Last night I had the opportunity to see Green Day at MSG in a box and from the moment the lights went up in the nearly sold-out garden revealing Billie Joe, Tre Cool, and Mike Dirnt against a backdrop of the NYC skyline and a legion of fans with hands flailing in the air below me, I knew I was in for a night to remember. From the first few songs on 21st Century Breakdown album, the tried and true favorites on Dookie, to some fun covers and the lesser-known songs off their first two albums Kerplunk and 39/Smooth, they provided a high energy performance that I couldn’t take my eyes off.
They were the perfect combination of high octane, rocking out, crowd interaction, antics, and most importantly mind-blowing music during the almost three-hour set. They played almost 40 songs from all of their albums and a majority of their popular hits. Some of my favorite moments were them interacting with the audience and pulling some very lucky kids on stage who now can now die happy having had MSG cheer their name and experience stage diving with Green Day playing the background. One kid was “saved” during “Jesus of Suburbia” and three kids got to play the Poison Ivy cover “Knowledge” with them. Overall their performance was full of non-stop energy. I was The crowd was happy to eat up every minute of it, as was I to enjoy the ride, one which I was jumping up and down singing along the whole time.
To check out there full set list from the last night click here.