Green Day breaks social barriers at State Farm Center


Hannah Auten

Green Day performed at State Farm Center on Tuesday. The band played an ecclectic set and inspired social progression throughout the show.

By Meral Aycicek, Staff writer

Green Day, an American punk rock band, performed at State Farm Center Tuesday. The concert was a part of their Revolution Radio tour which celebrates their twelfth album, “Revolution Radio.”

The stadium filled with fog and lit up with green lights to celebrate the band.

The show kicked off at 7:30 p.m. with the opening band Against Me! Lead singer Laura Jane Grace screamed, “Hello, Champaign!” and began singing “True Trans Soul Rebel.”

Gender transition was a big theme in the band’s set, as Grace herself is a transgender woman. Before the fourth song, Grace said, “This song is about gender transition!” The crowd roared and started clapping along during the band’s tenth song, “I Was a Teenage Anarchist.”

“Real quick, before I forget, thanks for having us, especially thanks so f—— much to Green Day. First show I ever went to was a Green Day show!” Grace said.

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The band performed their final song, “Black Me Out,” thanked the audience again and left the stage to thunderous applause.

There was a 30 minute break from 8 – 8:30 p.m. Bohemian Rhapsody rang over the speakers and the crowd sang along.

“Blitzkrieg Bop” played and a person in a pink bunny costume ran on stage to dance and pump up the crowd.

Green Day took the stage at 8:30 p.m. Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong screamed, “Champaign, Illinois! Say hey-oh!” The audience responded with “hey-oh” and the band performed “Know Your Enemy.”

“Everybody stand up! This is not a f—— tea party. This is rock and roll baby!” Armstrong said.

The second song was “Bang Bang,” and was followed by “Revolution Radio.” There was fire shooting from cannons on stage and the blasts of heat were felt throughout the stadium.

“Do you want to start a revolution? Champaign! This is Revolution Radio!” Armstrong said.

The fourth song, “Holiday,” was one of the most popular of the night. Armstrong said the song was about America. Mike Dirnt, the bassist, had a solo in the middle of the song and that got the crowd screaming.

“I just wanna see everybody here go f—— crazy!” Armstrong said. “No more racism!” The crowd responded with “No!”

Green Day performed “Letterbomb” and “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.” During these songs the crowd waved their phone flashlights. The atmosphere during the second song was nearly peaceful.

The band kicked it back to their roots and performed “Longview,” “Youngblood,” “2000 Light Years Away” and “Hitchin’ a Ride.” The band’s hits “When I Come Around” and “Minority” were well-received by the crowd.

Halfway through the setlist, Armstrong paused to introduce the members of the band. Following the introductions, the band performed “The Waiting,” “St. Jimmy” and “Knowledge,” an Operation Ivy cover. These three songs were different and refreshing.

Armstrong asked the crowd for a volunteer who could play the guitar. A woman was pulled on stage and Armstrong taught her the chords. Armstrong said she could keep the guitar.

Toward the end of their set, Green Day played a mash-up of “Shout,” “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” and “Hey Jude.” They played the last three while all of the band members were laying down on the stage.

“I like the weirdos. I like the freaks. I like the strangers. We all come from a bizarre f—— up background. So we came here tonight to be bizarre and f—– up together,” Armstrong said. “Thank God for Champaign, Illinois.”

The twenty-second song of the night was “Still Breathing,” which received a more emotional response from the crowd.

“Thank you so much for coming out and thanks for the past 30 years of being into Green Day. It seems like forever. This song is called “Forever Now,” Armstrong said.

“Forever Now” was the last official song on the setlist and it ended with not one, but two bangs. Green Day left the stage but the crowd kept cheering for minutes after.

The band returned for an encore and performed “American Idiot,” one of their most famous songs, and “Jesus of Suburbia.” The crowd sang the beginning of “American Idiot” and Armstrong screamed, “F— you, Donald Trump!”

For the last two songs, it was only Armstrong on the stage with an acoustic guitar. He played “Ordinary World” and “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).”

“I hope you had the time of your life,” Armstrong sang to the crowd.

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