Green Day played the small Aragon Ballroom (pics, setlist, video)
Green Day have been playing small clubs in support of their new album Revolution Radio. In getting back to the size venues they used to play in the '90s, they've also been breaking out tons of deep cuts from that era. We already caught the tour at NYC's Rough Trade and Webster Hall (the former of which was mostly '90s deep cuts), and we just caught Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool (and their three touring members) again at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom on Sunday (10/23).
This show's selection of oldies included "J.A.R.," "2000 Light Years Away," "Burnout," "Christie Road," "Private Ale," "Armatage Shanks," and more, and they brought out a fan to play guitar on "When I Come Around" which they do a lot (but didn't at Webster Hall). Here's a bit of Bob Gendron's review for Chicago Tribune:
Dividing time between sociopolitical urgency, personal anxiety and adolescent silliness, the California trio eschewed the bombast that marked many of its past tours. No concussion bombs, no video screens, no water guns. The distractions weren't missed. Granted, Green Day still relied on three auxiliary musicians to flesh out arrangements. Yet the sound veered away from that of polished professionals coasting on halcyon glories and toward that of a still-vital rock band eager to reconnect with its youthful edginess.
Like on other dates of the tour, Dog Party opened (though we missed them). Pictures of Green Day are in the gallery above. Setlist below.
Here's that "When I Come Around" performance with a fan:
Know Your Enemy
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)
2000 Light Years Away
Welcome to Paradise
Hitchin' a Ride
Are We the Waiting
When I Come Around (Fan brought on stage to play guitar)
King for a Day / Shout / (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction / Hey Jude
Jesus of Suburbia
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
photos by James Richards IV