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GREEN DAY ROCKS GWINNETT

I just got in from shooting Green Day and Kaiser Chiefs, both cool bands that put on great shows. I got killer shots and am posting some quick edits for you. Its pretty late, so I’m going to crash and knock out my photo gallery and blog review in the morning. Enjoy these shots as a teaser and please check back Sunday noon. (UPDATE: Here’s the finished gallery.)

What did you think of the show? Where would you rank Billie Joe Armstrong as a frontman? For other concert photography linked to Access Atlanta, please visit RobbsPhotos.com for Atlanta Concert Photography Galleries.  by Atlanta Photographer Robb Cohen

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JB

August 2nd, 2009
8:49 am

Show was very solid. Nice mix of old and new, given the number of songs to choose from. Thought the crowd guitarist in the encore acquitted himself well.

Stookie

August 2nd, 2009
10:33 am

Green Day rocked it loud and hard. Loved the way they kept bringing people in the crowd on stage to perform withthem.

M

August 2nd, 2009
10:33 am

Too much of he cliche “rock star to crowd” arena type “HEYYYY HOOOO, arms in the air Atlanta” shananigans throughout the night. I did not need to be reminded I was in Georgia or Atlanta 20 times. This banter almost got to the point of annoyance and was distracting. Some songs dragged on with this junk. When they played, they were solid and nice mix of old and new. Crowd members on stage to play songs was nice at first, but got annoying as the night dragged on. I paid to see Greenday play, not some 16 year old from Gwinnett. OK show – Greenday are an arena spectacle now and just try a bit too hard for their own good.

Sandy

August 2nd, 2009
10:50 am

M–you sound like someone who has a very hard time having fun. You think “Greenday are an arena spectacle now”? What did they USED TO BE?

Kaylee

August 2nd, 2009
11:17 am

Green Day performed an awesome show. It was loud, balanced, and best of all, personal. By involving the audience, Green Day gave the crowd a unique performance that seemed like it was meant for them. The spontaneous “Scattered” request was a nice surprise for fans of older, lesser known Green Day.

Uncle Rico

August 2nd, 2009
11:20 am

I agree w/M….GD is a great band that put on a helluva live show.

But – too much emphasis on “show”, & not enough on “concert”.
they need to remember that not all of their fans are in the 14-18 age range.

I’m 37 & have been following GD since 94 (Dookie) when I was in college.
Saw them play a few times back at that time & they didn’t do hardly any of the on-stage antics & BS they did last night (saw them play 2 weeks ago in Boston too – same exact thing).

they simply rocked the place, had a lot of fun, & involved the audience in a few obligatory sing alongs.

Sandy – they used to be an in your face, we don’t give a sh%t what you think, semi-punk band that smoked a ton of weed & put on a great concert.
now they’re performers who wear black eye make-up & cater to 15 yr olds who think they’re “rebels”

Angry White Man

August 2nd, 2009
11:27 am

The Crue owns Green Day.

CRUE FEST 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tony

August 2nd, 2009
11:42 am

Well put, Uncle Rico!

Kids these days, I swear, it’s like the world has no history before they got involved. Sandy, do your homework or maybe you should just stick to Britney and Christina, they make it easy to have fun, right?

Anyway, Uncle Rico, you should check out this new band called Oasis……

Mark

August 2nd, 2009
11:50 am

I declare I don’t care no more….about Green day

Sam

August 2nd, 2009
12:10 pm

Great show – little bit too much time spent on “audience involvement” but the setlist was a fantastic mix of old and new . Very multigenerational crowd that really shows the reach of their music. I like how the dropped most of the politics and such and this was all about having a great time. Hard to get a better bang for your buck as they played for almost 2 1/2 hours and there was never a lull. I’d like to see their next tour go to smaller venues with straight out punk / power pop without the theatrics.

MEKEV

August 2nd, 2009
12:16 pm

The Kaiser Chiefs rocked and to know that Rickey had a broken rib – OMG!!!! Me and my wife were ready to leave after they left the stage. As far as Green Day, I Agree w/ Uncle Rico. I have seen them 4 times and this was just “ok.” I felt like I was getting a rehash of American Idiot. I guess when you no longer have George Bush to kick around you start with religion. OH AND I LOVE OASIS!!!!!!

Uncle Rico

August 2nd, 2009
12:19 pm

thanks for the tip Tony.

I’ll check out this “Oasis” that you speak of.
didn’t they used to tour w/the Who? or maybe it was The Stones – can’t remember anymore. getting too old.

Christian's Inferno

August 2nd, 2009
12:28 pm

Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion, but several of you are off base. This concert was pure energy, excitement and great music. I’m 37 too, and rock n roll should be about 14-18 year olds! Don’t you remember when we thought people are age were “old!” Not sure how you can say they didn’t play enough – 3 hours was 1 1/2 more than the Crue show I saw last February. By the way, I’ve seen Crue 5 times since 1985 and they have gotten to the point of embarrassment. No fan involvement, on and off the stage in exactly 90 minutes. I’ll take Green Day and their water guns, t-shirt cannons, bunny costumes, explosions, sparks, ayyyy-ohhs, sing-alongs, and anything else they want to do. Great musicians who try their best to make sure everyone leaves their show worn out from fun and celebration!

thejama

August 2nd, 2009
12:32 pm

Thanks for the heads up ATL!! I thought about going to the “Gwinnetto” Arena (being from ATL years ago) but opted to see them down here in Tampa at the Times Forum tomorrow night. Can’t wait…love the new album. Opted for club level seats because in am 36 and figured the floor would be for the kiddies!!

Robb Cohen

August 2nd, 2009
12:34 pm

Hey everyone…Thanks for participating in this blog. This is a new feature on AJC, plus I’m new to blogging. I welcome any input and what I can do to improve it. Look for 3-5 concert blogs each week. My Green Day/ Kaiser Chiefs photo gallery will be online at AccessAtlanta.com shortly. I only got to shoot the first 2 songs of Green Day, and Kaiser Chiefs let me shoot their entire set. ROCK ON!

Jerry

August 2nd, 2009
12:44 pm

The moshing in this concert was awesome. Green Day sounded great. One of the best shows I’ve ever seen. I wanted them to play “When I Come Around” though. But still…at least they played Brain Stew.

Jim

August 2nd, 2009
12:44 pm

the 8 year old is my neice Alyssa. She has no idea what an incredibly lucky little girl she is. the show was fantastic and Green Day just keep getting better and better. suddenly feeling old when i realised it’s been 15 years since my first Green Day gig…

Jim

August 2nd, 2009
12:45 pm

Any pictures of Alyssa on stage?

Jerry

August 2nd, 2009
12:46 pm

Oh yeah, I forgot about the Kaiser Chiefs.
I was disappointed because NOBODY knew who they were. I felt bad for the Chiefs.
They played great though.

Jim

August 2nd, 2009
12:50 pm

the kaiser chiefs were great although their set was to short. A very small compliant on what was a fantastic night…

raychel

August 2nd, 2009
1:04 pm

OMG!!! Green Day rocked all the talk about age is stupid if you like the music age shouldnt matter its just about rockin out and havin a great time watching an amzing band i loved the lights the booms the crashes the crowd involvment and the toilet paper thing that was pretty cool. last night was my brothers first concert and it was a HELL of a concert!!!

Cherish

August 2nd, 2009
1:04 pm

My husband and I saw Green Day “back in the day” and loved it. Our 11 YO son is a huge fan so last night was his first concert. We were on the floor and he had so much fun. A very kind roadie came out and gave my son an autographed drumstick used during the show. It made my son’s experience that much better. The show was awesome and I loved that the hubby and I could hear the old songs and my son could enjoy the newer stuff he loves so much. It was a fantastic evening!

OldTimer

August 2nd, 2009
2:06 pm

I’m 45 and thoroughly enjoyed the show. Saw then 8-10 (?) years ago at a smallish show in Athens. Back then I was directed to the “parents waiting area” :-( , so I was glad to see the broad range of age groups at the show last night.

Must agree that a little more concert and fewer reminders that we were in ATLANTA!! and GEORGIA!! would have made it even better. Amazing energy, tight execution, and adding a bit of acoustic was nice. Billie Joe had the crowd in the palm of his hand the entire time – wow.

The “fans on stage” thing was fun but grew tiresome after a while. But that’s a detail – the show was great.

Crissy

August 2nd, 2009
2:44 pm

When they played, they were awesome. And I did pay to hear Green Day…not the crowd. WAY too much audience involvement. I haven’t been told to get my arms up in the air so much since my college aerobics class!

Maria

August 2nd, 2009
4:14 pm

Me and my husband are over 40 and we really enjoyed the show. We took our daughter, who is 17, and she also had a great time. Not many bands can appeal to both parents and teenagers. GD sounded great, the selection of songs was balanced, the show was full of energy, and they played for over 2 hours, non-stop. What else can you ask for?

Dookie

August 2nd, 2009
4:25 pm

My wife and I have been to hundreds of concerts and this show was one of the best we have ever seen – the electric energy, pure fun and excitement of the crowd mixing it up with the band and the killer riffs/anthems led us from the first song to the last like no other band had – can’t wait for them to return so we can do it all over again!!! Rock on Green Day – they blew us away!

chris

August 2nd, 2009
5:35 pm

Ya know a band called Tool played this same venue just last Monday night and the AJC staff didn’t even bother to mention it much less cover it. Of course which band is better or more worthy of coverage is completely subjective – all the more reason for the AJC to cover all the news, and not just part of it.

- A disappointed reader

alicja Griffin

August 2nd, 2009
5:49 pm

my husband i took kids to first concert and yes it was this one. they loved it. wondering if you have pics of nacho libre(wrestling mask)? it was my husbands mask and we have a few but not from front. thanks.

Last Cracker in East Point

August 2nd, 2009
6:12 pm

Green Day rocks! Love it when they played that old Manilow number. But my all time favorite was when the gang broke out that rap number that they worked on with M&M. After the concert there was a small fight out in the parking lot between the Jets and Sharks (the Sharks as always won). Oh what a night!

Mary

August 2nd, 2009
6:27 pm

GO ROBB——-AS USUAL YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!
PICTURES ARE WONDERFUL!!!!!
ms

Mary

August 2nd, 2009
6:28 pm

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GD1994

August 2nd, 2009
8:43 pm

To those of you complaining about too many mentions of “Atlanta Georgia!” and too much audience participation, have you thought about WHY Billy Joe kept doing that? It’s because only a small part of the audience was really into the show. He was trying make everyone realize they were at a ROCK CONCERT and not at home watching a DVD. By bringing people on stage, it kept it intimate and personal – the band could easily have ’sold out’ to the standard arena show format, but they chose to hold onto the feel of a smaller venue. To the lazy people sitting in my section, why don’t you just listen to the CD in your car next time instead. Then you won’t be in my way when I’m rocking out at the show. And learn how to stage dive. The ‘cannonball’ approach is NEVER a good idea, dude.

Ashley

August 2nd, 2009
9:36 pm

I loved the concert! soo freakin awesome! I wish I could have go to the floor :( I knew all thier songs too! But Awesome! I had such a good time. Green Day was way better live than listening to the CD. I’m only 15 but I’ve listen to all thier older songs hahhaha. I’m glad they didn’t sing “When September Ends” it would be too depressing for the show (Srry mum hahaha) But I loved the audience involvement it shows that GD does things different and makes it personal.
Billie Joe he is so hot! Just for singing for 3 hours and still singing great! 5/5

Robb Cohen

August 2nd, 2009
10:00 pm

Rebecca

August 2nd, 2009
10:19 pm

Robb, thanks for uploading your pics, I look forward to your review. :)
I’m one of the old fans on here and thought last night’s show was great. I’ve been a fan since ‘94 so was happy to hear “Scattered” and loved when Billie sang “Coming Clean” during his acoustic encore. The show was high energy from beginning to end. I think one thing that Green does well is make an arena show feel like you are in a club or a smaller venue.
I’m a Kaiser Chiefs fan also, so it was just a great show all around for me :)

I’ll be ready to see Green Day again when they hit the Carolinas in 2010!
Pit all the way for me, I don’t do seats! The floor isn’t just for the kids. ;)

Green Day did do some small venues before they went on their major tour, of course those were in LA and NY.

Rebecca

August 2nd, 2009
10:22 pm

Rob, not that it is important, but Billie went into the crowd during “Know Your Enemy”, not EJN ;o)
Thanks for the pics!

Robb Cohen

August 2nd, 2009
11:24 pm

Rebecca, my bad…thanks for the correction!

NEW BLOG PICS: I am about to post some Green Day photos from Voodoo Music Festival, October 16, 2004, City Park, New Orleans, LA. WHO WAS AT THIS CONCERT?

Chris J

August 3rd, 2009
12:08 am

this was an absolutely amazing concert by any standard- Billie Joe totally knows how to work the crowd and made it personal be bringing so many people on stage- every song was performed to album quality- they’ve definitely come a long way and honed their craft…. one question though> What was up with the old guy in the red shirt and suspenders in the pit? stuck out like a sore thumb and was dancing like he was in church or something….WEIRD!

Sara

August 3rd, 2009
7:33 am

I’m 39 years of age and took my son who is 16. We both enjoyed the concert and personally, i think their crowd involvment is awesome. They are a band that appreciates their fans and gives back to them by giving them an opportunity of a life-time. I thought they rocked the arena and gave an unforgettable performance. I’d do it all over again!

Larry

August 3rd, 2009
8:27 am

I’m 60 years old and have seen hundred’s of concerts from Queen, The Who, Stones, Jethro Tull and Green Day Rocked. It was high energy the audience was part of the show and just not an observer. Couldn’t have asked for more

Mike

August 3rd, 2009
10:18 am

Julie Kramer

August 3rd, 2009
1:52 pm

I too am form the “older” generation (45) and thought the concert was
fantastic. I took my 15 year old son (2nd concert ever for him) and
he was a general admis ticket holder while I had a seat. To say the
least, he had a night to remember!!!! I thought GD really cared about
the ticket holders and put on a show worth every penny….I did say
to my husband after the show that the AAAAA OOOOO’s were getting to be a bit much…he pointed out how hard the band worked and what a great
set they played and I quickly got over my complaint….love you GD

Marc

August 3rd, 2009
8:13 pm

I’m a 38 year old “old school” GD fan from way back in the day. This was probably the best concert I’ve ever seen in my life, and that’s saying a lot. The band’s energy level was simply amazing. My friend and I drove 5 1/2 hours to take our sons (14 & 15), and it was worth every minute and every penny we spent over the weekend. The boys love GD even more, and are doubly inspired in their own musical pursuits — especially after seeing how cool GD treated their fans. Nice to see some real talent that isn’t totally full of themselves. Can’t wait to see them again.

Hooch

August 3rd, 2009
8:59 pm

The Avett Brothers
Paul Thorn Band
TV on the Radio
Band of Horses
Kings of Leon
Death Cab for Cutie
Cold War Kids
Ra Ra Riot
AC/DC
Van Halen
Thea Gilmore
Mark Knopfler
The Hold Steady
Better Than Ezra
Flaming Lips

Over the past 6-months or so, I’ve had the good fortune to see all these bands (and others) play live and none of them were as fun as Green Day was on Saturday night. If you were not having fun at their Atlanta show just give it up.

Amy Z

August 4th, 2009
10:51 am

My daughter and I LOVED the concert! She has been a Green Day fan for years and has converted me and her friends (in her high school year book she was voted most likely to become a Green Day groupie). She is the beautiful blonde that Billie Joe pulled onstage to sing Are We the Waiting. Does anyone have pics or video of that? I couldn’t move to get my phone out! PLEASE!!!!

jack

August 4th, 2009
10:53 am

I am 11 and that concert was even better than the ACDC concert he was so energetic and he was funny and it was such a GREAT show it was awesome

Dookie

August 5th, 2009
6:50 pm

Well stated, Hooch – Some will, some won’t, so what, someone’s waiting! ROCK ON GREEN DAY.

Matt Cook

August 6th, 2009
6:21 pm

that’s me with billie joe! check the video out…www.myspace.com/brentmcook!

Matt Cook

August 6th, 2009
6:22 pm

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kristen reale

August 6th, 2009
9:14 pm

i thought the show was really good… i loved greenday since i was a kid and that was a while ago.. i am so happy they played alot of the older stuff as well. little disapointed they didnt play time of your life but other than that it was so cool … rock on greenday.. hopefully in ten years we will still be going to your concerts. i saw the concert in orlando florida on aug 5th … it was great… and to involve the audience like that was cool, especially the younger kids they will have good memorys…. :)