Highlights of the concert:

  • During East Jesus Nowhere, Billie chose someone to “save” and he ended up choosing this little boy who couldn’t have been older than seven and he was wearing a bright yellow t-shirt that said “SAVE ME” on it.  He was adorable and so bad-ass, with really bad-ass parents.  Matt turned to me and said, “That kid gets more ass than all of us put together.”  So true.  Watch the video of the end here.
  • The kid that Billie Joe brought up to sing Longview was good in the beginning (meaning he was on key), but then he ended up totally not knowing the words so that was kind of disappointing. Watch his stage-dive here.
  • Who Wrote Holden Caulfield? was a complete surprise.  They never, ever play it so to hear it played live was amazing.  
  • We sang the ‘Ooo-Oooohs’ at the end of When it’s Time (video here) and it was surprisingly on pitch.  When we sang the add-ins at the end of Boulevard of Broken Dreams, we were not.  
  • Billie Joe standing on stage looking like a zombie a long-ass at the end of St. Jimmy.
  • Holiday was just effing awesome, as was the screaming “HEY!” a couple of times and “AMEN!”
  • Extraordinary Girl sounded beautiful played and sung acoustically.  
  • Hey Jude.  My two favorite musicians combined.  Amazing.  Video here.
  • I really enjoy all of their lighting and projections – especially the ones during Holiday.  
  • During Paper Lanterns and 2000 Light Years Away, Billie Joe brought up a whole bunch of people, including the little kid in the “SAVE ME” t-shirt again.  The guy who was next to him was holding his cell phone in front of their faces trying to get a picture, hah.
  • During the second half of the set, Billie Joe brought up a girl and during the song, she asked him to take a picture of her up there (LMAO).
  • I can’t remember during which song it was (I want to say it was Boulevard of Broken Dreams), Billie got down on his knees and bowed to the audience saying, “Holy shit, Boston has a lot to live up to now!!” after we (the audience) sang an entire verse or two together.  

So last night was my first ever [proper] Green Day concert.  Matt, his friend Rachel, and I made an entire weekend event out of it, with the complete suburbia experience (including a trip to the corner Italian restaurant, a pre-show trip to Walgreens, and a 1am stop at the local diner).  We had lawn tickets and I worried the amphitheater would be something like sitting behind the nosebleed seats at Citifield, but luckily it was more like sitting at the back of the Baldwin Amphitheater on Long Island, so it wasn’t bad at all.  The weather was gorgeous, we couldn’t have asked for better.  We started out on the center part of the lawn, but I scoped out a better area to sit stage right.  

We used most of AFI’s set to get our buzz on and to purchase whatever food we didn’t bring with us that we wanted.  (Matt and I also bought $35 t-shirts.  File under: We’re good at wasting money.)

They played, in order: Song of the Century, 21st Century Breakdown, Know Your Enemy, East Jesus Nowhere (!), Holiday (!), Viva la Gloria, Give Me Novocaine, Letterbomb, Are We the Waiting, St. Jimmy, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Burnout, Nice Guys Finish Last, Who Wrote Holden Caulfield? (!WHAT! They NEVER play this song, ever.  It was awesome.  Davey Havok, of AFI, also sang one of the first verses with Billie Joe), Paper Lanterns, 2000 Light Years Away, Hitchin a Ride (!), When I Come Around, Iron Man/Aint Talkin Bout Love/You Really Got Me/Sweet Child of Mine/Highway to Hell, Brainstew (!), Jaded, Longview (!), Basketcase (!), She, King For a Day, Shout!, Break on Through (To the Other Side)/Free Fallin/Satisfaction/Hey Jude (!), Extraordinary Girl (acoustic!), 21 Guns, Minority, American Idiot, Jesus of Suburbia, When It’s Time, Wake Me Up When September Ends, and Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).

That’s 43 songs.  I found out today that at PNC or in Holmdel, there’s an 11pm “curfew,” so I’d like to think had that curfew not been in effect, they would’ve played longer.  

More pictures and commentary to come….