Green Day kick of their Revolution Radio Tour with a trademark set of hits and political banter

Green Day kicked off their Revolution Radio World Tour on March 1st at Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix, AZ. The American punk-rock band, consisting of band members Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre’ Cool, has had a legendary career spanning nearly 30 years and Revolution Radio is their 12th studio album.

Now in their third decade as a band, the Bay Area trio has mastered their live show and brought out a lot of their usual tactics in Phoenix. From the very first song, “Know Your Enemy,” as a young fan was brought on stage to share vocals with Billie Joe. Later in the set, another fan hopped on stage to sing “Longview”. Another trademark of Green Day’s live show, “King For A Day” followed by rapid-fire covers of “Hey Jude,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Shout” and more came near the end of the night.

Billie Joe took a few moments following “Letterbomb,” the fifth song of the marathon set, to quickly talk politics and more specifically, the importance of equality. He followed the speech with an acoustic-opening to “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” the somber track from 2004’s American Idiot. The messages were especially relevant as Against Me!, another outspoken punk-band who preach equality and are often political, opened the show.

Most long-time fans have probably seen Green Day by now – they’re a household name who have toured internationally a numerous times – but it’s still an exciting and memorable experience. Even when supporting Revolution Radio, the show felt like a greatest hits set. “Bang Bang,” the lead single from the album, is trademark Green Day, especially when the lyrics are adjusted to be a direct response to Donald Trump.

With a long discography and numerous memorable singles, seeing Green Day stays fresh even with repeated antics because of just how deep the band can pull. While you’re almost always going to get classics like “Longview,” “Basket Case” and “She,” you also get songs like Nimrod‘s “Scattered” or new tracks like “Revolution Radio” that you may not have heard live before. This new arena tour is off to a strong, distinctly Green Day start.

If you’ve never seen the band, you should probably check when they’re coming to a city near you. If you’ve seen them before, you probably should too. Dates and tickets are here.

Setlist
Know Your Enemy
Bang Bang
Revolution Radio
Holiday
Letterbomb
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Longview
Youngblood
2000 Light Years Away
Hitchin’ a Ride
When I Come Around
Waiting
Christie Road
Burnout
Scattered
Minority
Are We the Waiting
St. Jimmy
Knowledge (Operation Ivy cover)
Basket Case
She
King for a Day
Shout / Always Look On The Bright Side of Life / (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction / Hey Jude
Still Breathing
Forever Now

Encore:
American Idiot
Jesus of Suburbia
Ordinary World
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

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Green Day kick of their Revolution Radio Tour with a trademark set of hits and political banter

Green Day kicked off their Revolution Radio World Tour on March 1st at Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix, AZ. The American punk-rock band, consisting of band members Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre’ Cool, has had a legendary career spanning nearly 30 years and Revolution Radio is their 12th studio album.

Now in their third decade as a band, the Bay Area trio has mastered their live show and brought out a lot of their usual tactics in Phoenix. From the very first song, “Know Your Enemy,” as a young fan was brought on stage to share vocals with Billie Joe. Later in the set, another fan hopped on stage to sing “Longview”. Another trademark of Green Day’s live show, “King For A Day” followed by rapid-fire covers of “Hey Jude,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Shout” and more came near the end of the night.

Billie Joe took a few moments following “Letterbomb,” the fifth song of the marathon set, to quickly talk politics and more specifically, the importance of equality. He followed the speech with an acoustic-opening to “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” the somber track from 2004’s American Idiot. The messages were especially relevant as Against Me!, another outspoken punk-band who preach equality and are often political, opened the show.

Most long-time fans have probably seen Green Day by now – they’re a household name who have toured internationally a numerous times – but it’s still an exciting and memorable experience. Even when supporting Revolution Radio, the show felt like a greatest hits set. “Bang Bang,” the lead single from the album, is trademark Green Day, especially when the lyrics are adjusted to be a direct response to Donald Trump.

With a long discography and numerous memorable singles, seeing Green Day stays fresh even with repeated antics because of just how deep the band can pull. While you’re almost always going to get classics like “Longview,” “Basket Case” and “She,” you also get songs like Nimrod‘s “Scattered” or new tracks like “Revolution Radio” that you may not have heard live before. This new arena tour is off to a strong, distinctly Green Day start.

If you’ve never seen the band, you should probably check when they’re coming to a city near you. If you’ve seen them before, you probably should too. Dates and tickets are here.

Setlist
Know Your Enemy
Bang Bang
Revolution Radio
Holiday
Letterbomb
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Longview
Youngblood
2000 Light Years Away
Hitchin’ a Ride
When I Come Around
Waiting
Christie Road
Burnout
Scattered
Minority
Are We the Waiting
St. Jimmy
Knowledge (Operation Ivy cover)
Basket Case
She
King for a Day
Shout / Always Look On The Bright Side of Life / (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction / Hey Jude
Still Breathing
Forever Now

Encore:
American Idiot
Jesus of Suburbia
Ordinary World
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

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