It’s been a crazy two weeks for Read Between the Grooves here in the City of Angels, and it got even crazier when Green Day announced a secret show, exclusively for fans at LA’s Echoplex on August 6th.
Tickets for the show went on sale at 10:00 a.m., with a slight time delay for sales. At that point, some had given up, thinking the show was sold out in under a second. However, many fans were determined, and some were lucky enough to get a pair of tickets. The band had made sure these were scalper-proof, making them only to be redeemed at the door, and non-transferable to anyone else in line. The line was so long, one can easily infer that people started lining up the moment they got a confirmation email.
Once inside, fans waited for an hour, and they were getting antsy. That was until the punk rockers from Oakland took the stage, opening with “Welcome To Paradise”. The 700 person capacity venue exploded – screaming the lyrics, taking photos, and even trying to grab for a memento – whether it be a setlist, guitar pick, or drumstick. Even some fans with a claim to fame – such as pop-punk rockers All Time Low and Nickelodeon star Drake Bell. The venue was small that Green Day’s infamous crowd interactions got even more intimate with the band playing crowd requests – such as the fan favorite and live show rarity, Christie Road.
Green Day also took the show as an opportunity to premiere new songs off of their soon-to-be-released album trilogy, “Uno! Dos! Tre!”, and fans caught on to those songs right away, whether they knew them or not. Their latest single, “Oh Love”, which has been taking over the airwaves one station at a time, had everybody in the venue singing. In our initial review of the single, we had felt the song was just “okay”. With the live performance, our viewpoint was given a complete 180. Other new songs that were performed included “Kill The DJ”, “Nuclear Family”, “Stay The Night”, “Carpe Diem”, “Stray Heart”, “Let Yourself Go” and “Wild One”. Those that knew the songs via youtube leaks sang along, and those who didn’t quickly caught on.
By that long list of new material, you’re probably thinking, “Did they just perform new songs and leave?”. However, any Green Day fan knows that their classics are a staple for live shows, and were definitely blended in there. Songs such as “She”, “Hitchin’ A Ride”, and “Brain Stew” were also performed, along with American Idiot favorites “Holiday” and “Give Me Novocaine”. Always proud to show their punk rock influences, they even played their cover of Operation Ivy’s “Knowledge”.
To close out the show, Green Day took the stage for their encore, performing their profanity-laced, “It’s F— Time”, from their side project, Foxboro Hot Tubs. The band left the stage, and fans began chanting once more for the band’s infamous dual encore. However, due to the venue’s restrictions, they were not allowed to perform past cut-off time. This, however, did not stop fans from searching the floor & begging stage crew for a piece of memorabilia from their favorite band until they were forced to leave.
Overall, Green Day proved they could make a secret show have arena-style energy while maintaining the intimacy of performing in a small nightclub on the edge of Los Angeles for their truest of fans.
Green Day’s first release off their album trilogy, “Uno!” will be available for purchase on Septermber 25th.
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