Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ
March 11, 2013
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  • Phoenix New Times: "Phoenix is pretty damn lucky. We're one of three cities to host Green Day's intimate 'warmup' tour on the band's way to South by Southwest. It's a rare treat to see a band that came up in the clubs before graduating to arenas pack a smaller venue. It hardly felt like a stretching session for the band. It was Green Day's second show since singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong's stint in rehab, but the frontman was as kooky and energetic as ever. He seemed ecstatic to be back on stage after a five-month break, and Green Day played an airtight, nearly flawless two-hour set, keeping the crowd at its mercy with every 'hey-oh,' fist bump, and Armstrong-led arm-sway. This was Green Day at its finest. The band opened with the rousing, politically driven 99 Revolutions from last year's ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! trilogy, setting the tone for the rest of the evening. In spite of criticisms about the band selling out, Green Day has as much to say as ever, and continues to have a good time saying it. Armstrong pulled a young kid in a Ramones shirt on stage during Know Your Enemy. (Nice shirt, dude!) The kid enthusiastically chanted 'Do you know your enemy?' and shyly shook his head 'no' when Armstrong encouraged him to take a stage dive. He was eventually swayed, as he crowd-surfed toward the back of the venue with a huge smile on his face. Classic rock move, right? Green Day played two more tracks from the ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! trilogy before sticking to a hit-filled set. Armstrong said Arizona's mountains reminded him of The Thing, and dubbed our state the 'home of the rock monster.' 'Do you wanna start a fucking war?' Armstrong inquired to a sea of cheers that grew even louder as the audience recognized the opening strums of American Idiot hit Holiday. Fans enthusiastically echoed back every 'hey' and 'amen.' The lights dimmed and Armstrong guided a search light as he referred to the 'president of Arizona' and fans erupted into a fevered 'hey, hey, hey' at the end of the bridge. Following the album's format, the band launched right into an acoustic version of Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Before singing, Armstrong noted, 'You guys sure are better than Los Angeles,' as the lights once again dimmed and Armstrong led one of the many a cappella choruses of the evening. Next was Nimrod's Hitchin' a Ride, which still sounds fantastic 16 years after the album's release. Following that, Armstrong strummed Van Halen's 'Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love' and encouraged the crowd to shout song requests. Met with a flurry of Dookie requests, he added, 'Now only request heavy metal songs, thank you very much.' With a laugh, he added 'We play 'Crazy Train' all the time,' before launching into a medley of Metallica's Master of Puppets and Led Zeppelin's Rock and Roll, which transitioned surprisingly well into Brain Stew. It wasn't followed by Insomniac's fast-paced Jaded, though American Idiot's short and fast answer to that song, St. Jimmy, did just fine. Armstrong complained about the venue being hot and remedied it by spraying the crowd with a super-soaker. He switched artillery and brought out a toilet paper gun that would put Girl Talk's crew to shame. His last trick was firing a T-shirt gun that made the whole ordeal feel like a sporting event, especially as he launched an 'ole!' chorus before tearing into St. Jimmy. 'How many vintage Green Day fans do we have out there?' Armstrong asked to a chorus of enthusiastic fans. 'This song's from Dookie, it's called Burnout.' Things got even more old school as an unexpected performance of 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours' Going to Pasalacqua, followed after Coming Clean. The majority of the crowd seemed a little thrown by it, but there were plenty of dedicated old time fans singing every word. In the middle of Longview, Armstrong asked who knew the lyrics and said 'You gotta want it fucking bad' before bringing a whiny singer on stage to finish the song. The fan had his moment of rock glory as he threw his hands up and stage-dived into the crowd. After playing a couple more songs from Dookie (including a great rendition of She), the band donned wizard hats, Groucho Marx mustaches, and police hats for the pro-drag anthem King for a Day. Drummer Tré Cool popped out from behind his drum kit to parade around in a fancy hat and a pink laced bra. He did high-kicks as the band teased with The Isley Brothers' Shout. After a short delay, Green Day finished the cover and sank to the floor after a few 'a little bit softer nows.' The band shot back up to end the song, which transitioned into Ben E. King's Stand by Me and a rousing version of Minority, closing out the main set. The band quickly returned for a two-song encore of American Idiot and Jesus of Suburbia. It's unlikely that Green Day will ever play another show at Marquee Theatre, which is a shame because last night was the best Green Day show I have ever seen, and is now one of my all time favorite Marquee shows. In a post-American Idiot world, the band is too popular to realistically play another club show, but after last night, floor tickets are definitely a necessity for future arena shows."
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1. 99 Revolutions
2. Know Your Enemy
3. Stay The Night
4. Stop When The Red Lights Flash
5. Letterbomb
6. Oh Love
7. Holiday
8. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
9. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love (Van Halen cover) / Highway To Hell (AC/DC cover) / Master Of Puppets (Metallica cover) / Rock And Roll (Led Zeppelin cover) / Hitchin' A Ride
10. Brain Stew
11. St. Jimmy
12. Going To Pasalacqua
13. Burnout
14. Coming Clean
15. Longview
16. Basket Case
17. She
18. King For A Day / Shout (Isley Brothers cover) / Stand By Me (Ben King cover) / Hey Jude (The Beatles cover)
19. Minority
20. American Idiot
21. Jesus Of Suburbia
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