Thursday, July 30, 2009

Dreams Really Do Come True With Green Day

Posted by on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 10:23 AM

So, if you've been to a Green Day show in recent years--or maybe they always did this--then you already know that Billie Jo Awesome brings some unsuspecting kid onstage and lets them play guitar or sometimes it's bass with the rest of the band for a hot minute. I saw them at then-Gaylord for the American Idiot tour back in 2005 (I think that was the year), and they pulled someone onstage then too. And if you're any good, they let you keep the instrument I think.

If someone has seen Green Day pre-blitz then feel free to fill me in on those deets, but if you haven't, and if you're seeing them for the first time tomorrow night, FYI: It's an aggressively upbeat stadium show. BJA practically scales the stage, or at least paces it pretty maniacally the whole time. He insists often (as you'll see in the above clip) that people, you know, "get into it." And for me, that was strangely like attending a pep rally in high school all over again. I really like big stoopid over-the-top performances, but this one didn't really fit with my expectations for a punk band. But then again, Green Day is really a pop-rock band, so I guess therein lies the confusion.

Anyway, clip above: Madison Square Garden, three nights ago. Billie Joe Armstrong makes dream come true of teen girl with a Misfits shirt on, who aptly rules the spontaneous gig.

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