As the sun went down behind the Showground stands at Sydney’s Olympic Park, Soundwave headliners Green Day took to the stage. This was the band that most in the crowd had come to see. Finally, the main event had arrived!

The boys kicked things off with ’99 Revolutions’ before launching into ‘Know Your Enemy.’ The opening part of the show was frenetic. However, they did slow things down with ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ and ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends.’ Old favourites ‘Longview’ and ‘When I Come Around’ got things going again and had the crowd jumping up and down like it was 1994.

All in all, the set was quite varied. It touched upon much of their eleven studio albums and featured a number of covers including a few bars of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Rock and Roll’ and AC/DC’s ‘Highway to Hell.’

Dressed all in black, a shaggy haired Billie Joe showed Australia that he hasn’t lost any of his punk spirit, preaching to the punters about disorder and a ‘world in chaos.’

However, this performance is so much more than the average punk rock gig. More than most, Green Day really know how to put on a show.

For much of the time, Green Day perform as a six piece. Short punchy tunes turn in to long jams and feature saxophone solos. Billie Joe fires t-shirts in to the crowd and pulls audience members on stage to sing and play guitar.

In what resembles a pantomime, Billie Joe, dressed in a coat and top hat, even leads the audience through a medley of quirky covers including ‘Shout’, ‘Jessie’s Girl’ and ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.’ Tre Cool even takes to the front of stage to do the Can Can!

Green Day round out their set with ‘Minority’ before returning for an encore which featured ‘American Idiot’ and ‘Jesus of Suburbia.’ After nearly three hours Billy Joe ends the night with an acoustic rendition of ‘Good Riddance.’

Yesterday’s performance shows Green Day have come a long way since they hit it big with ‘Dookie’ all those years ago. From California punk trio to one of the biggest stadium rocking bands in the world!

— David Thomas

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