Review and photos: Green Day bring out the hits at the St. Pete Times Forum
No one gets the "sell-out" tag tossed at them faster and harder than a successful punk band. And no punk band is more successful than Green Day.
Or, if you're one of the boobirds, "Greed Day."
But for all the crowd participation, hometown shout-outs, fiery 'splosions and special effects at their live shows -- cliche stuff that drives the old punk guard batty -- Green Day, when all is said and done, remains a vital, robustly profane crew, our best challenger for challenging times.
For two hours and a half hours and more than 25 songs at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa on Monday, a jacked-up, dying-to-please Green Day sent 8,572 fans both young and gray into hand-waving, sing-along hysterics.
Intricate chunks of 21st Century Breakdown were played with awesome vigor (including the Queenly Before the Lobotomy and 21 Guns). They also dipped into 2004's Grammy-gobbling American Idiot for incendiary anti-war anthem Holiday and the title track. And they finally got around to earlier hits like Longview, which eventually featured a gaggle of lucky fans rocking the big hit onstage.
To read the rest of Sean Daly's concert review, click here. And click here for five more bonus thoughts from Sean. And after the jump, get more photos of Green Day in concert at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.