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Green Day Return to Darien Lake

California punk trio Green Day return to Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Thursday (Aug 5) with dark alternative punk band AFI. This stop will be the second date on the North American leg of their world tour. After their stop in Western New York the band heads straight for Lollapalooza in Chicago where they will headline the three day festival with Lady Gaga and Soundgarden. Sounds like a wild week but the last 365 days have been just as wild for Green Day. In the course of a year the band has released a platinum album, 2009’s 21st Century Breakdown, a hit video game, Green Day Rock Band, and a Broadway musical based on their last album, American Idiot, which has sold over 15 million copies to date, second only to Dookie in Green Day’s discography of mega-hits. Their latest album is not devoid of hits either, despite the fact that the gap between American Idiot and Breakdown was the longest gap between albums in the band’s history. They performed their pop single “21 Guns” at the Emmy’s this year and showed that they can still rock like they did on Dookie with “Do You Know Your Enemy.” The rest of Breakdown fits in well with their previous albums and includes a combination of fast paced pop-punk and some slow piano ballads. “Viva La Gloria!” combines both though, beginning with a piano riff that Elton John would be fit to play before bursting into a full on punk rock anthem. Their live show is still as energizing as ever too. Front man Billie Joe has the enthusiasm of a dictator when he’s on stage, leading the crowd in stripped down sing-a-longs to songs like “East Jesus Nowhere” before blasting them with distorted three chord power choruses. It’s not every day when one of the biggest bands of a generation comes to our city.

cory perla

Update: Green Day Tweets:

GreenDay: In buffalo checking out elmwood! Looking for guitars! 2:24 PM Aug 4th via UberTwitter

GreenDay: Show in buffalo was SICK! Highlight was letterbomb for me. In chicago now. Lollapalooza. Playing w L7 and the Breeders!-what year is it? about 3 hours ago via UberTwitter