After seeing both shows within seven days, the results are in: I feel pretty confident saying that, live, Green Day is the poor man's Poison. (Read what fans had to say here.)
Now, before anyone writes this statement off too easily let me point out that I'm on the record singing Green Day's praises and, born in 1980, I'm no refugee of the Glam Metal era. I refuse to accept anyone's argument that Green Day's long abandoned punk bona fides, or their newfangled Bush-bashing somehow puts them "above" the guys who sang "Nothin' But A Good Time." At their commercial peak, both bands made highly-stylized teen-friendly pop music very much in step with the moods of their era.
When it comes to staging big, loud, firework-enhanced Summer tours, pop-punk types have a lot to learn from their forbearers, as these two Saturday concerts showed.
Last Night: Poison, Cheap Trick and Def Leppard at Cricket Wireless Pavilion
Better Than: Green Day at U.S. Airways.
Personal Bias: Too young to have experienced these bands at their prime, though my babysitter was a fan.
Random Detail: Why does Cricket only have the awesome frozen Minute Maid Lemonade at one stand in the whole place?
Further Listening: My favorite Poison song:
By The Way: When is it going to get cool enough for me to really enjoy a show at Cricket again? Oof.
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