I grew up listening to Green Day. Not necessarily by choice, but because my sister Alyssa is a die hard fan. She is the kind of fan that owns every piece of Green Day merch possible, would sell her soul for concert and pre-orders two copies of a new album in case one scratches.
For years, she's told me magical tales of seeing Green Day perform live, so I couldn't possibly pass up the opportunity to see the band play a private album release show at the gorgeous iHeartRadio Theatre. With a capacity of only 450 people, it is a state-of-the-art intimate venue that is one of the best places in Los Angeles to see a show, and it was a privilege to see an artist as iconic as Green Day there.
And on Friday night, I became a Green Day believer. They kicked off the evening with a 15 minute Q&A, and then quickly got the hour-long show underway. It was a full sixty minutes of a band that hasn't lost any energy over the last 30 years, playing both the new record, Revolution Radio, and the hits that established them as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band. Perhaps most impressive was the age range of fans, spanning from teenagers to retirement age. That's when you know you've done something right with your career.
Lead singer Billie Joe barely paused to talk, but when he did, he made a few political comments that garnered huge cheers from the crowd. He is utterly charismatic in every move he makes and every word he speaks, and the band is incredibly tight musically after all these years, proving just why Green Day has sustained in spite of personal or professional challenges.
Green Day is finishing up their sold out club tour right now, but they take on bigger U.S. venues starting March 2017. Check out the upcoming dates here.
And don't forget to watch the video stream of the Green Day Release Party on iHeartRadio.com/watchATT on Friday, Oct. 21 at 9pm ET/PT. Subscribers can also watching on the AUDIENCE Network.