I’m honestly at a loss for words when it comes to describing the Green Day show here in Oakland. It was obvious that the boys were extremely happy to be home; their smiles never left their faces. There were many fun and memorable moments throughout the show, but this part right here was just breathtaking.
For the second encore, Billie came out with his acoustic guitar. Everyone expected to hear Ordinary World, but when he began to strum the intro to 21 Guns, it fell completely silent. Green Day never plays 21 Guns live. Billie came down to the edge of the stage and said “I need everyone’s help with this one, okay? You have to promise to help me through it.” He got through the first verse just fine, but during the second verse (which, regrettably, I didn’t tape) he got choked up and just…stopped singing. So we sang instead. Thousands of people singing 21 Guns as Billie just strummed along and looked out at the crowd in awe.
This is what punk rock is about. Having a family, and a home, and people to support you through the toughest of times. We were there for Billie just as Billie and Mike and Tre have been there for us. I knew their homecoming show would be special, but this moment here was just beyond description.