There comes a time in the life of every band of certain popularity when they have a different stage performance for every type of venue. There will be a set for intimate little clubs and one for festivals and everything in between. On Thursday, September 22nd, Green Day brought their festival performance to Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. The stunning performance was complete with a giant dancing rabbit, a fan joining the band on stage to help sing, and one joining them on guitar. There was pyrotechnics, lots and lots of pyro.
The Hard Rock performance saw the band sandwiched between a festival performance in New Jersey the previous week and another festival in Delaware a few days later (QRO preview). The seven-thousand-seat venue was absolutely filled with fans and with an oversized festival-worthy performance. This was vintage Green Day, just without a burning drumkit.
The evening opened with some piped-in music playing, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, and “Blitzkrieg Bop”, while a giant rabbit ran around on stage and interacted with fans and photographers. When the trio, along with three touring members finally took the stage, looking trim and well rested, they ripped into American Idiot, bringing the crowd to its feet. Two songs later a lucky fan was brought on stage to help sing the bridge of “Know Your Enemy”.
The evening continued with a rollicking setlist including a standout “Disappearing Boy” and a cover of The Isley Brothers’ “Shout”. The band was in rare form as they danced and strutted around the stage, chatting with the crowd and jamming their way deep into their catalog, finally ending with Good Riddance.
If this show is any indication of what’s to come, fans are in for a treat at Firefly and wherever else the boys show up to perform.
Know Your Enemy
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
Welcome To Paradise
2000 Light Years Away
Hitchin’ A Ride
Rock And Roll All Nite (KISS cover)
When I Come Around
Knowledge (Operation Ivy cover)
King For A Day
Shout (The Isley Brothers cover)
Wake Me Up When September Ends
Jesus Of Suburbia