When I found out that Green Day was going to go on a tour of select cities as they prepared to release their new album “Revolution Radio”, I did what I usually do to get in on the pre-sale. I joined their fan club and got the code…for $20, why not?

Originally scheduled for Wednesday, September 21, their concert at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, was postponed due to the illness of several band members. The new date worked out in my favor, landing on a Sunday night in the midst of Cubs fever on October 23. It also gave me a few weeks to soak in the new songs when the album was released on October 7 (as a fan club member I got a digital download of the album for free).

The night of the show, winding my way from the end of the long line to the entrance of the venue, then dancing along to the opening band Dog Party (very reminiscent of Go-Go’s punk), all of us attending the sold out show were so ready to see Green Day…the wait was over.

When they hit the stage, you would never think that Billy Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool, and Mike Dirnt have been rocking out for at least 20 years. With all their energy and enthusiasm with the audience, they were as eager as the fans were to be there. They played their collection of songs for over two hours and didn’t miss a beat or a bang, bang. Any fan of Green Day was not disappointed that night.

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