Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool, and Mike Dirnt have gigged stadiums and arenas across the world. They’ve headlined countless of music festivals. And with every tour, there’s been a mandatory Bay Area stop. However, the show this past weekend was different. It was the Coliseum. And it was a homecoming: More than 25,000 hardcore Green Day fans of all ages converged on the legendary venue to witness the Berkeley Punk Kids.
Armstrong said it best during an Instagram live chat a few hours prior to the show, when he reminisced of trips as a kid to go see the Green and Gold play at the stadium: “I used to take BART from El Cerrito to Oakland, playing at the Coliseum is a dream come true.”
The love for Oakland and West Contra Costa was felt throughout their two-and-half hour set. Dirnt is from El Sobrante, Armstrong is a product of WCC, and the band have close ties with the Athletics. There’s Green Day fireworks night, band members often throw out the first pitch, and the team will give away collector edition tees and hats. At their pop-up shop set at 1-2-3-4 Go Records!…
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