We witnessed the most fantastic, incredible, awesome Green Day concert at Wembley Stadium. We’ve never seen them live until tonight, but wow! was it worth the wait? Singing along to all their songs with the crowd singing in unison was an amazing feeling. Wembley Stadium as a venue for bands such as Green Day is just brilliant!
They kicked off their show at 8pm with four songs from their latest album “21st Century Breakdown”.
The crowd went ballastic. Then a few recent awesome songs from the American Idiot album and then Billie Joe got into gear singing some of the older songs from Dookie (Basket Case, When I come around, Burnout etc).
The three main band members – lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist and backing vocalist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tré Cool were brilliant and played their part well and looked like they were really enjoying themselves on stage.
Billie Joe is certainly a wonderful showman and could easily get the crowd to sing and clap at his command. Even Tré Cool is a showman in his own right and quite a funny guy.
Tré sang a song or two while Billie Joe played the drums and there was a moment where the two of them went for some record by singing and dancing to the song “shout” made famous by the Isley Brothers. It was quite funny though.
The band even dressed up in drag and sang one or two songs while lying down on the stage.
Some people in the crowd went mental especially where we were standing. That can be a good or bad thing depending on what you are expecting from the concert. I personally don’t mind people jumping around if they think of others, but when they push and kick and punch just for the fun of it, then it can become a bit unpleasant. There were definitely a few English idiots in the audience.
There was a good mix of stage videos behind the band and on the side screens.
With the various lights going on the atmosphere was electrifying.
The concert went on for well over 2 and a half hours with two encores. The last 6 songs were just incredible, with spectacular fireworks, fireballs, ticker tape even toilet paper being thrown up into the air.
Below is the playlist for the concert.
- Song of the Century
- 21st Century Breakdown
- Know Your Enemy
- East Jesus Nowhere
- The Static Age
- Give Me Novacaine
- Are We The Waiting
- St. Jimmy
- Blvd. of Broken Dreams
- Nice Guys Finish Last
- Geek Stink Breath
- Dominated Love (Slave Tre on Guitar and Vocals, Bille Joe on Drums)
- Hitchin’ A Ride
- Welcome To Paradise
- When I Come Around
- Metal-Jam Iron Man/ Sweet Child of Mine/ Highway to Hell
- Brain Stew
- Basket Case
- King For A Day
- Shout/Hey Jude/I cant get no satisfaction/Teenage Kicks/Always look on the bright side of life
- 21 Guns
- American Idiot
- Jesus of Suburbia
- When It’s Time (Acoustic)
- Wake Me Up When September Ends (Acoustic)
- Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
33 songs in total made it one helleva good evening. If they were playing another night in London I would definitely go again.
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