Green Day red hot at the LG Arena

A performance by Green Day is not just a concert, it's a theatrical masterpiece. Filled with costume changes, pyrotechnics and crowd-pleasing interactions, Billie Joe Armstrong and the boys really know how to put on a show.

Green Day at the LG Arena, BirminghamGreen Day

LG Arena, Birmingham

By Charlotte Barnes

A performance by Green Day is not just a concert, it's a theatrical masterpiece.

Filled with costume changes, pyrotechnics and crowd-pleasing interactions, Billie Joe Armstrong and the boys really know how to put on a show.

Opening with the latest album's self-titled hit, 21st Century Breakdown, the  explosive beginning was merely the start of things to come.

Sporting a new bleached hairstyle, Billie Joe soon got the blood pumping with a stream of powerhouse tunes from the new album before taking the crowd effortlessly into an extensive back catalogue of mega hits, such as Basket Case and Brain Stew.

Playing up to the audience is a joy for these performers ­ their interaction and on-stage capers are a big part of the appeal. As the punk rock trio experimented with feather boas, police costumes and drag outfits, audience members were soon in on the act, as one lucky man was invited to sing Longview live on stage to the envy of everyone watching.

There was also a nod to the venue's location, with the band belting out Black Sabbath's Paranoid. Other well chosen covers included Teenage Kicks by The Undertones, AC/DC's Highway to Hell and, ahem, Lulu's Shout, which shouldn't have worked but most certainly did.

Billie Joe clearly relishes his role of frontman, getting the capacity crowd whipped up into a frenzy by a simple prop or snippet of a much-loved guitar riff.

The band's obvious musical virtuosity is never overshadowed by high jinks, as Billie Joe's solo encore proved, with lighters, cameras and mobile phones thrust into the air to stirring renditions of Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) and the suitably poignant When September Ends.

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Comments for: "Green Day red hot at the LG Arena"

Sara!

not even going to lie. last night was the best night of my life. i managed to get right to the front left of the gig, and mamanged to get part of billie's boa. gutted i lost all my pictures though =[ if anyone sees this and was around the same area as me, let me know if you have pictures!

if you even get the opportunity go see green day!!!

LEIGH

Best gig I've ever been to !

Steve

Really enjoyed the gig Billie Joe was certainly on form. I thought the last encore as really excellent just shows how talented this guy really is. The ultimate Karioki opportunity for the guy who got to sing Longview on stage with Billie Joe must have been one of his all time ever experiences, and he was good as well.

Sadly i was on the back seating right at the top so missed out on a load of stuff etc.

I loved the concert but i still maintain the sunday Gig at Milton Keynes Bowl a few years ago now still takes some topping.

Julie Smith

Went to both shows at the LG Arena, and all I can say is wow, truly fantastic, best concerts I have ever seen, Billy Joe is one talented guy.

The band put in so much energy and entertainment they really know how to put on a performance.

Caoimhe Über Alles

Actually it's the Isley Brothers version of Shout (Parts 1 and 2), though Lulu's version is great too.

barbara

wow what a night-they were out of this world-went with my daughter last night(28th)she has been a massive Greenday fan for a long time-she said it was best nite of her life so far but she was gutted she missed out on all the great stuff happening-not getting involved like some really lucky people did and she wud have given anything to stand at their side-perhaps if they gig again she will be lucky to get closer (we were towards the back) but she has the memories foreva of a fantastic nite-thank you guys for making my daughter very happy-Greenday rock!!!!

Amy Taylor

i have been to many concerts and i can honestly say this was the most entertaining nights i have ever had. i took my sister who doesnt even like green day and within 4 songs she was singing along! she even came out saying it was amazing.

the lg arena is a fantastic venue with excellent sound quality.

amber cooper

was by far the best night of my life!!!!

i was down the front (in front of mike, and to make the night extra special Tre was at on point waving, pointing and pulling faces at me :D

plus kevinpreton the lead singer of prima donna jumped off sage and pulled himsef on the barriers in front of me

managed to get some amzing pictures!!!

i will never forget that night as long as i live, green day a pure joy to go and see live!!!!!

Bettyyy

Dude, honestly, the best birthday present I have ever had. Seeing Green Day live is like, a dream. And that came sooo true. I'm really glad I went :) Billie Joe, Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt totally rock. I enjoyed every second of it and I nearly cried when they sang Wake Me Up When September Ends and Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life). I absolutely loved it. If you have the chance, go to their concerts. I loved it. Rock on, Green Day, love you loads.