Gunk up your hair and throw on your chucks because Green Day are back. After a minor setback, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool are hitting the road for the first tour in support of their forthcoming album, Revolution Radio.
Considering their first leg finds them swinging through more intimate locales — you know, like New York’s Webster Hall over the city’s colossal Madison Square Garden — it’s very likely they’ll be tailoring their sets to such comfy confines.
It wouldn’t be the first time. For years, the Oakland rockers have surprised their fans with smaller pop-up shows, and that’s when they’ve traditionally reworked their setlists to include the rarer stuff from their oeuvre.
Who knows if they’ll do the same this go-around, but that hardly stopped me from tossing in my two cents. Hell, I even went the extra mile and recommended which staples they could shake up with these additions.
You’re welcome, guys.
“I Was There”
Shake Up With: “Going to Pasalacqua”
Don’t get me wrong. “Going to Pasalacqua” is one of my favorite songs by Green Day. It’s just that the 39 “hit” has floated around their setlists over the past five years, almost as if to say, “Hey, we remember our early days.” Well, prove it, guys. “I Was There” would be a more than sufficient stand-in every other night, and it would be nice to hear how it sounds with Tré Cool. Lyrically, there are few songs more prescient for the aging punk rockers: “Looking back upon my life/ And the places that I’ve been/ Pictures, faces, girls I’ve loved/ I try to remember when.”
Last Played: Okay, so they did revisit the track in Cleveland last year with original drummer John Kiffmeyer, but that was a one-off appearance, the same way it was a one-off appearance back in 2010 in Costa Rica. Outside of those two performances, it hasn’t been a staple since the ’90s.