This past Tuesday NCAA fans Green Day took the stage as a six piece at San Francisco’s Independent, playing their new Butch Vig-produced album to a capacity hometown crowd. Billy Joe & friends opened with Dookie’s “Welcome to Paradise” then moved into a complete start to finish of 21st Century Breakdown, which they divided into three acts. (They also did oldies like “Longview” and “American Idiot” after they’d finished 21st, of course). Spin, who have a photo of the set list, adopt a tween tone and note:
While the night was clearly OMFG! photo-op-tastic, Armstrong kept the shutterbugs restrained: After inviting concertgoers to give it their best “shot” with their cellphone cameras at the show’s outset, he then asked everyone to “put the fucking things away.”
The person holding this video camera and capturing “Desperate” clearly didn’t listen to the half-pint. Thanks, rebel, now there’s more to argue about than “21st Century Breakdown.”
Tré Cool (ha ha, even after all these years) has very solid hair.
21st Century Breakdown is out 5/15 via Reprise