To celebrate their most recent full-length release, punk rock legends Green Day embarked on the Revolution Radio tour back in September of 2016, hitting 120 dates all over the world in order to share both older and newer songs with millions of music lovers. Nearing the end of the tour, Green Day performed to over 18,000 fans at the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheater in Tampa, Florida.
Kicking off the show was British rock band, Catfish and the Bottlemen, mostly known for their songs “Kathleen” and “Coccoon.” Although their genre and style of music is geared more towards an atmospheric, indie vibe rather than Green Day’s punk sound, it was a nice contrast to have. On top of that, the visuals throughout their set meshed incredibly well with the ambience of the music.
While fans waited for Green Day to officially come on stage, everyone in attendance partook in an intense “Bohemian Rhapsody” sing-a-long. Shortly after the song was over, the lights went out and flashed back on as Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool, and Mike Dirnt walked on stage to greet their fans with the catchy “Know Your Enemy” from 21st Century Breakdown. The energy was unreal, and, just as you thought it couldn’t get any louder and more exciting, Billie Joe pulled a young fan from the pit onto the stage to rock out with the band. Nearing the end of the last chorus, he instructed her to stage dive. You can tell just from the photos that this was probably one of the most exhilarating things anybody could ever experience, as she belted the lyrics to the rest of the song while crowd-surfing on a few hundred people.
The rest of the night consisted of a variety of Green Day songs, ranging from the Dookie and American Idiot eras, all the way to 21st Century Breakdown and Revolution Radio, and with some covers, such as The Beatles’ “Hey Jude,” thrown into the mix. Finally, the performance ended with two separate encores, the first being a hard-hitting and energetic one of “American Idiot” and “Jesus of Suburbia.” Ending the night on a calmer note, they followed it up with a second encore consisting of acoustic versions of “21 Guns” and “Good Riddance.”
Having been a Green Day fan ever since I could first hear (no joke, they were the first band I ever really listened to when I was younger), this was definitely an amazing show that couldn’t be missed. Green Day delivered an engaging, energetic, and incredible performance with a varying setlist for any Green Day fan of any era, and it was truly an experience that fans will remember for as long as they live.
CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMEN
COVERAGE: ANA MASSARD