Concert Review: Green Day at Pinkpop Festival 2017

“King for a Day” and a medley of different sing along tunes from “Shout” to “Hey Jude” gave the band the opportunity to go a little crazy. The festival crowd loved their shenanigans, but it was apparent that everyone was getting a little tired. You could definitely feel that most of the people in the audience have been on their feet for several hours and the long interruptions in the middle of the songs (e.g. during “Hitchin’ a Ride”) didn’t really help. Even though I always love seeing the crazy and funny side of Green Day, they could really shorten this part a bit and maybe play an additional song instead.

Revolution Radio‘s strongest tracks “Still Breathing” and “Forever Now” had the energy quickly at its peak again. Both songs are just incredible live – they are emotional, extremely authentic, have great sing along parts and you can see how much the band loves playing those songs. Tré Cool in particular was visibly touched after “Forever Now”. Watch pro-shot footage of the tracks below:

After a short break, Green Day were back with their biggest hit yet “American Idiot” and the masterpiece “Jesus of Suburbia”. The latter was probably my personal highlight with “Forever Now”. It’s just awesome to see all those kids going crazy, passionately screaming the lyrics of the deeply emotional track. That song just goes straight to the heart. I hope they never stop playing it. 

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Melissa Wilke

Editor-in-chief | After two years in PR, I now work as an Account Manager in an advertising agency in the beautiful city of Duesseldorf. I’ve been blogging for 7 years on several websites and started working as a freelance writer for music magazines in 2013. I believe in the social value of music and its power to change the world for the better. My favourite bands/artists are Green Day, Enter Shikari, Linkin Park, Marmozets, SWMRS, Lana del Rey, Paramore, Foo Fighters, Nirvana and too many more to list them all.

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