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How was the Green Day live performance? Well, slightly greater than half of the attendees will say. Sensational, even. He left us exhausted, dragging us. How a lot enjoyable we had, what contagious impetus the Californian trio transmitted and the way we loved the decibels effectively embedded in infectious songs.

With the remainder of the general public, what occurred. That was one other story. The live performance was held within the parking zone of Madrid's Caja Mágica, in a paved space, with out stands: very lengthy and slender in comparison with the size of the terrain. What does this imply. It is advisable to be very cautious with the capability. Lots of people enter, in fact, however the visibility of these behind may be very restricted. Aware of this, the group put in a display in the course of the venue, when the stage may barely be seen, which projected photos of what was occurring on the stage. A display that in case you stood in entrance of it fully coated the stage. Conclusion: hundreds of individuals stood in entrance of this display with out seeing the true musicians. They sang on the display, they shook their fist on the display. Come on, they might have watched a video of the recital at residence with a strong sound system and would have saved the 100 euros of the doorway price. Furthermore, the sound didn’t attain this stretch of zero visibility with the specified energy.

A mirrored image, like this, with out giving it an excessive amount of thought: what if as an alternative of promoting 35,000 tickets (information supplied by the organizer) 15,000 had been shipped. With this fundamental concept, everybody who made a big funding to pay for entry would have witnessed the recital nearer to the stage, to expertise it intensely. But (alas), the earnings would have been lower in half.

Billie Joe Armstrong (left), Tré Cool (background, on drums), and Mike Dirnt (right), Saturday night in Madrid.
Billie Joe Armstrong (left), Tré Cool (background, on drums), and Mike Dirnt (proper), Saturday evening in Madrid. Rodrigo Jimenez (EFE)

Part of the issue was that the recital was bought as a competition (referred to as Road To Río Babel). It is feasible that the 35,000 folks distributed throughout 4 phases (as occurred per week in the past on the Tomavistas competition – this one -) would have been one thing else. But somewhat it was a Green Day live performance to which six different bands (The Hives, The Interrupters, Lagwagon…) had been added. But there everybody responded to the decision of the Californian trio. The folks, in fact, behaved like blessed ones, as a result of as an alternative of rioting they bought into festive mode and tried to take pleasure in themselves. “What do you do. “It is what it is,” someone said. Others, however, trumpeted his indignation: “If I know, I was left at home watching the Champions League final.” They were Madridistas. An audience of a wide range of ages. There was the fifty-something who vibrated in his early twenties with Dookie, the young people surrendered to the brio of the group and the forty-somethings with their seven, eight or nine-year-old children.

Musically, Green Day's show was a furious release of energy. The trio performed their two most emblematic works in full: Dookie, that celebrates three decades in 2024, and American Idiot, celebrating 20 years.

Curly blonde hair, slim build, fresh voice. This is how the leader of Green Day, Billie Joe, appeared last night at the Caja Mágica: sporting an admirable youthful appearance at 52 years old. They started with The American Dream Is Killing Me, song of 2024, and then they dedicated themselves to pleasing the public by performing the emblematic Dookie from beginning to end. What is Dookie? Well, the album with which you could say that you were punk (something that always confers a certain transgression), but from the comfort of a middle-class family. Virulent music with a pop framework. It was also the album that twenty-somethings clung to after the blow of Kurt Cobain's suicide (that same 1994): Dookie provided celebration in contrast to the hopeless message of the grunge.

It is true that when playing the album in order the surprise factor is lost, since the fan knows what is coming next. But is that Welcome to Paradise o Basket Case They have so much strength that it doesn't matter if you know exactly when they are going to touch each other. The drummer, Tré Cool, who showed off dyed blue hair, was precise and fun; and bassist Mike Dirnt, who delivered a recital of Sid Vicious-style grimaces, powered his bomber style with his instrument. Three other musicians accompanied the official shortlist: two guitarists and a keyboard player, who entered and left the scene according to the requirements of the song.

Audience attending the Green Day recital at the Caja Mágica.
Audience attending the Green Day recital on the Caja Mágica.
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Billie Joe inevitably likes him, as he acts as commander in the course of the two and 1 / 4 hours of the live performance. Almost all the time along with his blue guitar coated in stickers, he provides his instrument a severe beating, with that attribute sawing motion. And he reveals a variety of efficient gestures: he encourages the viewers to repeat “oeees”, he performs the guitar from the again of his head, he brings a lady out of the viewers to sing with him Know Your Enemy, improvise the chords Iron Man of Black Sabbath, the identical factor makes a paranoid face along with his eyes about to to migrate from his sockets that attracts a smile of a good-hearted hooligan… After 45 minutes of Dookie and three transition songs, an enormous hand appeared on stage with a grenade within the form of a bleeding coronary heart, an identical to the duvet of American Idiot, they usually attacked the 2004 album. And they returned to the celebration with their most political album, the place the trio proclaimed their boredom with the conservative insurance policies of their nation represented by the Bush administration. It was a continuous bouncing recital, designed to bodily exhaust folks.

But it led to a relaxed approach. Billie Joe was left alone, who with an acoustic guitar performed Good Riddance (Time of Your Life). At the top of the music there was a bathe of confetti they usually had been joined by chief Tré Cool and Mike Dirnt, just for the three to say goodbye. A wierd, however lovely ending.

For 45 minutes, folks had begun to file. Between how cool the evening grew to become and the difficulties of experiencing the live performance up shut, some determined to prematurely head again residence.

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