Green Day, Marquee Theatre, 3/11/13

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"How many vintage Green Day fans do we have out there?" Armstrong asked to a chorus of enthusiastic fans. "This song's from Dookie, it's called 'Burnout.'" Things got even more old school as an unexpected performance of 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours' "Going to Pasalacqua," followed after "Coming Clean." The majority of the crowd seemed a little thrown by it, but there were plenty of dedicated old time fans singing every word.

In the middle of "Longview," Armstrong asked who knew the lyrics and said "You gotta want it fucking bad" before bringing a whiny singer on stage to finish the song. The fan had his moment of rock glory as he threw his hands up and stage-dived into the crowd.

After playing a couple more songs from Dookie (including a great rendition of "She"), the band donned wizard hats, Groucho Marx mustaches, and police hats for the pro-drag anthem "King for a Day." Drummer Tré Cool popped out from behind his drum kit to parade around in a fancy hat and a pink laced bra. He did high-kicks as the band teased with The Isley Brothers' "Shout." After a short delay, Green Day finished the cover and sank to the floor after a few "a little bit softer nows." The band shot back up to end the song, which transitioned into Ben E. King's "Stand by Me" and a rousing version of "Minority," closing out the main set. The band quickly returned for a two-song encore of "American Idiot" and "Jesus of Suburbia."

It's unlikely that Green Day will ever play another show at Marquee Theatre, which is a shame because last night was the best Green Day show I have ever seen, and is now one of my all time favorite Marquee shows. In a post-American Idiot world, the band is too popular to realistically play another club show, but after last night, floor tickets are definitely a necessity for future arena shows.

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Melissa Fossum
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