Green Day is one of those bands that will remind me of being in High School. Even though I didn't really listen to them at the time, they were definitely the soundtrack for pretty much everyone during those years. When I found out they were coming to The Barclays Center for their 99 Revolutions Tour, I knew I had to be there.
Best Coast opened up the show. Led by Bethany Conentino, this band from Los Angeles have been making the rounds lately and they really sounded fantastic.
A short time after they left the stage, it was time for Green Day to come out. Before that happened though, the 8000 people had a sing along to Bohemian Rhapsody as it played over the speakers. As soon as that song ended, someone came out in a 6 foot pink Rabbit Costume drinking beers and getting the crowd revved up.
The band wasted no time launching into 99 Revolutions and Know Your Enemy. They sounded like a younger, still hungry band. Sunday night's show was a rescheduled one, after Armstrong entered into rehab for a bit, and I must say he looked and sounded healthy and happy. During the second song, they brought up a really young fan on to stage. After some instruction from Armstrong, the young fan executed a perfect stage dive into the audience.
As a photographer, we were only allowed to shoot the first two songs, so I didn't really see the set beyond that. But I was able to see the set list, and it was 26 songs deep filled with favorites. From what I did see, and what I heard, Green Day are back at 100% and ready to leave all their energy on the stage.