Green Day – The 99 Revolutions Tour
The Liacouras Center in Philadelphia was filled with anticipation before Green Day took the stage, naturally so being that this show had been rescheduled from early January to the April 3rd date. The “99 Revolutions Tour” had finally arrived at Philadelphia and Green Day took to the stage just before 8:30 following an amazing crowd sung version of Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and some comical onstage antics from a drunken rabbit. Billie Joe Armstrong, Tré Cool, and Mike Dirnt ran on to the stage alongside their touring musicians and they immediately started playing “99 Revolutions” off of the final album of their recent trilogy,”¡Tré!”. It was clear by the second song, “Know Your Enemy,” that the newly sober Billie Joe Armstrong was the best version to date because he moved around the stage like an olympic sprinter qualifying out for the 400m and he still managed to strike a few poses in between shuffles. Towards the end of the song he brought a fan dressed like Santa Clause out of the audience to make a stage dive but due to the distance of the stage from the crowd it looked more like cannonball. The crowd still caught him though and they sent him crowd surfing a good ways back. At this point it was time for me to finish up photographing, pack up my gear and return to my seat to watch the rest of the show. (Continued Below)
Green Day played a 28 song setlist that appealed to fans both new and old with hits from their recent album trilogy “¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!” all the way back to their debut album,”39/Smooth“. Their performance of “Holiday” was particularly memorable compared to some of the other tracks that night and that was partially due to the crowd’s energy. The circle pits opened up a few times during the night and this was one of the songs that made the crowd turn into what looked like a giant whirlpool of people. The real highlight for fans came after “Burnout,” when Billie Joe Armstrong asked if the crowd had any requests because the crowd was treated to an rocking performance of “J.A.R.” and they even got to see Tré Cool leave the drums to sing “All By Myself.” The night continued on with even more variety as the band played a few more recent songs such as the epic tale of “St. Jimmy,” and a cranked up “X-Kid” before leaving the stage to return for an encore. The night ended after a second encore featuring just Billie Joe Armstrong and acoustic guitar singing “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).” The crowd of around 8,000 then began the long walk back to the parking garage still singing some of the songs from the night and wearing their tour shirts. Green Day delivered one of the best concerts that the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia has ever had and they more than made up for the few months delay.
Tickets are still available for the majority of shows on the “99 Revolutions Tour,” you won’t want to miss out on buying them because word is going to spread quickly that Billie Joe Armstrong and the rest of Green Day is back better than ever. Be sure to check out Sight of Sound Magazine‘s exclusive photos of Green Day‘s performance below as well as the setlist from the Philadelphia show.
Know Your Enemy
Stay the Night Stop
When the Red Lights Flash
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)
All By Myself
Dominated Love Slave
Going to Pasalacqua
Iron Man / Highway to Hell
When I Come Around
King for a Day
Shout / (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction / Hey Jude
Jesus of Suburbia
Encore 2 :
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
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