Awesome as Fuck

Well, that's Walmart out of the way. But the title says a lot about the tongue-tied delight of a great rock show, and Green Day played plenty of 'em on their last tour. This set is a contagious account of the power-fun streak that still runs through the band even after the two punk operas. There is ancient mayhem from 1990's 39/Smooth and '91's Kerplunk as well as a new grenade, "Cigarettes and Valentines." Billie Joe Armstrong thoroughly enjoys his spotlight: shouting, cursing and letting audiences take whole verses of "American Idiot" and "Good Riddance." And drummer Tré Cool is way up in the mix, channeling the Clash's Topper Headon and the Who's Keith Moon with precise demonic glee.

Listen to "Cigarettes and Valentines (Live)":

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From The Archives Issue 1127: March 31, 2011