Green Day Rocks Rose Bowl Saturday Night; Hall of Fame Band Plays 27 Hits From Past and Present

Published : Sunday, September 17, 2017 | 5:40 AM

[Updated]  The moment that Green Day took the stage at 8:30 last night with “Know Your Enemy” to 11 when they finished with “Good Riddance,” the enormous crowd at the Rose Bowl never really sat down.

The Oakland area band had an energy all night for an enthusiastic audience of people of all backgrounds and from ages 10 to those pushing 70.

Green Day finished their ‘Revolution Radio’ tour last night at the Rose Bowl and from the beginning, lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong wanted the crowd to know that despite a rancorous political climate in this country, last night was all about unity and having fun.

The 27-song set included their old stuff and tracks from their most recent 2016 Revolution Radio album that went to the No. 1 spot in five countries, including the U.S.

Armstrong also brought three different fans on stage at different parts of the show to play guitar and sing along.

Two of the three were boys and he encouraged both to ‘stage dive’ into the front few rows when their parts were done.

The first young man looked to have fallen on his face, but the second time around, the crowd was ready and caught another young kid several rows back.

After the show, we asked many and almost all picked ‘Good Riddance” (time of your life) as their favorite of the night.

The song was and is a huge hit from the 1997 ‘Nimrod’ album.

Other notable favorites among those in Pasadena were ‘Holiday,” ‘American Idiot,’ ‘Basket Case,’ and ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams.’

There was also a sort of medley where they did bits and pieces of classic songs “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction,” Hey Jude,” and “Shout.”

Many commented on how well set up the Rose Bowl stadium was for a show like this and how crisp the sound system was.

There were two extremely large screens for those in the back sections to easily watch throughout the night.

After nearly 120 concerts since last September, guitarist Mike Dirnt, drummer Tr’e Cool and Armstrong can go back to Oakland and catch their breath for a while.

For those in Pasadena on Saturday night, they can’t wait for the Punk Rock 36-year veterans to come back some time soon.

Set List (in order):
Know Your Enemy
Bang Bang
Revolution Radio
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
2000 Light Years Away
Hitchin’ a Ride
When I Come Around
Are We the Waiting
St. Jimmy
Basket Case
King For a Day
Shout/Always Look on the Bright Side/I Can’t Get No Satisfaction/Hey Jude
Still Breathing
Forever Now

Encore 1:
American Idiot
Ordinary World

Encore 2:
Jesus of Suburbia
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

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