Gimme Gimme Revolution!
Green Day has been a big part of my life from a very early age. The first album I can remember buying was Nimrod. I was 8 or 9. My sister was a fan around the Dookie era. She was the one who introduced me to them. From then on they became my favorite band. I have been very fortunate enough to have seen them 4 times now. The first time was during the 21st Century Breakdown tour in the summer of 2009. They came to my home town of Orlando, FL. It was at the old Amway Arena venue. This was before they opened the Amway Center. Before being the Amway Arena, it was the TD Waterhouse Centre. That was when I got to see The Mars Volta and System of a Down perform in 2005.
In 2000 the album Warning came out. This was the next Green Day album I had purchased. It was played quite a bit for about a year or so. I was 10. It was the first sort of departure from their signature sound from the 90s. They faced some criticism for this. I, on the other hand, loved every bit of it. It was the perfect album at the perfect time and remains to this day my favorite album they have released. It was just very fitting for me at that age. I don’t know how to explain it. But it was definitely a sign of maturity from them. In 2002 Shenanigans came out and I was very excited for it. It was an album of covers and b-sides. Of course, we all know what came in 2004.
American Idiot fucking exploded onto the music scene that year. From the titular opening track to other radio hits like “Holiday” and “Wake Me Up When September Ends”, American Idiot was and remains to this day one of the greatest modern rock operas of this generation. Billie Joe Armstrong really showed new depths in his songwriting and musical arrangements. This album went on to inspire a musical that went on to play on Broadway and continues to tour today. I was lucky enough to have caught the show when it was in St. Petersburg, FL a couple of years ago. In fact, I’m wearing the shirt I purchased at the show right now as I type this blog post.
After American Idiot created a completely new foundation of fans we got a little break from the boys. However, in 2009 we got the great 21st Century Breakdown. That’s what I’m listening to currently. Like I mentioned earlier, I got to see the band live for the very first time on the tour supporting this album. It was an epic show, but anyone who has been to a Green Day show recently will know, this is nothing out of the ordinary. “21 Guns” was arguably one of the biggest hits from 21st Century Breakdown. “Last Night On Earth” is one of my favorite songs to play on guitar.
I don’t mean to chronicle their entire catalog. Although, that may make for a good series to do on the blog at some point in the future. For now I will l just say that if you thought you knew Green Day, you are completely mistaken. They are the chameleon of modern rock music. Adapting and changing styles with every release. I can’t wait until I get to seem them again and again. They are just incredible as a live band. If you think the studio recordings are good, just go to a show. It’s a blast!