CRITICS RAVE OVER EARLY SHOWS IN SEATTLE AND VANCOUVER
Burbank, CA- Reprise Records’ Green Day launched their North American tour with a bang over the holiday weekend with shows in Seattle on July 3rd and Vancouver on July 4thand the rave reviews are pouring in. Take a look at what critics are saying about the first two shows on the multi-platinum band’s first proper tour of the United States and Canada in more than three years.
Rolling Stone: “As if releasing a wave of energy that had been building up during their four-year hiatus from touring, Green Day poured all their heart and soul into a powerhouse two-hour set.”
SPIN: “The band’s relationship with its audience is disarmingly real, a cross-generational give-and-take that’s as punk as any Gilman Street scroungers today.”
Seattle Times: “There are few bands that can hold an audience from the front of the stage to the bleeders the way Green Day can.”
Seattle Weekly: “Green Day is clearly a band intent on giving people their money’s worth and thoroughly enjoying themselves in the process, which are ultimately the most important ingredients for a satisfying arena rock show.”
The Province: “Full points to the production values on this baby. Constant ‘statement’ visual montages played across the giant rear screen all night. A never-ending array of drum-triggered strobes and follow spots galore did exactly what good stage design should: It made everything epic.”
Vancouver Sun: “This reviewer’s throat felt like grated up mozzarella by the end of that final encore, it was worth every single holler. Every single yelp and whistle. Every ear-splitting minute of it. It was an awesome Independence Day show, f-bombs, fireworks, punk ‘tude, anthems and all.”
Green Day, which is singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool, are touring in support of their eighth studio album 21st Century Breakdown, which has recently been certified gold by the R.I.A.A. Produced by Butch Vig, 21st Century Breakdown was released by Reprise Records on May 15th, 2009, and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, as well as on the Rock, Active Rock, and Alternative charts. The album, which has already spawned the Alternative radio hit singles “Know Your Enemy” and “21 Guns,” also topped the charts in 24 countries including the UK, Canada, and Japan.