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10 Green Day Songs We Want to Hear on Their 2016 Tour

Start taking some notes, Mr. Armstrong. We have a number of requests

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    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.

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    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.

    –Michael Roffman
    Editor-in-Chief


    “I Was There”

    Album: 39/Smooth
    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.
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    “Rest”

    Album: 39/Smooth
    Shake Up With: “Christie Road”

    Would anyone besides the casual Green Day fans really complain if they double-dipped into 39/Smooth? Hardly. Not that Green Day are in short supply of slow burners or ballads these days, but damn would it be sweet to hear this chugging chunk of distortion. It’s admittedly a pretty sloppy song, and a far cry from their more polished blockbuster days, but Armstrong’s gone a long way as a singer, and he would no doubt elevate the melodies within this one. Try and picture him singing “Angel … Angel!” and not get chills. Add that to the two-guitar charge of Armstrong and fourth member Jason White, and you’ve got yourself a little moment. One that should fulfill the duties of their wonderful and nostalgic walk down “Christie Road”.

    Last Played: Apparently, they haven’t nuked this sucker since Poland 1991. Wow.
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