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Photography: Green Day Live

Photography: Green Day Live

Californian rockers Green Day returned to the UK for their first shows since 2013, rounding out this first leg with an mammoth, incendiary 30-song set at London’s O2 Arena. Here is some of the great photography from the night.

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

The rock trio, supported by an extended band, opened the night with 21st Century Breakdown lead single Know Your Enemy.

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

A fan was pretty much immediately pulled up on stage to sing with the frontman before reluctantly stage-diving into the crowd.

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

Armstrong motioning to the fan to take her running leap of faith.

Mike Dirnt of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

Mike Dirnt of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

Bassist Mike Dirnt shared front of stage with frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.

Tré Cool of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

Tré Cool of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

Revolution Radio cut Bang Bang saw the black stage backdrop drop to unveil a burning radio image from the album’s cover artwork.

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

 

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

Armstrong took plenty of time to visit the crowd further away from the stage using a short catwalk.

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

The 44-year-old frontman, still nimble enough to run around and take jumping leaps around the stage.

Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

Green Day bring the pyro early (Kalpesh Patel)

While fireworks went off during the first two songs, the new album’s title track had the flamethrowers fired up, literally!

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

 

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

 

Tré Cool of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

Tré Cool of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

 

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

All members of the band tried to catch some air during the set, Armstrong and guitarist Jason White above and drummer Tré Cool below during a rare escape from his kit:

Tré Cool of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

Tré Cool of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

 

Billie Joe Armstrong & Jason Freese of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

Billie Joe Armstrong & Jason Freese of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

Some set pieces were thrown in, of course. During King For A Day, Armstrong used a t-shirt cannon to fire shirts into the crowd, a water cannon to spray the crowd and saxophonist Jason Freese donned ancient Egyptian headgear to break out into a rendition of Wham! hit Careless Whisper.

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

Armstrong often handed over vocal duties to his audience.

Mike Dirnt of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

Mike Dirnt of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

 

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (Kalpesh Patel)

The night was rounded out with solo acoustic renditions of Revolution Radio cut Ordinary World and hit single Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) by Armstrong.

Read Polly Cantle‘s full Live Review of the show over here.

Photography  by Kalpesh Patel. Kalpesh has more music photography up on his flickr stream here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/somethingforkate

About The Author

Kalpesh Patel

I’m a London-based photographer and writer specialising in live music photography, portraits and concert reviews. I also love travel photography and snowboarding, so have managed to damage a fair amount of equipment trying to shoot while boarding or hanging off cliffs! I shoot gigs as often as I can, I drink coffee every day.

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