Green Day at the O2 Arena London!
It's been four years since Green Day last played in the UK, but the Californian punk rockers proved tonight that they're still just as politically charged, energised and capable of swaying arena sized audiences as they ever have been.
With their latest album, Revolution Radio, hitting the number one spot on the Billboard 200 Charts, as well as being the bands third album to hit number one, it's hardly a surprise that the show sold out as quickly as it did.
Opening up the evening, were The Interrupters, an American Ska-Punk band from LA. Their charisma and live performance is infectious, fronted by Aimee Interrupter, and comprising of Kevin Bivona on guitar, Justin Bivona on bass, and Jesse Bivona on drums, they're an entertaining and exciting band to watch. Their show is visually striking without being over the top, a vibrant backdrop sets the stage, and the whole band aside from Aimee can be seen wearing a white shirt with braces and black trousers.
The Interrupters performed an eleven song set in total, including tracks such as A Friend Like Me, Take Back The Power and Media Sensation, as well as two covers, Too Much Pressure (Originally by The Selecter) and Sound System, an Operation Ivy cover.
They finished their set with Family, and left the stage to an extremely excited crowd.
Anyone who's been to a Green Day show before, will know the drill before the band come onstage. At five minutes to eight, Bohemian Rhapsody started playing across the arena through the overhead speakers, the sold out venue sang along to the song passionately, word for word. Once the song had ended, Blitzkrieg Bop, by the Ramones followed immediately, accompanied by the drunk bunny stumbling across the stage, hyping up the crowd, and eventually being dragged off to one side.
The roar of the crowd as Green Day appear onstage is incomprehensible, taking a moment to register the sheer quantity of fans filling the arena, they kick off their set with Know Your Enemy, a song from the bands 2009 album 21st Century Breakdown, and accompanied by fireworks from the start, it's an explosive and dynamic way to begin their set.
Green Day are known for bringing fans onstage during this song, and tonight frontman Billie Joe picks an excited girl from near the front of the audience to join them in the song, before sending her crowdsurfing away.
Green Day aren't a band to shy away from politics within their music and live performance, and following on from Know Your Enemy, the band emphasise that tonight is about freedom and unity.
Without hesitation, Green Day launch straight into Bang Bang the lead single from Revolution Radio and an angry, anti-gun culture, punk anthem reminicant of their American Idiot days. The song's accompanied by a dazzling light show, and the entire audience chanting "NO TRUMP, NO KKK, NO FACIST USA!" and sees the black curtain behind them fall to reveal the first backdrop of the night.
Green Day keep up the momentum with Revolution Radio, which sees pyrotechnics light up the arena, Billie Joe is a strong and engaging frontman, he makes full use of the walkway and stage area, filling the O2 with his excitable personality.
The band go on to perform hits from their 2004 Platinum chart album American Idiot, including Holiday, Letterbomb, and Boulevard of Broken Dreams, before performing Longview, during which Green Day pull an ecstatic fan in a Superman hoodie onstage to sing the final verse.
Throughout their set the band buzz through tracks such as Youngblood, 2000 Light Years Away, When I Come Around, Scattered, and Are We The Waiting. Green Day are a band known for performing covers throughout their sets, and when they play Knowledge, an Operation Ivy cover, they pluck a girl from the crowd to sit on the steps in-front of Tre Cool's drum kit, as Billie Joe helps her play the guitar. It's a touching moment no doubt for all in the venue, after which he gifts her one of his own guitars.
Green Day continued their set with slightly older songs including Basket Case, and She, before performing a Beach Boys cover of Do You Wanna Dance. The energy in the room never seems to cease, and throughout the whole set Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool's performances remain on point, while their energy and humour never waiver throughout the set.
King For A Day came next, which saw comedic hats and glasses come out, and Jason Freese play an impressive saxophone solo, before bursting into a cover of Careless Whisper. This was followed by a mashup cover of Shout/Always Look On The Bright Side of Life/Teenage Kicks/I Can't Get No Satisfaction and Hey Jude.
Green Day closed their set with two staple songs from their latest album, Still Breathing, and Forever Now, before returning onstage for one of two encores, consisting of the acclaimed American Idiot and Jesus of Suburbia in the first, and a slightly slower paced encore to end the show, with Ordinary World, from their latest album Revolution Radio, and the timeless yet emotional Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).
The response to Green Day's last UK show of their tour has been monumental, they're a band who don't often tour the country, but when they do leave an impression that lasts a lifetime. Many have said this was a show to top 2013's performance at the Emirates, and with that in mind, Green Day's headlining appearance at British Summer Time in Hyde Park this July is eagerly anticipated.
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Green Day head out on a US Tour in March, check out the dates here!
Review & Photos: Izzie Ruffle.