Green Day Plays Special Chicago Show, Debuts “American
By Randy J. Klodz
It might have been just one day after half-way to St. Patrick’s Day,
but Chicago got it’s fill of green of Green Day when the punk-rock icons took
to Chicago’s sold-out Vic Theatre on Sept. 18 as part of the band’s four-city
special tour to preview the Sept. 21 release of “American Idiot,” the band’s
first release in four years.
There Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong stood, perched atop the
front stage monitors, as he greeted the sold-out Vic Theatre with his arms
raised as though he was being crucified as punk-rock’s messiah.
Along with Armstrong (vocals, guitar), Green Day also includes Mike Dirnt
(bass) and Tre Cool (drums). Other additional musicians that joined Green
Day on stage included various guitarists, a backing vocalist and a keyboard
Dressed in a short-sleeved black dress shirt with a red tie—Armstrong
led his band through a special set that featured every track, from start-to-finish,
of the album “American Idiot.” This format gave fans a live record release
party of sorts, with the only other lucky cities being Los Angeles, New York
and Toronto. Tre Cool wore a red dress shirt with black tie, but apparently
Dirnt didn’t get the Green Day dress code memo and ditched his tie and wore
a sleeve-less black cut-off shirt.
As “American Idiot,” the title track of the new album is the first song
on the album, Green Day first got the crowd moving with the rocking new single.
With the “American Idiot” music video getting steady rotation on MTV, most
of the fans in attendance were familiar with the song’s lyrics. Most of those
in attendance didn’t know lyrics to any of the other new songs, but the buzzing
crowd ate up the new material.
Rocking tracks such as “Give Me Novacaine,” “Jesus of Suburbia,” “She’s
a Rebel” and “Letterbomb” kept the crowd on its toes, while lighter flames
were abound during the mellow “Wake Me Up When September Ends.” Green Day
later returned to play several older tracks that included “Minority” and a
cover of Queen’s “We are the Champions,” among other selections.
Green Day is scheduled to start a full tour with New Found Glory and
Sugarcult issued as support on Oct. 19 at Convention Center in Fort Worth,
Texas. That tour is scheduled to hit Chicago soil at UIC Pavilion on Nov.
8, with tickets scheduled to go on sale to the public on Oct. 2. For more
information on Green Day log on to www.greenday.com.