Green Day Performs at Talking Stick Resort Arena on “Radio Revolution Tour”

On Wednesday March 1, Green Day played an unforgettable show at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. Their tour titled “Revolution Radio Tour” followed the release of their newest and 12th studio album, “Revolution Radio.”

Green Day was formed in 1989, by members Billie Joe Armstrong (lead vocals, guitar) and Mike Dirnt (bass guitar) with current member, Tré Cool (drums) joining in 1990. Their underground punk sound quickly spread throughout their hometown of Rodeo, California, and by their 1994 release of their album “Dookie,” they were quickly becoming one of the most influential punk bands of their time.

“…when he pointed at me and told me to get on the stage, my mind was all over the place. When I finished playing and walked off stage, the entire venue was chanting my last name, ‘Halliday! Halliday! Halliday!’ and I got chills. It was sick.”

–Junior Kenzie Halliday

Since then, releases of “American Idiot” and “21st Century Breakdown” brought them to the top of the charts with iconic singles such as, “American Idiot,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends” and “21 Guns.”

“Green Day has a few different sounds, there’s something for anyone really,” junior Kristopher Wilson said. “Their old stuff from the early/mid 90’s was really punk, but their music from the late 90’s was a lot ‘nicer’ in a way.”

Over the years, the band’s sound has gone from underground pop-punk to full-out rock opera. With their new albums, came brand new sounds. “Revolution Radio” was released on Oct. 7 of this year and included many of their traditional political punk undertones as well as some new rock and roll influences.

“Their early/mid 2000’s music was sort of alternative and more like ballads with a little punk,” Wilson said. “Their last few albums have just been pure rock and roll. It’s all great.”

Green Day kicked off their “Revolution Radio Tour” this winter with their first U.S. show in Phoenix on March 1. The show was both nostalgic and revolutionary. The band played previous songs as well as ones off their newest album. They stopped to speak to the crowd many times throughout the night, with the addition of a few political statements along the way.

The show was very personal, and the band even called three fans on stage, one of which was Red Mountain High School junior Kenzie Halliday. Halliday was hand-picked from the packed crowd to play the second half of the song “Knowledge” on stage with the band, even getting to keep Armstrong’s personal guitar.

“When Billie asked for a guitar player, my mind was thinking ‘there’s absolutely no way he’s going to spot me raising my hand and pick me,’” Halliday said. “But when he pointed at me and told me to get on the stage, my mind was all over the place. When I finished playing and walked off stage, the entire venue was chanting my last name, ‘Halliday! Halliday! Halliday!’ and I got chills. It was sick.”

Throughout the years, Green Day has been a band of political passion, aggression and punk rock music. “The Revolution Radio Tour” perfectly portrayed sounds of the band’s musical histories as well as debuts.

Performing at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, Billie Joe Armstrong ends the show with the song “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life).”    

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