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The Independent in San Francisco, CA
April 07, 2009
  • Secret show
  • Recordings for this show can be found here
  • South By SF: "When the email came through announcing that Green Day was playing the Independent (a 500-or-so capacity venue in San Francisco) that same night, I bought tickets before I could consider whether I could actually go. How did I get the email fast enough to buy tickets? I thank Blackberry push email. Thanks Blackberry! When I arrived, there was still a lengthy line at will call. There were folks walking up and down the line offering big money for tickets, but I decided $200 a ticket wasn’t worth both missing the show and the ribbing I would take from people for missing the show. (My price was going to be $500 a ticket, but I wasn't going to ask and no one was going to offer.) Besides, you wouldn’t be reading this if I had taken the money, and you - the readers - are very important. As expected the show leaned heavily on the material from the new album. Thanks to the photo above and Wikipedia, I was able to determine the likely song titles for everything they played. Of the new album material, the ones that really stood out to me were 21st Century Breakdown, East Jesus Nowhere, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, and the second half of American Eulogy. These are songs I hope become part of the standard Green Day repertoire. The only song I put in my notes as “lame” was Last Night on Earth. The song destined to be a pop single (if such things existed anymore) is Last of the American Girls. I’m looking forward to the album. I especially enjoyed the fist bumps, high fives and smiles being passed around the band as they got to the end of some of these songs. Since this show was basically an open rehearsal, it’s nice to see them happy they nailed it. At other times, they shrugged at each other, which I took to mean 'we’ll get it next time.' As for me, I couldn’t tell the difference. It all sounded tight and awesome. After playing the closing song from the new album, the band left the stage, only to be called back for an 'encore.' Since I could see the setlist from where I was standing, I knew they had a lot of material left to play. It looked to me more like a list of songs they were working on than an actual setlist, and this turned out to be the case, as stuff was played in a scattershot order with many things skipped and some requests taken. The show changed from being a rehearsal of their new material (which the crowd was wholly unfamiliar with) to being a non-stop barrage of perfectly played crowd favorites. The only song that felt like there were some kinks being worked out of was Macy’s Day Parade. If you look at the scribbled 'setlist' in the photo at the top, you’ll probably get an idea of the songs you can expect to be played on Green Day’s upcoming tour. Here’s some random show notes: I saw that the writer for the Oakland newspaper said that “press was barred' from this show. Someone’s feeling butthurt I guess because he couldn’t buy a ticket. The press is not barred from using Ticketweb. Boo hoo. After the first song, the band posed for cell phone photos, and then Billie Joe asked everyone to put away their phones. This was absolutely brilliant as everyone actually listened to him. It really did make the show more enjoyable as a spectator, too. Can every band please do this? I didn’t see anybody in line actually sell their tickets for the $100 bills being waved around in front of them. I’m proud of my fellow showgoers, and think that the excellent energy inside was due to the fact that people didn’t have some sense of entitlement for being there. For the most part, the crowd was energized and engaged, and that made the whole evening very enjoyable. And finally, my contacts tell me that there will be another Green Day show this week at the Fox Theater in Oakland. Join their mailing list, and don’t miss out."
Photos from San Francisco, CA
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1. Welcome To Paradise
2. 21st Century Breakdown
3. Know Your Enemy
4. Viva La Gloria!
5. Before The Lobotomy
6. Christian's Inferno
7. Last Night On Earth
8. East Jesus Nowhere
9. Peacemaker
10. Last Of The American Girls
11. Murder City
12. Viva La Gloria? (Little Girl)
13. Restless Heart Syndrome
14. Horseshoes And Handgrenades
15. The Static Age
16. 21 Guns
17. American Eulogy
18. See The Light
19. American Idiot
20. Jesus Of Suburbia
21. She
22. Christie Road
23. Bad To The Bone (George Thorogood cover) (Partial)
24. J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)
25. F.O.D.
26. Longview
27. Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?
28. Brain Stew (Partial)
29. Going To Pasalacqua
30. Macy's Day Parade
31. King For A Day
32. Shout (Isley Brothers cover) / Stand By Me (Ben King cover) / California, Here I Come (Al Jolson cover)
33. Minority
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