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Concert post: the short summary is "EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! *flail* EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!" - the details, including the setlist, are cut for those who don't care. :)


Everybody, including me, had a fairly good idea that I was never going to have a miserable time at this gig. I saw Green Day last time they were in Melbourne (in 2005, wtf?), and they put on a killer show. Not to mention that I am inevitably biased in this band's favour, and am somewhat addicted to their music.

Even taking all of this into account, last night was seriously amazingly good. Unf. It was a 2 hour and 40 minute set, with no intermission, or break of any kind; it was solid energy the whole way through. Those guys know each other *really* well, and it comes through loud and clear.

[livejournal.com profile] elleuba, [livejournal.com profile] therathasspoken, [livejournal.com profile] dzurlady, [livejournal.com profile] heffiethedragon and her brother and I all met in the city for a quick dinner, then trammed it to Rod Laver Arena, playing a game of "follow the Green Day t-shirts" the whole time. We got our merch shopping done promptly upon arrival, as the support act was Jet, and I for one consider them entirely missable, and in 2005 we were not quick enough and everything sold out before we got there. Between the 6 of us, we spent approximately $1200 on last night, including the tickets. :-O

We admired our purchases then found our seats, and waited all of approximately 5 minutes before the band arrived on stage. (High fives to us!) Green Day opened with several songs from 21st Century Breakdown, which is unsurprising given the current tour. What was more surprising was the number of old-school songs they played. They topped and tailed the show with 21st songs, and that was about it. I was stupidly, ridiculously pleased that they played 'King For A Day', you guys. And the saxophonist? HOLY SHIT. Talk about breath control! He was really, really, *really* good.

Setlist
Song of the Century
21st Century Breakdown
Know Your Enemy
East Jesus Nowhere
Holiday
Static Age
Give Me Novacaine
Are We the Waiting
St. Jimmy
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Dominated Love Slave
Iron Man (Black Sabbath cover) - Stairway To Heaven (Led Zeppelin cover) - Master Of Puppets (Metallica cover) - Highway to Hell (AC/DC cover)
2000 Light Years Away
Welcome To Paradise
When I Come Around
Hitchin' a Ride
Brain Stew
Jaded
She
Longview
Basket Case
King For A Day
Shout (Johnny O'Keefe cover) - Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones cover) - Stand By Me (Ben E. King cover) - Hey Jude (The Beatles cover) - back to Shout
21 Guns
Minority

Encore:
American Idiot
Jesus Of Suburbia

Encore 2:
Last Night on Earth
Wake Me Up When September Ends
Good Riddance

Source: setlist.fm

Random anecdotes, in no particular order.
[livejournal.com profile] therathasspoken can scream at a pitch at least 1.5 tones higher than me, even though she's an alto and I'm a soprano. Good god. Needless to say, we were very loud together. I bashed her up a couple times with my flaily elbows, on account of I am significantly taller than her.

Ummmmmmm. Tre Cool ("The only man I know who's got another man pregnant" - BJA) traded places with Billy Joe for 'Dominated Love Slave'. ♥ Everybody dressed up for 'King for a Day': BJ donned a white feather boa and hat, Jason #1 (spare guitar) had a pirate hat(!), Tre Cool wore a red bra and flower-decorated straw hat, and I can't remember if Mike had anything?... Technically, they slotted Good Riddance into Wake Me Up, rather than playing them consecutively.

Billy Joe messed around with the audience. He first pulled up a 10 year old boy named Nick to do some weird mock-preacher shit ("Have you ever had sex with a woman? No? Good! You're perfect."), got somebody else up for some dancing and a stage dive, then got a girl up to sing the first half of Longview (she crash-tackle-hugged Billy Joe *and* Mike. I flailed and aww'ed), and a guy to do the second half. The girl kicked ass.

The whole band took a nap for the 'Shout' medley. They lay down on the floor - even the sax - and apart from some suggestive movements from BJ, they chilled. ♥

For Encore 1 they bathed the audience in blood red lights. There were various pyrotechnics throughout the set, which unfailingly made me jump. We were in dodgy seats around the side, so we were very close to all the explosions. Hence the jumping.

After the show, [livejournal.com profile] therathasspoken and I took time to gather some tickets from the end of the show (to go with the ones I gathered last time), then we all walked into the city for ice-cream and shenanigans.

All in all, it was fantastic, and I am sorry I cannot be any more coherent in my descriptions. Just, love. Much, much love.
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