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.
The rock trio, supported by an extended band, opened the night with 21st Century Breakdown lead single Know Your Enemy.
A fan was pretty much immediately pulled up on stage to sing with the frontman before reluctantly stage-diving into the crowd.
Armstrong motioning to the fan to take her running leap of faith.
Bassist Mike Dirnt shared front of stage with frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.
Revolution Radio cut Bang Bang saw the black stage backdrop drop to unveil a burning radio image from the album’s cover artwork.
Armstrong took plenty of time to visit the crowd further away from the stage using a short catwalk.
The 44-year-old frontman, still nimble enough to run around and take jumping leaps around the stage.
While fireworks went off during the first two songs, the new album’s title track had the flamethrowers fired up, literally!
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:
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.
Armstrong often handed over vocal duties to his audience.
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