I was gonna say that people used to do these back in the day, but doing a quick search, it was basically only me.
Anyways, since TNS isn't that active as it used to be, I thought I could try to revive my old tradition and start to write reviews of sorts again.
Perhaps for your surprise, I only discovered Green Day in 2009 with their new album 21st Century Breakdown. Of course I had heard Boulevard Of Broken Dreams and Basket Case before, but I never really listened to them before 21CB. After listening to that album for the first time, I became a huge fan and they became my 2nd favorite band.
They held that 2nd place for me until their Trilogy albums. Those three albums were garbage
, so it kinda ruined my relationship towards them. I could've called myself a superfan before, but after those albums I only listened to them very rarely.
So, since I basically lost my faith in Green Day, I wasn't expecting much from Revolution Radio. There are a few good songs (Still Breathing, Revolution Radio, Too Dumb To Die, Youngblood), while the rest are just fillers. But in comparison to the Trilogy, this album was OK.
But while I didn't really like their new music, I loved their shows. They are definitely one of the best live bands I've experienced, and I'd really recommend the show to anyone, even if they don't know them. The show itself is worth attending for its entertainment.
Alright, let's cut the crap. Finland wasn't part of their touring schedule this time around, so I hopped across the bay to Stockholm, Sweden. This was my 4th Green Day show, first in 4 years, so I was pretty hyped. The first three shows I attended had the same pattern for the setlist; Starting off with some brand new hits, followed by American Idiot songs, then a section of old school songs, then some newer songs again, and ending the show with some American Idiot songs along with few acoustics. While the sections of the eras stayed pretty much the same, the songs itself were mixed up from the previous tours, so you couldn't expect what was coming next. And that's how it should be!
The show itself was good old Green Day, extended bridges, getting the crowd along in many ways, bringing people up on stage to sing and play the songs etc. The setlist was the biggest upside for me, though. It was almost like my dream playlist from 2009. There were NOT A SINGLE SONG played from the Trilogy. I was totally surprised by it, after all they released 39 songs on them, so surely there could've been a few songs that could fit in. But I wasn't complaining, not at all! Instead, they played some super old rareties, songs that were my favorites from the older records (2000 Light Years Away, Christie Road), that I never thought I could hear live. Damn, I was happy!
While I was glad there weren't any Trilogy songs, I was disappointed that they played only one song from 21CB, Know Your Enemy, which isn't one of my favorites from the album. I was expecting them to play at least 21 Guns, oh well.
Also, what the fuck is with Are We The Waiting? In my opinion, it's one of the most boring songs by them, still they play it almost every night. I could even take a boring Trilogy song over that one.
Congrats if you read this far. Here's the setlist.
In the past I used to film almost all the songs of the show. I guess I've become old and lazy, or just realized that the exact same videos can already be found on YouTube, so there aren't any uploaded this time around.
1. Know Your Enemy
2. Bang Bang
3. Revolution Radio
6. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
9. 2000 Light Years Away
10. Hitchin' A Ride
11. When I Come Around
13. Christie Road
17. Are We The Waiting
18. St. Jimmy
20. Basket Case
22. King For A Day (including a bit from Careless Whisper by George Michael)
23. Shout (including bits from Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, Hey Jude)
24. Still Breathing
25. Forever Now
26. American Idiot
27. Jesus Of Suburbia
28. Ordinary World
29. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)