and it was the BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE! I’m an atheist but I would say it was almost a religious experience.

About 10 minutes before they were set to hit the stage Bohemian Rhapsody starts playing and the thousands of people in the Toyota Center scream, stand and start singing along. After that it was Blitzkrieg Bop and the drunk pink bunny was “thrown” onto the stage. At the end of that song “security” came back and dragged him off stage by a foot.

Then The Good, the Bad and the Ugly started and the crowd went nuts since that’s the band intro. About a minute or so into it the lights come up as the band ran onto stage.

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From the very start Billie Joe holds the crowd in his petite sweaty, incredibly sexy IMO, hand and he never lets go. He brings up a woman to play a bit of Knowledge and she is fantastic and she briefly nuzzles his neck and ruffles his hair and everyone fainted.

They were onstage for 2.5 hours and played 28 songs and the energy never lagged. I wasn’t on the floor but I stood the whole time obeying BJ’s every command to “jump, jump, jump” and “wave your arms in the air” and to sing. I sang every word to every song, loudly and probably badly, and I’ve never enjoyed strained vocal chords so much.

I’ve been to a lot of different shows but I’ve never seen a band having more fun or interacting with, and clearly in love with, their fans.

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 As a band that has been so vocal about resisting the current President and his administration, it was no surprise Green Day relied heavily on protest tracks from American Idiot and their latest record. At times, the performance veered from rally to religious revival to Las Vegas revue with a positive message of inclusiveness throughout. Armstrong launched into near sermons during several songs, imploring folks to fight against bullies, ignore the negativity of the media and embrace our differences.

“We are here together,” he said during “Letterbomb.” “It doesn’t matter what religion you practice or if you’re atheist, straight or gay. What matters is we’re here together.”

I had tears in my eyes most of the time and there were a few times I had to fight back actual sobs. Like when BJ told the crowd to put their phones away because he wanted to look in their eyes and vice versa and to connect without a screen in the way. The feeling of togetherness that I felt with the rest of the audience* was amazing. We were smiling at each other and I saw some hugs and hand holding during Still Breathing that seemed to be between strangers.

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*with the exception of the guys on each side of me. Noklew, who insisted on going with me even though he’s not a fan, and my brother, who I forced to accompany me. At least my brother stood about 50% of the time and made a few recordings.

TL:DR: The show was awesome and I wish I could live there and, as soon as I got home, I bought tickets to the September show in Austin.