Green Day with Special Guests Catfish & The Bottlemen Pack The Riverbend Music Center
A three hour road trip to see one of the most widely recognized bands from the past two decades would make for the road trip of the year! Driving to Cincinnati I listened to all the classics and some of my own personal favorites that weren’t technically considered hits to the airwaves but were to me.
The Riverbend Music Center was packed to capacity for a show that would be remembered for years to come. First up to the Riverbend stage were Britain’s own Catfish & The Bottlemen.
Billie Joe greeted us all and asked us if we knew the enemy as they grinded out their hit “Know Your Enemy.” About mid-way through the song, Billie Joe asked Cincinnati if anyone else knew the song, so he invited up a female fan to help him open the show.
Excited, happy, overwhelmed, freaked out? It didn’t matter, she was on stage with Green Day! Then Billie Joe ssng right beside her as he played along and gave this girl a memory of a lifetime; she was sent back out to her viewing area in style via an enormous crowd surf back to her spot!
With a loud pop, Green Day started things off with a huge bang. Fans were screaming and reaching over me and all of the crew in the pit trying to get even a fingertip to Billy Joe and Mike’s hands. “Bang Bang” was our next trip into the world of Revolution Radio. Crazy ass riffs and smooth bass ignited everyone’s inner punk and rock out to this now classic hit from the veteran band. We got more than a taste of the current release in Revolution Radio as Billie Joe told the Riverbend crowd how beautiful they were as they all sang along. We even went back in time with American Idiot’s hit “Holiday” (one of my personal favorites).
Moving right along we were all walked down the boulevard of broken dreams all the way to a Dookie favorite “Longview.” Running up and down both sides of the stage like he has never missed a beat (because he hasn’t), Billie Joe brought up yet another fan; a young boy who helped the guys finish up this jam at the front of the stage and even swearing along each lyric in true rock and roll fashion/ This kid’s parents win for coolest parents of the year award!
“Put your fucking cameras away man,” said Billie Joe with a smile. “If your looking at me through a camera phone, you’re not looking AT me, and I love you guys, so look AT me, because we’re going to have some damn fun. You can’t have fun with a phone in your hands. I love you okay, now let’s get crazy!”
Things got really exciting when the crowd was asked if anyone knew how to play three chords. Of course hands stayed up as the Billie Joe finally picked a young 11-year-old girl named Sadie.
“How long have you been playing?” asked Billie Joe, and from her seat she put up two fingers. “Two years? Alright fuck it, get your ass up here on stage!”
Sadie made her way up with the help of the event staff at Riverbend and quickly ran over to give the biggest hug a young fan could. Listening to what she was being told and where to put her fingers, she quickly started to play right along to an Operation Ivy song, “Knowledge.” 11-year-old Sadie was on cloud nine, and after she shredded with her favorite band, Green Day even let her keep the guitar she has just played! Talk about a memory!
Green Day began a smooth and savvy “Careless Whisper” jam while winding things down for a bit; everyone in the band eventually ended up on the ground during the medley part of our show.
Billie Joe also included his thoughts on what is going on in the world.
“You get one life man, you get one life and that’s it,” explained Armstrong. “And you have those days where you don’t wanna get out of bed and the world is getting to ya, maybe you’re going through a breakup, maybe you’ve lost somebody, maybe you just can’t stand the world and you can’t stand reading the news. But just remember… life ain’t pretty man. But if you hold onto it, life can get pretty beautiful.”
Check out Green Day on the Revolution Radio Tour and see the dates below to get your ticket to an unforgettable show!