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Green Day / Jimmy Eat World / Against Me!

Green Day/Jimmy Eat World/Against Me!: live in East Rutherfordlive in East Rutherford (2005)
Green Day

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Going to your first "concert" more or less in three years is a very, very strange and unsettling experience. In the summer of 2002, I'd attended that year's Pop Disaster, which, as many of you may recall, featured the two biggest names in pop-punk, Green Day and Blink-182, with Saves The Day on supp.


Going to your first "concert" more or less in three years is a very, very strange and unsettling experience. In the summer of 2002, I'd attended that year's Pop Disaster, which, as many of you may recall, featured the two biggest names in pop-punk, Green Day and Blink-182, with Saves The Day on support for my area of the stop. It was at Jones Beach Amphitheater, a rather large, outdoor venue perfect for hosting the giants of the genre, and while I enjoyed the concert immensely, it would be my last one of that size for a long time. By the time I'd seen Rise Against a month later or so, I was basically settled into the habit of seeing bands up close and personal in intimate nightclubs and moderately sized bars. Imagine straying from that setting for nearly three years, only to be thrown into what's essentially the largest scale possible: an NFL stadium. Every little detail made it the perfect metaphor for moving from a small, rural, one-horse town to the busiest city in North America; the 60,000 parents, college students, and fresh-faced, Green Day shirt-clad youngsters were the same people swarming about the city sidewalks; the hundred or so kranky employees running the several dozen food stands were the same ones weaving yellow taxis in and out of bustling, smokey streets; the circular upper tiers making up the top of Giants Stadium were the same as the buildings tall enough to make any remotely curious passerby crane their neck to view the skyward architecture. To go from clear visibility of the performers you've paid to see, to watching Tic Tac-sized objects dance about a stage a quarter mile away is a mindblowing deviation. If I'd been living in and out of whistlestops for three years, East Rutherford, NJ's Giants Stadium was indeed my abrupt reentrance to the big city.

As such, watching openers and personal favorites Against Me! take the stage was outright bizzarre. Tom Gable's face adorned the fifty-foot, perhaps plus, screens as he ruggedly sang the lyrics for cuts such as "Problems" and new single "Don't Lose Touch" (both taken from the forthcoming Searching For A Former Clarity) and "Sink, Florida, Sink" (2003's As The Eternal Cowboy). Six others were played, with a majority from SFAFC, but it seemed as if very few in the crowd knew the words to past material, so composing a set list for this show probably wasn't too stressful. The band didn't seem to crack under pressure, playing focused and readily audible through the gigantic sound system the Meadowlands provided the Gainesville four-piece. While the majority of the crowd probably went home without even the band's name making a lasting impression in their respective minds, I at least enjoyed myself, if not in a really awkward fashion.

Jimmy Eat World was, well, Jimmy Eat World. If you like JEW, you'll like JEW live. If you love JEW, you'll love JEW live. I've come to realize that sugary emo pop-rock of this kind can grate on me a bit with too many tablespoons following another, but the band provided an enjoyable set of tunes, with Jim Adkins looking tense at all the right moments as if a music video was being shot on site. "Sweetness" and "The Middle" got some good reactions.

And then it was time for a ridiculous display of light and sound with Green Day's set. Things kicked off with "American Idiot" and "Jesus Of Suburbia," fireworks going off as the song came to a close. During any fast moments, a guitar-less Billie Joe would run rampant across the stage. "Holiday" (with the necessary intro "this song is not anti-American, it is anti-...war!" *cue fireworks*) and "Are We The Waiting" followed shortly thereafter. "Longview" kicked off the band's foray into older material, which eventually ended up including "Basket Case," "Hitchin' A Ride" (complete with a cover of the Isley Brothers' "Shout" in the bridge), an enjoyable rendition of "She" and "Brain Stew / Jaded" among others. As usual, BJ had total control of the crowd, commanding the usual round of "hey-oh!s" and "uhh-ohh!s". They never left the tips of his fingers, which the audience couldn't have appreciated much after BJ threw his hand down his pants, carressed his crotch vigorously and moaned in pleasure (the video screen closed up on this action to make sure we were all aware of just what his hand was doing). Dry-humping the floor didn't come until the "a little bit softer now" / "you been so good to me" bridge in "Shout." During another bridge, BJ brought out the water hose to spray the audience with, bringing up what had to be the goofiest looking kid in attendance to help out. "St. Jimmy" provided one of the more 'punk rock' moments and allowed BJ to really run up and down the sides of the stage. Additionally on stage with the band was 2nd guitarist Jason White (Pinhead Gunpowder, the Influents), Jason Freese on keys and trumpet (I'm almost positive this is Josh's brother), and several other fellows handling the brass section for "King For A Day" and "Knowledge." Speaking of which, during their requisite cover of the OpIvy classic (which very few in the crowd seemed to know the words to), they did the usual, bringing up three members of the audience to play the instruments for the breakdown of the song. Surprisingly, a 30-year-old-ish woman was chosen for guitar (she performed admirably, as did the drummer who seemed to hit even all the double-taps well, while the bassist was competent if not a bit sloppy), and subsequently given it after the song. After "Minority" masqueraded as the end of things, the encore involved a pretty shocking kick-off with "Maria" (one of the International Superhits! "bonus tracks"), which only one person seemed to know the lyrics to, with "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams," and then the arena rock pseudo-wrapup in Queen's "We Are The Champions." After all the on-stage equipment was given the rock star treatment (destroyed), a lone guitar remained, and BJ on the stage all by his lonesome played "Good Riddance" to close it out, unto which a 5-10 minute fireworks display were given.

My initial thoughts in that introductory paragraph weren't the least bit exaggerated, as this turned out to be the largest North American show Green Day has thus played in their 16 years of a band. So while it was enjoyable to never be moments away from complete dehydration and always within short reach of fresh oxygen, and relishing the opportunity to leave sweat-free, it was still weird to have the intimacy of a club show stripped right from me. But in the very least, it was a solid trio of acts, and it was interesting to see the opener(s) on a scale that large.

 

 
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Anonymous (May 23, 2006)

ahh. i agree with every positive in the review. i went and it was byfar one of the best experiences of my life. my local newspaper wrote a review, saying that billie joe's masterbation session was in "bad taste, given the substantial number of preteens in the audience." pssh. i'm sure EVERYONE got off their seats when he began. =]

whatsername7287 (November 8, 2005)

The show was amazing, who cares if they play the same set list? they are a decent band with some decent if not amazing songs...if they repeat em..whats the difference, i'm sure you do the same on your CD player of I-pod when your fav. song plays...its a stupid reason to stop going to their shows b/c they play the same exact same thing...all the more reason to remember...and when you actually experience the show..its awesome.

Anonymous (September 12, 2005)

I'm sick of always seeing stereotypical angry "punk" high schooler comments about Green Day not being punk and selling out because they play a bigger show than what we are used to. They have too many fans now and a smaller show is just not possible anymore. So either be happy to see them where they do play or petition for them to play at small clubs that will sell out in 5 minutes and tickets will be available on ebay for $500 a piece. If you don't like it then just don't go. Have your mom drop you off in her van at a smaller show were you can be more punk and your trucker hat and tie can be proudly displayed. Jackasses.

yayforapathy (September 11, 2005)

what the fuck are you talking about. "Faggot" is a perfectly acceptable insult no matter what age you are. The hard "g"'s and the hard "t" help it to carry an impact of high insult value. if he called you a "stupid head", then you might have a point. but he didn't, so you do not.

fucking faggot."

Homopohbia is hillarious isn't, you fucking asshole. People like you need to take a course in tolerance 101.

Anonymous (September 11, 2005)

You guys are all fucking tools.

Kellen Dwyer
Olean, NY

Anonymous (September 8, 2005)

"Faggot? What, are you still in middle school or something? Grow up."

what the fuck are you talking about. "Faggot" is a perfectly acceptable insult no matter what age you are. The hard "g"'s and the hard "t" help it to carry an impact of high insult value. if he called you a "stupid head", then you might have a point. but he didn't, so you do not.

fucking faggot.

- R

RiseAbove (September 8, 2005)

"I hope AM fucked with green day"

Like they did with Taking Back Sunday?

sirens (September 8, 2005)

I hope AM fucked with green day

Anonymous (September 8, 2005)

Mark from Guttermouth and I go to the same middleschool! ha ha

SenorRefresco (September 8, 2005)

Faggot? What, are you still in middle school or something? Grow up.

Anonymous (September 8, 2005)

thye were only nominated for basket case at the 94' grammys not dookie nice try faggot

Anonymous (September 8, 2005)

They should do a 21 tour and play stuff from 1,039-insomniac.
That would be the shit

mclz (September 8, 2005)

good show

i enjoyed am! set the most probably

Anonymous (September 8, 2005)

RiseAbove was offended by that comment.

Anonymous (September 8, 2005)

no more green day reviews please, it's pointless to keep repeating how they do they exact same thing with supersoakers, etc and play the same fucking setlist every damn night with nothing that wasn't pre planned.

Anonymous (September 8, 2005)

"the fact that Against Me! is now opening for Green Day is absolutely insane. Does anyone remember these guys pre-Axl? what happened?"

HEY! GROW UP! GET REAL! IDEALS ARE FOR LITTLE KIDS AND POSER PUNX.

Globalization punx to the max,
Will

Anonymous (September 8, 2005)

"They never won a dman thing for dookie and it is a classic."

They won the 1994 Grammy for Best Alternative Music Performance for Dookie.

Nice try.

Also, keep ripping on the band for not playing songs from a dozen years ago that very few in the audience will recognize. That makes a lot of sense.

Anonymous (September 8, 2005)

Green Day played "2000 Light Years Away" at Reading 2004, but this was just before American Idiot came out. That show was actually very cool, they covered the Ramones, Buzzcocks and The Clash too. Now they just play the same damn show every time.

Joe

Anonymous (September 8, 2005)

the fact that Against Me! is now opening for Green Day is absolutely insane. Does anyone remember these guys pre-Axl? what happened?

RiseAbove (September 7, 2005)

damn, my spelling sucks... thought out

Scruffy (September 7, 2005)

It's not because it's cool to do so on this site.
For me, it's because I really like Green Day, and I was really let down by their concert. Yeah, to some degree, it's complaining, but, to some degree, I want to warn other honest Green Day fans that they probably won't want to go.

RiseAbove (September 7, 2005)

"Half of the comments are just fucking stupid. As in written by a junior high kid on his parents' computer. Reminds me of "kids who used to live for beer and speed now want their fries and coke.""

Good job being a hypocrite, your comment was really well thoughout and is totally necessary.

Anonymous (September 7, 2005)

Half of the comments are just fucking stupid. As in written by a junior high kid on his parents' computer. Reminds me of "kids who used to live for beer and speed now want their fries and coke."

Anonymous (September 7, 2005)

"Wait, I don't get it. Just why exactly is everyone complaining about Green Day's live show?"

Because it's cool to on this retarted site. Welcome to "punk".

Anonymous (September 7, 2005)

They don't play 2000 Lightyears anymore, or any songs off of Kerplunk! for that matter. Although, it is fun to see Green Day live, but not necesarily for the band themselves. It goes something like this:
First five songs are from American Idiot (Twelve year old girls in audience scream like they're watching Fucking Nsync)
Then they go into old stuff from Dookie-Warning (Not screaming anymore, but still smiling like idiots; some sing along to the words they do know)
Op Ivy cover (Blank stares; no one will know the words but you)
Go back to American Idiot (Screaming begins once again; all is well with the world)

RiseAbove (September 7, 2005)

Score for the people who paid for overpriced tickets.

Anonymous (September 7, 2005)

That is like the same setlist from pop disaster. Without all the American Queer songs..
They probably don't even play 2000 light years anymore....
Fuck em

Anonymous (September 7, 2005)

American idiot is like dookie 10 years later we were those twelve year olds....
Except Dookie wasn't complete garbage..
I still can't believe they are winning Grammys and VMA's.
They never won a dman thing for dookie and it is a classic.
Must be the eyeliner that got into Billie Joe's brain.

wehavecomeforyourchildren (September 7, 2005)

if green day just put on a regular show without pyrotechnics or destroying every instrument every night, i'll bet the money saved would be enough to end all the problems of the world.

or

if green day donated all the money they make on tour i'll bet it'd be enough to end all the problems of the world.

or

i still like green day. let them have their fun. crazy kids.

Anonymous (September 7, 2005)

The ones complaining about the same show bullshit just need something to complain about.

Anonymous (September 7, 2005)

what a gaytastic show

Anonymous (September 7, 2005)

this was the worst fucking "show" i've ever been to.... the last time i saw green day is when dookie first came out and i remember them being pretty damn good.

my wife dragged me to this giants stadium thing cause she said that i had to see how awful they've become (she saw them last year in atlantic city with her friends)...

I can honestly say i didn't believe her. I mean I'm not a huge green day fan but i don't hate them either. BUT JESUS FUCKING CHRIST THEY SUCK NOW. billie joe is so fucking lame. he had the crowd do the wave and kept yelling "new fucking jersey" to get cheap applause. the whole damn show catered to the lowest of the lowest common denominator. we left when they started their cover of "shout" (apparently for all the frat boys in attendence).

they need to give it the fuck up. mike durnt is the most boring bassist i've ever seen live, and tre cool is more concerned with making stupid faces at the cameras that fucking drumming.

i guess if i was a 12 year old girl i would've enjoyed it more or at all.

Scruffy (September 7, 2005)

And people who post anonymous insults and somehow find a connection between being a self-admitted grammar nazi and liking crap like Dave Matthews are funny. Or do you think I like Dave Matthews because I said I went to college? Ha!

Anonymous (September 7, 2005)

did someone just say american idiot sucks?

Anonymous (September 7, 2005)

people who come on to messaage boards to pick apart grammar need to stay in their dorm room and whack off to dave matthews band videos fucking poser fag

inagreendase (September 7, 2005)

but how bad do you suck at music and shows if the only two shows youve been to in 3 years is the pop disaster shit and this?

You completely misread. I've gone to somewhere around 100 shows or so in that timespan, all sized no bigger than large indoor venues / bars / etc. The only arena-sized concerts I've attended in that same span are this one and Pop Disaster.

Anonymous (September 6, 2005)

i only read the first couple sentences, but how bad do you suck at music and shows if the only two shows youve been to in 3 years is the pop disaster shit and this?

psychoos231 (September 6, 2005)

This score is for The Living End's live shows

Scruffy (September 6, 2005)

It's "would HAVE" not "would OF".
Sorry to be the grammar nazi. Usually I try not to. But that mistake drives the English major in me up the frickin' wall.

Anonymous (September 6, 2005)

The last good tour these guys did was with the Living End.
Green Day's tour is probably sponsered by Maybeline mascera, verizon, and yahoo.
American Idiot is such a bad cd I wish they would of quit after superhits. Maybe they will try to put out another insomniac now that their fanbase is 12 year old boys

Anonymous (September 6, 2005)

lame

Scruffy (September 6, 2005)

I can honestly say that, while Green Day still sounds awesome live, their show is my least favorite thing about them.
I'll admit, to be right up front when Billie Joe does his call-and-response-with-the-crowd shtick would be sweet, but when you're in the middle of the stadium up in the seats, and it's the fifth time he's done it in two hours, AND he spends a good 5-10 minutes doing the Dey-o's EACH time, AND you realize the show would only be an hour if he wasn't doing it, you start to get irritated.

boba_fett (September 6, 2005)

i just saw them on monday here in montreal. i saw them in november too... the best part is that i could predict when they were gonna do specific things. its the exact same show as in november. that doesnt mean that its not awesome though, i still had a blast.

joeg (September 6, 2005)

Green Day has been playing the same show for 5 years now...and i don't mean the setlist

-there's your answer

SenorRefresco (September 6, 2005)

Wait, I don't get it. Just why exactly is everyone complaining about Green Day's live show?

psychoos231 (September 6, 2005)

Green Day played a 3 hour show over in Socal last year. :)

Anonymous (September 6, 2005)

It's ironic.

All the money at the Green Day concert that would have gone to setting their instruments on fire...

...got put into setting up elaborate fireworks displays that might potentially choke their fans and set the fans on fire a la Great White.

Either way, Green Day is playing with fire.

Cruz Bustamante
Lieutenant Governor
State of California

longshot (September 6, 2005)

yeah, it'll never happen. but wouldn't it be nice to see green day play a 21 only tour with a setlist composed of absolutely no radio or tv hits. I guess i just i want to see "Who Wrote Holden Caufield?" live before i die.

Anonymous (September 6, 2005)

I hate sounding like 'the old guy' but I saw Green Day years ago right when dookie came out right before they blew up. I've seen them several times since then and I stoped seeing them.

Green Day is now a greatest hits band live. You will almost never hear anything that hasn't been a radio main stay. It's sad, but whatever.

Anonymous (September 6, 2005)

I'm sure the idiots here bitching about Green Day's same show for x number of years have a much better show themselves.

Oh wait.

-that's like, a really retarded argument. i guess you can never ever critique any band's performance if you've never been in a band yourself then huh?

Anonymous (September 6, 2005)

Tom Gabel*

lushj (September 6, 2005)

Score's for the review- good stuff!

Benjamin_ (September 6, 2005)

"I'm sure the idiots here bitching about Green Day's same show for x number of years have a much better show themselves."

My god, what a totally lame and irrelevant thing to say.

Anonymous (September 6, 2005)

I'm sure the idiots here bitching about Green Day's same show for x number of years have a much better show themselves.

Oh wait.

Benjamin_ (September 6, 2005)

I didn't see the show, but why the hell would Against Me! wanna open for these jerk-offs?

blinkrules (September 6, 2005)

when i went there were kids around me that didn't know the words to Basketcase and Longview. Only highlight was that they played Maria which no one knew. They need a new act and setlist

Anonymous (September 6, 2005)

this review gave me a headache.
-TOBB

threechordsandthetruth (September 6, 2005)

Green Day must be making a ton right about now. I can't think of any other explanation as to how they can justify playing the same show for the last 6 years (not including a few songs off American Idiot) to themselves. I'd be bored out of my mind.

Anonymous (September 6, 2005)

Heather in Tight Leather Emergency Rooms totally killed Jimmy Eat World.

Hey, looking at the what the initials spell! I'm so fucking whitty and hungover I could shoot myself!

SenorRefresco (September 6, 2005)

Against Me! playing in a stadium totally compromises what is so great about their live show. Oh well, I just hope they had a good time.

Anonymous (September 6, 2005)

Green Day has been playing the same show for 5 years now...and i don't mean the setlist

Anonymous (September 6, 2005)

I couldn't even imagine playing to that many people.

I also couldn't imagine being green day and playing the same exact fucking show every single night, doing the same gimmicks for years.

They are good live, though.

stevejonestherealbones (September 6, 2005)

what the fucks SH going on about down there?

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

gladimnotemo (September 6, 2005)

Why would you even go to a stadium show? The idea is just awful.

psychoos231 (September 6, 2005)

Replace JEW with the Souls and that would be quite the fucking show

Dante3000 (September 6, 2005)

Wait for the AM! backlash and the "RAR" quotes. Yeah, the basements are our arenas alright. People are funny.
-Dante
P.S. I like JEW but I'm not really one of the people who care about labels or popularity someone explain to me how even most elitist punks seem to accept JEW?

TheOneTrueBill (September 6, 2005)

That's cool that they played "Maria." I love that song.

I got free tickets to the tour last fall with NFG and Sugarcult. It was a really predictable show (I knew the set list from a message board, and it was almost exact) but I still have a shitload of fun. It was my first experience in an arena and something I don't want to do again, but it wasn't horrible.

maverick (September 6, 2005)

Referring to Billie Joe as BJ is just plain weird. Dude's name isn't BJ; it's Billie Joe. You never abbreviate someone's name like that; shit, man.

I hope Against Me! had video cameras filming their experience, as I would love to see a second DVD from them solely about this. I imagine it was quite surreal. Let's just hope they didn't try to take any of Jimmy Eat World's ice.

-Scott

Sally_Field (September 6, 2005)

This is about seven of my reviews put together.

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