically trying to give the entire audience a hug. Then Tré began the drum intro to “Know Your Enemy” and then I lost my train of thought.
You know it’s hard enough to take photos of musicians as they’re constantly running around the stage, but trying to take photos while also singing along and jumping enthusiastically, it became quite the task. But I wasn’t going to not sing along. Green Day may have been around for 30 years, but they’re playing with the same level of energy and enjoyment of a band that just got their big break. There are very few bands that know showmanship the way Green Day does. A lot of bands just go on stage, play their songs, then leave. There’s barely any interaction with the audience. I’M LOOKING AT YOU ARCTIC MONKEYS. LEARN HOW TO ACTUALLY PERFORM. Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool all give the audience their true love. They play their songs with excellence, but they treat the audience as fellow musicians. Everyone is jumping, singing, fist pumping, moshing, crowd-surfing, crying tears of joy, and Green Day acknowledges it and reacts accordingly. They bridge the gap between the stage and the audience as much as possible and makes the show not just theirs, but everyones’.
Green Day’s music is very political and throughout the show, Billie Joe had quite a few monologues about the importance of love, passion, and resistance against oppression and Donald Trumps. I’ve come across a lot of critiques of musicians proclaiming political revolution during their shows, seeing as playing music will change anything, but there’s something they don’t see. To start a change, one begins by meeting hate with love, and bringing people together based on that emotion alone. That’s what Green Day did at Worcester’s DCU Arena on March 17th. And it’s what they’ve done on each night of their tour. And it’s what I remember most walking away from their show. And for that, I thank them eternally.
That night, I had the time of my life. Sorry I couldn’t help myself.