Few bands can survive the constantly shifting landscape of the music industry as long as Green Day has. Since 1990 the band has been producing some of the post-punk’s greatest hits. Accredited as one of the few bands to bring punk music back into the mainstream. Their discography features classic songs like “Basket Case”, “American Idiot” and “Good Riddance”. Even now their tracks – old and new alike – receive frequent radio play.
Growing up in the early 2000s was an interesting time. It was the same period when CD’s and CD players would vanish and get replaced with iPods. My fondest musical (and some of my earliest) memories came from this era. Going to the public library with my siblings and picking out a couple CDs from the rack. This led to my discovery of “American Idiot”, my first Green Day album and my first exposure to punk-rock. The influence it had on my life is tremendous.
There’s always something so satisfying about artists making bold-political statements to the tune of a catchy radio song. It’s the ultimate statement, it’s so powerful that it reaches millions of listeners around the world, helping to shed light on injustices on a mass scale. Governments and media around the world pick and choose agenda’s on the behalf of the populace, punk-rockers like Green Day reveal the true concerns and motivations that citizens perceive as worth fighting for.
Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong has commented on his early life led by then-president Nixon. He’s been abundantly clear about the band’s disdain for George W. Bush Jr. during his two controversial terms as President. These guys clearly can’t stand authoritarian politicians, which would naturally lead to the trip to starting a chant, “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA” during a performance in 2016.
Fast forward to 2020, it’s been nearly 4 years since the group has put out a project. If I’m being honest I haven’t listened to much of their work since “21st Century Break Down” (2009) – the same album that featured the single “21 Guns”, a song I truly despise – at a certain point, I think I lost respect for the group because they’re grown-ass men portraying themselves as eyeliner wearing teenagers. Regardless, I think the forthcoming album, “Father of All Motherfuckers” has the potential to change this impression of mine. These guys are punk rock legends after all, and regardless of how old they get they still have the musical talent that got them to where they are today. As a fan, I’m cautiously optimistic to hear a more mature and refined Green Day with this upcoming album.
Green Day is going on their “HELLA MEGA” Tour in early 2020. With them, they’re bringing massive bands – Fall Out Boy and Weezer. For punk and alt-rock fans, this is the show you can’t miss.
Green Day Hella Mega Tour 2020 Dates:
7/17 – Seattle, WA @ T-Mobile Park
7/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Oracle Park
7/24 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park
7/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dodger Stadium
7/28 – Commerce City, CO @ DICK’s Sporting Goods Park
7/31 – Arlington, TX @ Globe Life Field
8/1 – Houston, TX @ Minute Maid Park
8/5 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium
8/6 – Jacksonville, FL @ TIAA Bank Field
8/8 – Atlanta, GA @ SunTrust Park
8/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Field
8/13 – Chicago IL @ Wrigley Field
8/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PNC Park
8/16 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
8/19 – Detroit, MI @ Comerica Park
8/21 – Washington, DC @ Nationals Park
8/22 – New York, NY @ Citi Field
8/24 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
8/27 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
8/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park