Dayton, OH Ervin J. Nutter Center, October 16th, 2005

If anybody knows how to control 10,000 people in the ways of music, it's Green Day, and last night at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio, they did just that.

Seeing as Jimmy Eat World was not able to make it back to the rescheduled show in Dayton, a small band from Wisconsin opened for Green Day. They were called Number One Fan, and their show begun at 7:00 PM on October 17th, 2005. No. 1 Fan's set consisted of only six songs, but those six songs prepared the crowd of 10,000 for the extreme pyrotechnics involved in Green Day's set. During the first song by No. 1 Fan, a huge boom echoed throughout the venue. Four more blew before No. 1 Fan was finished.

After No. 1 Fan completed their set of a mere twenty minutes, the roadies began the process of moving Green Day's gear onstage. Around 7:45, the greatest, most wasted animal ever staggered onto the dimly lit stage. It was the Drunk Bunny. The crowd went wild, screaming and hollering, as the Drunk Bunny guzzled down his first, but not his last, beer. Continuing to stagger around, he almost fell head first into the mosh pit full of eager fans just waiting to discover his identity. Sadly, the Bunny did not fall and had his mask taken off to reveal his secret identity. Before ending his little preveiw show, the Bunny capped off another beer, hidden in his bunny suit, and preceeded to "get happy" on the stage floor. He seemed to enjoy it as much as the crowd, and then, his show was over as he made his way backstage.

A few minutes after the Bunny made his appearance, the lights were out. It was pitch dark. The theme music to Stars Wars began, and everybody simultaneously knew that the moment they had waited for since that fateful day in early August had finally arrived. The Green Day show was starting.

The crowd yelled and moshed until their faces were blue. Finally, Green Day made their entrance. The fans were crazy. Beer spilled all around. The pit began to move faster and faster until they were in an all-out mosh as Green Day began their show with American Idiot, the title track off their multi-platnium record released September 21st, 2004. After finishing the kick-off song of the Dayton show, Billie Joe Armstrong took the mic and introduced the guys he had been with for 17 years. He also asked for the date and alerted the crowd that "the day after this show will be our 17th fucking anniversary!" Not only was the Dayton show the band's anniversary show, it was the last show on the bill for the American Idiot Tour 2005.

As Green Day continued on through the night, they played the entire American Idiot album straight through, with breaks of course, so Billie could begin all-arena waves, spotlight jumps, and, his favorite, "heeeey-hoooo!" He could induce the crowd into doing anything, whether it be jumping, headbanging, waves, or swaying. Billie, with the help of Mike and Tre, turned the crowd into a raging pack of punks, even the young kids staying up way past their bedtime to hear their favorite band.

At one point during the show, Billie held "heeey" for, what was probably a record, one full fucking minute!! His convinced the crowd that they could hold that note, and they tried. Few actually completed the task, but everybody tried.

Other high points of the night were: when Billie mooned the crowd and couldn't get his pants back up for 5 minutes; when Tre sung the Crazy Frog song; when Mike pulled an Angus Young during 'Shout!" and spun on the floor; when Billie humped the stage, the air, and Tre's drums; when the saxophonist from Dayton jumped and almost fell into the pit; the fireworks, lights effects, and confetti; when Mike played Longveiw; when Tre knocked over his drums; when Jason White wore a huge, fuzzy hat during King For A Day; and when Billie ripped off his shirt after Good Riddance and threw it into the crowd.

Now, it seems to be a tradition that at every Green Day show they pick people from the crowd to play their instruments. This time around a guy wearing a red and black striped shirt (to which Billie said he loved) played drums, and the crowd seemed to love the way he played because they went crazy! A girl was chosen to play bass, and Mike seemed to like her because he kept whispering tips in her ear. And, the mother of all instruments was left, guitar. A girl was also chosen to play this. She seemed to have been dying to play because once she got on stage, she owned it. She was running around hugging everybody and yelling at the crowd to make some noise. The three chosen musicians played Knowledge while Billie picked up the vocals. The girl who played guitar was allowed to keep Billie's guitar as long as she "got her fucking ass off my fucking stage!" And, the drummer dude got to keep Tre's sticks and do a stage dive. And, I do believe the bass girl got to keep Mike's precious bass.

In my personal opinion, I do believe this was the best Green Day show I've ever seen, but that might just have been because I was there. I enjoyed this concert so fucking much that it will be the best night of my life forever! And, I hope this reveiw will encourage you to get off your ass and get to a fucking Green Day show!!

The Set List

1. American Idiot
2. Jesus of Surburbia
3. Holiday
4. Boulevard of Broken Dreams
5. Are We The Waiting
6. St. Jimmy
7. Give Me Novacaine
8. She's A Rebel
9. Extraordinary Girl
10. Letterbomb
11. Wake Me Up When September Ends
12. Homecoming
13. Whatsername
14. Longveiw
15. Welcome to Paradise
16. Knowledge
17. Basket Case
18. She
19. King For A Day
20. Shout
21. Stand By Me
22. Minority


23. When I Come Around
24. We Are The Champions
25. Good Riddance

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