Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Green Day asked if we wanted to be Saved and we said Yes!!
As I said I would, if anyone cares, I will fill you in on the Green Day concert. In the words of my youngest daughter (about to be 15) it was epic!! I was excited to see Green Day as soon as we ordered the tickets and knew it would be good, but these guys were amazing. They had us in the palm of their hands as soon as the show opened. We had 8th row center floor seats which were great..but we were unaware there was a standing area in front of us which was disappointing but the view was still good and the floor shook and swayed to everyone dancing and jumping. My chest could feel the beat of the music pounding on it and my ears felt like they had cotton in them for two days after the show. Even at my advanced age (lol) I had a great time and was glad I didn't miss it. (not been particularly healthy lately for those new to my site)
I couldn't tell you the songs they sang but they opened with a song from the new cd 21st Century Breakdown. Once they started to sing they never stopped. Billie Joe Armstrong the lead singer has more energy than a 4 year old on sugar. He ran all over the stage and played the guitar like it was the last time he might be allowed to. Tre Cool the drummer must have lost 10 pounds while playing..and Mike Durnt the bass player was excellent on bass and as a back up singer. They did have other members with them to complete the sound for a tour, but I have to admit my eyes stayed on the three main members.
The staging was fun and included pyrotechnics, explosions, sparks and fire. Poor Tre Cool must have jumped every time anything was exploded since it was next to him..Maybe he got used to it, or deaf.
I recognized most of the songs during the almost three hours they played but a few were unfamiliar to me. Not one was new to my 15 year old who sang with gusto the entire time. She was in heaven. I was so thrilled to have been able to give her this dream concert and share it with her. My two daughters and I are concert buddies and I hope it continues for years to come (even when they can pay their way and don't pretend to like me because of my check book, kidding mostly)
One of the things I like about Green Day is, it isn't all about heartbreak and cheating lovers. Their lyrics are political and relevant. I am sure they have a much more liberal leaning than I do but some ideas cross all boundaries.
Tired as I was I managed to stand through most of the show but succumbed to my seat for a few songs. The bouncing and jumping took its toll on my knees.
The concert ended with Billie Joe playing acoustic guitar and singing Good Riddance (Time of My Life).
The show was attended by all age groups and I do wonder how the parents of the little ones felt about the language.. Billie Joe did not censor himself and the volume was definitely on the maximum. My children being older it didn't bother me..besides they have heard all the "words" before.
We had supper at Cheers in Quincy Market and then spent the evening with Green Day... what a great day....that is until I got the fateful call from my husband that the police showed up at my house..