On their new album Revolution Radio, Green Day stepped back, reassessed things and stripped their sound back to everything we know and love them for.
Gone are the concept albums, the thick plot lines and general more is more approach, and here returns the swell of passion, the fiery politics and the unmistakable identity.
So what does the new record tell us about the Revolution Radio tour which hits Auckland’s Vector Arena next May?
Taking lead from 2009’s 21st Century Breakdown, Green Day’s last sell out tour, Revolution Radio is still packed with big heart. This time it’s even more direct though, which suggests their stage show could follow suit.
Tracks like Bang Bang and Somewhere Now will most definitely require confetti canons, elaborate tech and frantic stage choreography, while the slower pace of New Outlaws and Ordinary World makes way for some seriously spine-tingling crowd participation.
It’s songs like Still Breathing and Too Dumb To Die which really see the trio throw back to the understated, no-frills nature that pre-dated 2004’s American Idiot.
Of course anything goes at a Green Day show in 2017, but if Revolution Radio has taught us anything, it’s that Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool aren’t here to play games.
Troubled Times promises to be something truly unforgettable and we’re predicting bold stage production that makes fierce political statements, while the brazen graffiti that decorates their promo shots and videos will set the tone for the stage.
New tracks aside, here’s a few old favourites we can’t wait to hear live.
Wake Me Up When September Ends
Jesus of Suburbia
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams