21st Century Breakdown

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.

Green Day Bonus Tracks & Unreleased Songs

Songs that everyone should hear:

Governator - American Idiot bonus track

Shoplifter - American Idiot bonus track

Too Much Too Soon - American Idiot bonus track

Favorite Son - Rock Against Bush Compilation

Hearts Collide - 21st Century Breakdown bonus track

Lights Out - Know Your Enemy EP track

A Quick One While He’s Away (The Who cover)  - 21st Century Breakdown bonus track

Another State Of Mind (Social Distortion cover) - 21st Century Breakdown cover

Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely - Warning bonus track

Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Alternate Version - Warning bonus track

D.U.I. - Shenanigans unreleased track

Cigarettes And Valentines - Awesome As Fuck bonus track

Olivia - unreleased track

World Vs. World - unreleased studio track from 1991

there are so many more, so feel free to add to this list !!

some American: Happy 4th of July! What are you going to be doing today?

me: oh uh I don’t really celebrate 4th of July actually.

some American: (shocked): REALLY? Then what do you do all day then?