There were thousands of Green Day fans in Raleigh, North Carolina and its surrounding areas that had been waiting months for the band’s show on September 1 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park. The morning of September 1 had many of those fans nervous if the show would even happen. There were thunderstorms forecast for the area and as the day progressed, tornado watches were issued all around the area. Would they delay the show? Would they cancel it? Would a tornado pick up the amphitheater and toss it into another state? Wait, what would the venue do if there was a tornado during the show? What’s was their tornado plan? Social media lit up with posts of worry, anxiety and even anger as it approached showtime.
There was a massive thunderstorm and many decided to not attend the show due to the weather conditions, but the show ended up happening with after a slight delay. Many in attendance did get wet s the rain continued to come down, although not as hard as earlier. Catfish and the Bottlemen put on an impressive opening set as the members were bathed in fog and red and purple lighting (which are a photographer’s dream). The crowd was definitely into the band and singing along word for word during many of their songs.
As the clock ticked down, the anticipation continued to build in the amphitheater. Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” began to play over the PA system and fans knew that they were just a few minutes away from showtime. After a huge karaoke session, “Blitzkrieg Bop” by The Ramones started playing and Drunk Bunny (Hmmmmm……….who could that be underneath that suit) made an appearance and the crowd roared in approval. Drunk Bunny “birthed” two Mini Drunk Bunnies and tossed them into the crowd. Before throwing out the second bunny, he approached the photopit and danced the bunny on our photographer’s head. If you were at the Raleigh, NC show and happened to take a picture of that, we would LOVE to see it! As “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” began to play, the band took the stage and the crowd went crazy!
Our review will be short, sweet and to the point for several reasons one of which is being asked to review a show, but not being given a review ticket to stay and watch it. Yeah, you tell me how that’s going to happen when photographers leave after shooting the two to three songs that they are allowed to shoot. We were able to take in several songs before being asked to leave and then told to leave. Yes,w e almost got thrown out of a show which would have been a first! Here are a few thoughts on the show with a little assist from some peeps who were there for the entire thing.
- The guys opened with “Know Your Enemy” and Billie Joe (like clockwork) pulls a fan up onstage. The young lady in Raleigh hugged the guys, ran up onto Tre’s drumriser and sang her heart out!
- The guys pulled a few kids up onstage to play part of another song.
- Billie Joe definitely used the stage that he has been given to express his political opinion and the band has been doing so for many years now. Yet, it didn’t settle well with some fans that we talked with and there’s no problem with that. I just don’t understand why a fan would say they are never listening to a band again just because they don’t agree with them on political views.
- We loved their medley of “Shout,” “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and “Hey Jude.”
- The new songs from Revolution Radio fit really well into the set right alongside tracks that are over twenty years old.
- Although it seemed like the Billie Joe show for most of the night (well, he is the ringleader, right?), all of the guys seemed to be having a great time performing.
Overall, I thought it was a great show, full of energy, attitude and kick-ass tunes. This isn’t the same Green Day that gave us Dookie and there’s nothing wrong with that. In all honesty, I would be very disappointed if it was because that would mean that the band had showed no growth at all. Although they’re not spring chickens, I still think these guys run circles around so many younger bands out there today. The fun that they are having up on the stage during a show cannot be faked. Well, you might be able to fake it for a short time, but then the fans really begin to pick up on it. The guys are on another all-time high of popularity again with a number one album and a tour that is selling out or damn near selling out every show. I’ve been with these guys since about 1993 and it’s amazing to see them continue going as strong as they are.
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, Welcome to Paradise, Minority, Are We the Waiting, St. Jimmy, Knowledge, Basket Case, She, King for a Day, (Medley) Shout / Always Look on the Bright Side of Life / (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction / Hey Jude, Still Breathing, Forever Now, American Idiot, Jesus of Suburbia, 21 Guns, Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).
Here are a few pix of Green Day from their 9/1/17 appearance at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Raleigh, North Carolina! Click on each image for a larger view!