Green Day Rocks Deep Cuts at Intimate New York Concert
Green Day headed to New York City the same weekend it released its new studio album, Revolution Radio. But the band didn’t play MetLife Stadium or Madison Square Garden; following the disappointing reception of 2012’s ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! trilogy, the veteran rockers embraced a back-to-basics approach, playing venues the size of which reflected their pre-Dookie days. On Saturday night (Oct. 8) at Webster Hall, the rock veterans played songs from that era, too.
“This song’s called ‘409 in Your Coffeemaker,’” Billie Joe Armstrong announced about an hour into the set, eliciting screams from the fanatics. The 26-year old song arrived alongside others from the band’s pre- major-label days, like “Private Ale” and “Christie Road,” executed as if they’d been playing them for years alongside “Longview” and “Holiday.” Those hits were included as well -- along with most of Green Day’s standards -- essentially announcing intent for the most fan-friendly experience possible.
It looked like the band just wanted to enjoy itself, too. With the new album just released, there was no hurry to live-test brand new songs the crowd barely knew. It let “Bang Bang” -- already a radio hit -- resonate early in the set, and sprinkled in three other Revolution Radio tracks, focusing on ones that had been out prior to the Oct. 7 release date.
Armstrong has already dissed Donald Trump on this tour, but the Webster Hall show featured no extended political rants. The closest they got was a jab at Fox News, CNN and MSNBC early in the set and as for general chatter, Armstrong and company were generally more inclined to fill their time up with music. “Minority” was stretched out into an improv-filled epic before closing the pre-encore portion and -- perhaps in an embrace of its elder statesman status -- Green Day infused its familiar cover of “Shout” with a little bit of “Hey Jude” and “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction,” both played by their original writers this weekend at Desert Trip in Indio, Calif. Twenty years from now, it’s not hard to imagine Green Day sounding pretty good at some future version of the so-called “Oldchella.”
After a handful of U.S. shows to close out October, Green Day will head out on a European tour to open 2017. The band will hope to see Revolution Radio catch on with the masses, and assure them a similarly frenzied reaction from much larger crowds when they presumably return to the road in America next year. Green Day has an illustrious history it can fall back on when times get tough; its current tour has given some lucky fans old school thrills and the months ahead will reveal if Revolution Radio cracks the Green Day canon.
Here’s the set list from the show:
"Know Your Enemy"
"Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
"Stuart and the Ave."
"409 in Your Coffeemaker"
"One of My Lies"
"Nice Guys Finish Last"
"Hitchin' a Ride"
"Are We the Waiting"
"King for a Day"
"Shout" / "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" / "Hey Jude"
"Jesus of Suburbia"
"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"