Pop punk heroes Green Day have announced a run of dates for this summer in support of their most recent, chart-topping album, Revolution Radio. Included in those dates is a stop at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, for an outdoor experience that Green Day fans all around Cincinnati should be ecstatic about.
Green Day is coming off of a very successful 2016. Revolution Radio, the band's twelfth studio album, was their third to top the Billboard charts. The album also garnered positive critical reception from publications such as Kerrang! and Rolling Stone. With all that momentum, plus a very tense political climate, it should be a perfect opportunity for a must-see tour from Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre`Cool.
In 2004, the release of American Idiot was something of a catalyst that brought Green Day back into the forefront of musical discussion. It was a politically charged album that took to task the decisions of then-President George W. Bush's administration.
Since the election of Donald Trump as president, the band has already made their anti-Trump stance known. At the American Music Awards, held last November, they broke out in a chant of "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA" during the performance of their song "Bang Bang." It gained them quite a lot of attention, and the band refused to apologize for their impassioned message.
That kind of fervor and passion is what rock 'n' roll is made of, so fans in Cincinnati should be excited to see what Green Day has in store for their concert at Riverbend. Not only are they likely to play songs off of Revolution Radio and American Idiot, but they are also likely to play songs from older albums like Dookie and Nimrod.
One of the biggest appeals of Green Day is that their sound is rather diverse, so fans can appreciate different songs for different reasons. If they fully embrace the diversity of their catalogue and perform ballads like "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" along with snottier punk songs like "Basket Case" and politically-charged anthems like "American Idiot," it will be a very invigorating show. Fans in Cincinnati can also hope for fun bonuses like covers of other artists and multiple encores.
Even as the members of Green Day approach middle-age, they are showing no sign of slowing down or acting their age. They have as much punk energy as ever before and have shown they can command a stage and our attention. When they come to Cincinnati this summer, it is guaranteed to be a show to be remembered.
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Sunday, August 20
Riverbend Music Center