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GREEN DAY on 2005-06-20

Yesterday:

The Green Day concert was close to spectacular. It was absolutely amazing! I adored every part of it.

In the morning we picked up my sister's friends on the way to Milton Keynes. It took us around an hour and a half to two hours. We were actually perhaps in the closest car parking space from the entrance, which was lucky slash surprising. We arrived at the car park at just after 13h00. As the gates opened at 14h00 we waited for about half an hour before making it across the little bridge to the entrance to the National Bowl. When we got in we more or less went straight to the bowl to find a place. We sat straight in front of the stage but a decent distance away. We waited until around 17h00 when HARD-Fi came on. They weren't bad, but because they played 'Hard(er) to Beat' it was better. Sadly enough, they got booed a fair bit. They came off 40minutes later, to be followed by Taking Back Sunday. Taking Back Sunday are good performers and I really enjoyed their performance. While they were playing a helicopter flew over, supposedly taking Green Day to the Bowl. Jimmy Eat World was on shortly after. They were really good also.

It was sweatingly hot weather but as it turned 21h00, when Green Day first came on the weather was cool, but not cold and it was dark enough to take plenty of photos (around 250 I believe). On the NME website I found this:

The Set List:

'American Idiot'
'Jesus Of Suburbia'
'Holiday'
'Are We The´┐Ż Waiting'
'St Jimmy'
'Longview '
'Brainstew'
'Jaded'
'Knowledge'
'Basket Case'
'She'
'King For A Day
'Shout'
'Wake Me Up When September Ends'
'Minority'
'Maria'
'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams'
'We Are The Champions'
'Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)'

Also:
Operation Ivy's 'Knowledge'
Queen's 'We Are The Champions'.

During Operation Ivy's 'Knowledge' Billie Joe invited three audience members to come and play on the Green Day set using their instruments. The drummer was a man who had been playing for nine years. The bassist was a woman who had to take a stage dive at the end. And the guitarist was a 14 year old boy who was dressed near to the same as Billie Joe (black shirt, red tie). Olly/ie, the kid's name, was given the guitar that they played on too take home and keep. The moment that I could remember from that is when Billie Joe gave the boy the guitar, the kid actually ran into his arms. The audience either cheered or awed. That was a pretty good moment. Even though I knew that the guitarist could keep the guitar, as probably most of you did, it was just that moment that stuck with me.

It was an excellent, amazing, fantasticly spectacular performance and one day I'll go again for sure.

Rosie xxx

My best photos from Green Day:

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(This is just a quick edit to say that I'm so very busy for the rest of the week. Wed- Dad's 50th birthday with dinner, Thurs- Yesl's birthday with milkshake party, Fri/Sat/Sun- staying in North France for the weekend. Next update expected, Monday? Sorry, thank you xx)