PICS: Green Day at Valley View Casino Center

Welcome to paradise: Green Day and Against Me! delivered a one-two rock & roll punch to San Diego on April 8 at Valley View Casino Center.

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The punk band, touring in support of their latest album “Revolution Radio,” was simply firing on all cylinders at the huge Saturday night show.
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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 replaced former drummer John Kiffmeyer in 1990.
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As you can tell, for some, seeing Green Day live and in concert is nearly a religious experience. The band -- along with peers Bad Religion, the Offspring and Rancid -- has been instrumental in reviving punk rock interest in mainstream music culture.
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Fellow punk-rockers Against Me!, led by frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, opened the show. Talk about a one-two knockout punch of a lineup!
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Armstrong (pictured) 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.
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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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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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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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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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The band powered through at least 27 songs during its April 8 show, starting off with: “Bang Bang,” “Revolution Radio,” “Holiday,” “Letterbomb,” “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Longview,” “Youngblood,” and “2000 Light Years Away.”
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Up next: “Hitchin’ a Ride,” “When I Come Around,” “Burnout,” “Waiting,” “Minority,” “Are We the Waiting,” “St. Jimmy,” a cover of Operation Ivy’s “Knowledge,” “Basket Case,” “She,” “King For a Day,” and a medley covers that featured “Shout” into “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Careless Whisper” and “Hey Jude.”
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The set was finished off with “Still Breathing” and “Forever Now.” But they weren’t done. Encore No. 1 featured “American Idiot” and “Jesus of Suburbia.” And encore No. 2 wrapped up the show with “Ordinary World” and “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).”
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Against Me! got their start back in 1997 in Gainesville, Florida, and was formed by singer/guitarist Laura Jane Grace (pictured) as a solo act.
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After adding musicians and some lineup changes, the band found itself signed to Fat Wreck Chords and released their second album, titled “Against Me! as the Eternal Cowboy,” in 2003.
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After 2005’s “Searching for a Former Clarity,” and a live album in 2006, they signed to Sire Records for 2007’s “New Wave” -- featuring their first charting single, “Thrash Unreal,” which reached No. 11 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart.
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The band’s April 8 set included the following songs: “True Trans Soul Rebel,” “333,” “Haunting, Haunted, Haunts,” “Unconditional Love,” and “Pints of Guinness Make You Strong.”
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They were followed by “Rebecca,” “Delicate, Petite & Other Things I’ll Never Be,” “Dead Friend,” “Crash,” “I Was a Teenage Anarchist” and “Black Me Out.” Also: Who could forget the pink bunny dancing to the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Pop” before the show!
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