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PICS: Green Day at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

Hope you had the time of your life: Punk-rock legends Green Day brought their Revolution Radio tour through Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on Sept. 13.

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The punk band, touring in support of their latest album “Revolution Radio,” was in fine form at the huge Wednesday night show.
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It was their second 2017 stop in San Diego -- and fans couldn't have been happier about it.
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The band was formed in 1986 in Berkeley, California by singer/guitarist Billie Joe (BJ) Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt. Both were 14 years old at the time. Drummer Tre Cool (pictured) replaced former drummer John Kiffmeyer in 1990.
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The band -- along with peers Bad Religion, the Offspring and Rancid -- has been instrumental in reviving punk rock interest in mainstream music culture. (Bassist Dirnt pictured)
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Armstrong (pictured, left) has had a lifelong obsession with music -- recording his first song at age 5. Since then, he’s become one of America’s biggest-selling songwriters and commercial successes, landing single after single on the rock music charts.
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After early releases on indie punk label, Lookout! Records, the band signed to Reprise Records and released their major label debut, “Dookie,” in 1994. It would go on to sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S.!
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The band followed it with 1995’s “Insomniac,” 1997’s “Nimrod,” and 2000’s “Warning” – all reaching platinum or double-platinum status with the RIAA. (Tre Cool pictured)
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After four years, the band emerged with a slightly toned-down sound with their rock opera “American Idiot,” which cemented them as one of the greatest rock bands in the world – selling more than six million copies in the U.S. and resulting in huge singles like its namesake hit, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Holiday,” and “Wake Me Up When September Ends.”
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That's longtime touring guitarist Jason White! He's actually got a rad rock band of his own called California -- check 'em out!
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Following the band’s eighth studio album, “21st Century Breakdown” in 2009, they released three (!!!) albums in September, November and December of 2012, appropriately titled: “¡Uno!,” “¡Dos!,” and “¡Tre!”
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Green Day has sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, and won five Grammy Awards over the years. Not bad for a little punk band from the East Bay, eh?
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During the show, the group even invited up a youngster up onstage to join in the fun. Talk about an unforgettable show!
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On April 18, 2015, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.
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The band powered through at least 27 songs during its April 8 show, starting off with: "Know Your Enemy," “Bang Bang,” “Revolution Radio,” “Holiday,” “Letterbomb,” “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Longview,” “Youngblood,” and “2000 Light Years Away.”
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Up next was: "Armitage Shanks," “Hitchin’ a Ride,” “When I Come Around,” "Welcome to Paradise," “Minority,” “Are We the Waiting,” “St. Jimmy,” a cover of Operation Ivy’s “Knowledge,” “Basket Case,” “She,” “King For a Day"...
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Followed by a medley of covers that featured George Michael's "Careless Whisper" into “Shout,” into “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” then the Rolling Stones' “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” and finally the Beatles' “Hey Jude.”
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The set was finished off with “Still Breathing” and “Forever Now.”
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But they weren’t done. Encore No. 1 featured “American Idiot” and “Jesus of Suburbia.” And encore No. 2 wrapped up the show with an acoustic rendition of "Wake Me Up When September Ends” and “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).”
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