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Green Day: live in Chicagolive in Chicago (2004)
Green Day

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: Steve213Steve213
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It has been just around ten years since the CD that in my opinion is the essential punk rock album for people born during the mid to late '80s, Dookie, was released. Just like anyone at that time, the first time I saw the video for "Longview" I was hooked and I knew I loved it. Ten years, three albu.


It has been just around ten years since the CD that in my opinion is the essential punk rock album for people born during the mid to late '80s, Dookie, was released. Just like anyone at that time, the first time I saw the video for "Longview" I was hooked and I knew I loved it. Ten years, three albums, one greatest hits, and one B-sides collection later Green Day is about to release their newest epic known as American Idiot. But before that as many of you know they planned a small four date club tour in which they would play their entire new album in it's entirety for all to hear and enjoy.

Upon hearing that Green Day, a band I have never seen in a smaller venue than the Tweeter Center, was coming to Chicago and would be playing The Vic Theater, a venue that holds only 1,200 people, I knew I had to be there. Waiting in line for two and a half hours outside the theater a week prior seemed like nothing for me. Luckily I was able to get tickets to a show that sold out in less than ten minutes.

Once arriving at the Vic I saw a line that wrapped down the street a block and then around the corner another block. The line was probably the most diverse I have seen in some time. There was small punk rockers about the age of 10-13 years old (parents right besides them of course), people my age (19-23) who thanks to Green Day have been able to explore other great bands in the "punk" genre, as well as your frat guys who I'm sure still pop in Dookie in between their Dave Matthews band and G-Unit CDs.

After waiting around a half an hour I was finally inside and went right to the ground floor of the theater. From where I was at that time was about 15 feet from the stage and I was in the near back of the line. I looked up to see a giant "American Idiot" banner behind Tre Cool's drum set and as more people began to file in the crowd started to get more and more anxious clapping and shouting for Green Day. Then at 8 pm the lights went out, I was pushed all the way to the front of the rail and Green Day came on stage.

But it wasn't just Green Day who came on. As many of you probably know on the new album there are a few more instruments on this CD - piano, horns, a lot more backup, a few more guitars, and even some extra drums. Nevertheless, as Billie Joe, Mike and Tre came out you could tell they were very pumped about getting to play this new material for everyone. Billie Joe being the constant showman that he is jumped on one of the monitors, guitar in the air, and started yelling at everyone in excitement. The crowd loved every minute of it and roared right back. With that Billie started to strum the opening chords of "American Idiot" and a night at the punk rock opera had begun.

This being the single most of the crowd knew the song and screamed along with every word. Mid way through the song Billie started his classic crowd taunting and had everyone sing a long with his "Heeeeeyyyyy Ooooooooo's" Then without missing a beat the band went right back into the song even letting the crowd take lead vocals for the line "It's going out to Idiot America."

Next up Billie announced to the crowd that we were all at the official "American Idiot Release party" and with that the band started into the nine-minute epic that is "Jesus of Suburbia"

As the band continued to play on right along in order of the album the crowd loved every minute. Knowing that most of the people didn't know the album yet, Green Day made sure to put everything they had into this set so the crowd would be up and alive. Tre Cool did his typical crazy faces and head bobbing throughout the set and Mike as always was jumping and playing the bass with the snotty punk rock attitude. Of course Billie Joe was doing his normal rock star routine throughout the show, which I and no one else could get enough of. Picking up the microphone stand, climbing on the monitors and singing every line to perfection. As I watched him I couldn't help but think of other great bands with front mans, of course the Rolling Stones and Queen came to mind (of the old school era) but I started to think that Green Day was right up there with those bands as far as live performances go.

As the band played "St. Jimmy," Billie let another take control of the guitar as he grabbed the mic and stared spinning on the ground and yelling the song to the amazing crowd.

Right before the band played the song "Wake Me Up When September Ends," Billie shouted, "This one's for Johnny" Referring to the Ramones member that passed away a few days earlier.

As the set came to a close red and black confetti was shot into the air and the band took their bows and left the stage.

As the crowd cheered and cheered for an encore Tre Cool came back and started to play the all-familiar beat to the song that we all fell in love with, "Longview." As the bass line kicked, in the place went nuts. What made seeing this song even better was that only the three members were on the stage just like it used to be. Billie Joe even brought out his old blue sticker filled fender strat. Also, hearing 1,200 people shout "Masturbation" was a funny thing to hear. The band didn't let up as they kicked into "Brain Stew" followed by the fast and energy filled "Platypus (I Hate You)" from the Nimrod album. As the band started to play the song "Minority" I started to wonder when we would hear more classic "heeeeyyyyy oooooo" shouts from Billie Joe. Sure enough, in the middle of that song Billie started the "heeeyyy ooooo" chant while holding the "heeyy" note of at least what seemed like sixty seconds. After around five minutes of the crowd being responsive to him, Billie brought out the harmonica and played along to the poppy "Minority."

But all good things must come to an end and Green Day ended this show with style, by closing with the Queen classic "We are the Champions." With Tre jumping up and down slamming his drums and mike doing back up vocals along with the other 1,200 people, the band closed the set and left everyone in the place remembering why they first fell in love with Green Day in the first place.

In a music scene right now filled with more of the same of everything and changing their music to the "popular sound" right now, Green Day was and is a band that always stayed true to themselves and only cared what the each other thought. Green Day wasn't the first in punk rock but they are one of the best. Anyone who was at this show in Chicago or was in California, New York, or Toronto on this tour should feel privileged that they got to see one of the best--not only punk bands, but rock bands ever.

 


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Anonymous (July 19, 2005)

Hey, to the guy who wrote the review for the show, IT WAS A GOOD REVIEW. It's pretty stupid to read a review of a Green Day concert if all you want to know is the setlist, because a Green Day concert is about the whole EVENT, not just what the band plays or says (altough I do like hearing that too!)

Oh, and in reply to what someone said about people being dissapointed about Green Day not coming back and playing, "Baset Case" well where I was I didn't hear any of that..Altough I must agree the security was being a little nuerotic by pushing us out so early, they also wouldn't let people back in to get t-shirts. WHO CARES, it was amazing just to see them at the Vic anyways. If you're going to start to compare this concert to others, why not say that they didn't do "Knowledge" ?

GD4LIFE

chelle (May 6, 2005)

greenday is the best.......they r so rad..i give them a ten

Anonymous (January 29, 2005)

just seen green day at the MEN in Manchester (american idiot tour).

One word review? AWESOME.

Anonymous (January 2, 2005)

i LOVE green day.there probly one of the best punk bands out there..if you hate them get the hell outta here and listen to britney spears ok?!
-also its BILLIE not billy..and hes sooo fuckin hot!!!

Anonymous (December 8, 2004)

I saw the show in Chicago, and it was unbelievable, so much that the following week, we went to Toronto and saw the club show in Toronto. Greenday plays an amazing live show, and everyone should see them play live. For all of you that don't like the "heyyyyyyy Ohhhhhhh's," go to a Dave concert and dance around, or better yet, just watch him on TV because he could care less if you are there or not. I have seen a ton a concerts, and Green Day by far puts on the best show, and their true fans know that.

The anticipation of the new album was what the club shows were about. This show was not to hear Basketcase, the show was a debut for the new, and unbelievably great new album. Hearing the encore was just a bonus.

This is one of the best albums date, and deserves the respect of every music fan. If all you can do is bitch about "too many instruments" and "ticket prices" then I feel sorry for your pathetic life.

-St. Jimmy
From Chicago to Toronto

Anonymous (October 30, 2004)

I saw them play in NYC Sept. 22 and it was so great I just about peed my pants. :) I love these guys to pieces. It was a free show out on the street and they --even so! -- played for about an hour. I saw them ten years ago, I saw them this year, and they're always amazing. Billie Joe gives away his heart and guts to every audience. He has a huge heart and is incredibly generous to his fans. I couldn't stop giggling and grinning for days afterwards.

Loved the review, by the way.

NachoHat (October 20, 2004)

Uhhhh, yeah, that was me. I could have sworn I was logged in but I guess not.

Anonymous (October 19, 2004)

I don't remember the whole set or the exact order but I know it included:

American Idiot
Jesus of Suburbia
Longview
Geek Stink Breath
Brain Stew
Knowledge
She
King For A Day
Welcome To Paradise (I think)
Minority
Good Riddance

I know I'm forgetting one or two others.

Anonymous (October 18, 2004)

NachoHat ... Can you post a setlist from the Voodoofest show?

NachoHat (October 17, 2004)

"the band closed the set and left everyone in the place remembering why they first fell in love with Green Day in the first place. "

Huh. That's funny, cause I saw them at Voodoo Fest yesterday and I barely got even of why I fell in love with them: the songs. Billie Joe's "crazy antics" were repeated almost exactly from what you described. Random heeey oooo's for no reason? Check. Breakdancing? Check. Harmonica solo? Check. Holding a note for at least thirty seconds? Check. Not to mention we got the bonus of hearing him yell "ALRIGHT NEW ORLEANS!" seven fucking times.

It's a shame, considering how incredible they are when they actually play their songs. The antics and crowd interaction are just way too annoying. I'm all for bands having fun and doing whatever the hell they want to when they play but it's really discouraging to see the frontman of a band you love act like an asshole fratboy.

CallingLondon (September 30, 2004)

as a very long time fan of this band, i must say i think their latest record is their best. better than dookie, even, and dookie is one of the greatest records of all time. Sure, this isn't quite as solid through and through as dookie, but it's so goddamn ambitious, and they pull it off ridiculously well. Also, they didn't fucking hold back this time around. yeah, there are a bunch of more mid tempo and deliberate songs on here, but god damn were there some rockers that sounded as fresh as the first time i listened to dookie. i am so fucking happy about this album it makes me sick.

Anonymous (September 30, 2004)

I'd say seeing a classic band; let's say the clash, rancid, or nofx, with extra horn players, keyboardists, and back-up singers or any additional performers adds to the diversity of a live show and enables bands to perform more melodic or ska numbers such as in the "the decline", the trombone part played live by the black hornet, or rancid playing with steel drums for a song such as "coppers".

Bottom line, additional musicians at a live show simply allow for more variety and depth to a set.

Anonymous (September 29, 2004)

someone already did that for Kerplunk! .....so they say...

Anonymous (September 28, 2004)

Billy...... I would kill for u to invite me to thnksgiving at ur house this year!!!! i love you!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous (September 28, 2004)

I prefer The Gamits

boldredletters (September 28, 2004)

i prefer pinhead gunpowder.

Anonymous (September 28, 2004)

I agree, they could work with the venue to charge less. Usually that's done by sponsorship, a la Weezer's Yahoo tour, and the Honda Civic Tour, etc. That's how you get tickets cheaper, but then everyone screams "Sellout!" and still people complain. Keep in mind though, 35 bucks is cheaper than most other concerts you'll go to where the main act has sold close to 75 million albums. Metallica ten years ago was a 50 dollar ticket (Green Day on Insomniac tour 17 bucks), and they toured with bumfuck Corrosion of Conformity, they played places the same as Green Day is now. Dave Matthews Band? Try to find 35 dollar tickets to one of his shows. My point being, it's not cheap to see Green Day, but it's cheaper than seeing acts of comparable popularity.

Rob

Anonymous (September 28, 2004)

I stilll think bands should write songs that they can fully perform live by themselves.......having extra musicians isn't bad on a record, but greenday does it a LOT on american idiot - sometimes with three guitar parts.

And listen, im not bashing greenday, i love the new album and they are defintely an influencial band in the genre (not the roots), so please can't we all just get along and agree to disagree?

also, if you're a band as big as greenday, you could have venues charge less if you REALLY wanted them to. maybe if they toured with someone other than nfg and sugarcult, i'd consider buying a ticket

thank you

Anonymous (September 28, 2004)

I dunno if alot of you people know this, but Green Day doesn't charge 35 for the ticket. The venue charges 35 for a ticket, because they know they can get it. Green Day is given what is called a "Guarantee" to play a show, and then the venue charges the ticket price to make their money back and then some off the show. So calling Green Day "punk rock" to charge 35 bucks is bullshit. Some of you people need to learn how all this shit works before you start complaining about shit being the band's fault. There are so many other things that go into paying for a show, especially with all of the extra musicians. Ye.

Anonymous (September 28, 2004)

i like at the drive in.

Anonymous (September 27, 2004)

Please point out to me exactly where in the review it talked about dialouge between the reviewer and other people and drinking soda?

Anonymous (September 27, 2004)

The new album's good-- but is it just me, or does it sound like a technically simpler and less interesting version of NOFX's "The Decline?"

Anonymous (September 27, 2004)

quit quoting shit you wouldn't know unless you saw "high fidelity" you fucking posers.

Anonymous (September 27, 2004)

score is for the review. "hey i waited outside for so long and saw all these people and then so-and-so came up and we talked for a while and i had some soda later blah blah blah oh yeah, green day played or something." talk about the band, dumbass. no one gives a shit how you saw some 10 year olds with their parents.

Anonymous (September 27, 2004)

"the CD that in my opinion is the essential punk rock album for people born during the mid to late '80s, Dookie"

People born in the late 80s would have been all of 6 or 7 years old when Dookie came out.

Anonymous (September 27, 2004)

unless u saw the pistols live u cant talk

so stop tlaking

Anonymous (September 27, 2004)

"if bands only wrote songs that they could play live, then Nevermind the Bollocks wouldn't exist, cos the Pistols couldn't play their instruments for shit. Not taking anything away from the Pistols, cos it was the energy that made them great, but it was a stupid comment."

This has been exposed time and time again as a total fallacy, it's been widely proven that jonesy was a great guitarist, and the rythm section was tight as fuck, so speak of what you know, not what others would have you believe.

-pacer

Anonymous (September 27, 2004)

"I heard that television and still little fingers and the stooges and all those guys, totally learned everything they know from billy joe"

I imagine you mean Stiff Little Fingers and in that case I know that Green Day gets a good amount of influence from that band. Green Day is mainly influenced by The Clash and Stiff Little Fingers so to say that STF learned everything they know from Billy Joe is completely backwards.

Anonymous (September 26, 2004)

"Hah kids are hilarious.... "Everyone likes something... SO I FUCKING HATE IT" Kids these days dont know where there punk rock roots are from"

yeah bro, green day are totally the roots of punk rock. I heard that television and still little fingers and the stooges and all those guys, totally learned everything they know from billy joe

Anonymous (September 26, 2004)

was the reviewer suppose to list each song one after another... you know the set list..fool

Anonymous (September 26, 2004)

i love the g unit cd.

Anonymous (September 26, 2004)

"Terrible review. I agree with the guy below. I think it's pathetic that bands need extra musicians to come on stage and play. If you can't play the songs live without extra musicians, then don't write songs that require more members than you band has."

-- if bands only wrote songs that they could play live, then Nevermind the Bollocks wouldn't exist, cos the Pistols couldn't play their instruments for shit. Not taking anything away from the Pistols, cos it was the energy that made them great, but it was a stupid comment.

sciulli (September 26, 2004)

A review of a show where a band plays a whole CD from front to back and you only mentioned three songs off of the said CD?

Anyways, I would happily pay $35 to see GD in a small venue playing what has become in one week one of my favorite albums ever.

And for the people complaining about them being a three piece... well you guys are just whiny bitches.

Anonymous (September 26, 2004)

for all the green day haters. why bother reading a reveiw on a band you hate so much, and then just bash them? i know i dont read about bands that i dislike just to diss them!

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

Hah kids are hilarious.... "Everyone likes something... SO I FUCKING HATE IT" Kids these days dont know where there punk rock roots are from

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

i agree with the guy who said that he pictured you in blue but is more partial to the red

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

Terrible review. I agree with the guy below. I think it's pathetic that bands need extra musicians to come on stage and play. If you can't play the songs live without extra musicians, then don't write songs that require more members than you band has.

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

to the reviewer - if you're gonna review just the show, review the show. dont give me the story of how u waited in line to get tickets - no one gives a shit. this was a terrible review, you should quit life

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

i pictured you in blue but i'd have to say i'm more partial to the red

boba_fett (September 25, 2004)

i wish i coulda been at one of those shows, but it pisses me off when a band has to have extra instruments added just to do a show.

if you're a three piece band, do music that works with three people.

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

Meh... Bad boring ass licking review, too much of a fan review. Plus Green Day would be a hell of a lot better live if they skipped some of the fake applause shit and played more songs... remember, the reason people came to see them? no... ah forgeddit.

-pacer

aahhhh (September 25, 2004)

did tre sing rock and roll girlfriend?

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

Green Day is so punk rock, they charge $35 a ticket.

I think that's really lame.

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

really good review. i wish i couldve seen one of these shows. i love this band

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (September 25, 2004)

Sounds like a good show. The 'heyyy--ooos' get really boring really fast, though.

AmericanIdle (September 25, 2004)

Green who?

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

I hate this band.

-Chinatown

recordings (September 25, 2004)

you guys are whiners. ever hear of the phrase *leave 'em wanting more*? obviously they did. and if they play 20 mins or 2 hours id still think its worth it. you wont see many bands better than them live.

slight nitpick: BJ's old blue guitar aint a fender strat. its a fernandes copy of a strat. does it matter? no. but im feeling fanboyish today.

TheOnetrueBill (September 25, 2004)

NightProwler said everything I could have. It was a good time, but shoudlv'e been so much better.

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

To the person a few comments down, this reviewer didn't mean Green Day never played smaller venues. He meant he himself had never seen them at a smaller venue, ya fuckin' turd burglar.

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

To the person below this, no. For the launch of the new album, Green Day decided to do a smaller venues tour first where the main focus was to play the new album in its entirety, before going out on the larger tour with NFG and Sugarcult, where I'm sure Green Day's set will be the usual mix of old and new.

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

Were these the shows with Sugarcult and NFG?

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

I like how this fucking idiot, believes that all the've ever played are stadiums. Every band has to come up from somewhere assbag.

TheNightProwler (September 25, 2004)

That's why I was so pissed off that they only played an hour and a half cause this was only a four show deal and these were all special because of them playing their new album & the show being in a small venue.

Seriously if your only going to play an hour and a half for a show that costed me $34 then you could have at least gotten a decent band to open for them...

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

1 1/2 hours? In July they played for about 3 hours over here in Cali. It was a secret show $10 FUCKING DOLLARS!
Now that my freinds was sweeeeeeeeeeet.

TrailerParkJesus (September 25, 2004)

God damn, I wish I saw the NYC show.

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

To "The night Prowler" I posted this review and you are right I did put down the wrong song however the reason for that is because I was going through my Green Day play list and accidently copied and pasted the wrong song name (as to not have a spelling error) So I am an idiot and accidently posted the wrong song. For that I suck.

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

I'm I the only asshole that thinks Green Day hasnt put out anything decent since "Dookie"?

Big_Guy (September 24, 2004)

"as well as your frat guys who I??m sure still pop in Dookie in between their Dave Matthews band and G-Unit CDs."

Oh man, such a true stereotype

TheNightProwler (September 24, 2004)

[b]The band didn??t let up as they kicked into ??Brain Stew? followed by the fast and energy filled ??Platypus (I Hate You)? from the Nimrod album[/b]
That is wrong; after "Brain Stew" they played the song "Jaded" which is right after "Brain Stew" on the album Insomniac. Boy if your a Green Day fan then you just made a big mistake right there.

Also I just want to add that the show started a half an hour late and even though it was a really good show and the new album sounded excellent live, it just seemed like something was seriously missing from the show cause they didn't come back out after the Queen cover to play anymore songs. The crowd was shouting for "Basket Case" and the whole crowd felt dissapointed when Green Day didn't come back out. Some didn't even want to leave right away as the crew was taking down the stage cause they just couldn't believe that Green Day didn't come back out to play one or two more songs.

It was a really good show but it was too damn short (only an hour and a half) for it being such a special moment.

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

great review....i tried to get tix for the show out here in ca. but it sold out before the guy could even look it up.

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

the tickets sold out in 30 seconds to this show

atleast thats how fast it took at my ticketmaster outlet

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

oh, and there's nothing wrong with dave. carter is one of the best percussionists out there. G-Unit blows, but it's all about kanye baby.

jamespastepunk (September 24, 2004)

Someone else put up a review of this show. Good to see.

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

this band makes me cum. billy, fuck me fuck me FUCK ME!

if not, i'll settle for you, adam.

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

God, I love this band.

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