Donald Trump referenced by Green Day, Jay Pharaoh, Idina Menzel and others at the American Music Awards. (Nov. 21)
Green Day may blow the roof off Wells Fargo Arena Monday night.
I don’t know for sure. I can’t see into the future (yet) and I haven’t seen the band on this tour (yet). But it’s just what Green Day does. The band is a world-class arena force to reckon with on the level of names like Springsteen and McCartney. Full of high-energy and foul-mouthed banter, each show from the band offers an incendiary assault of passion, nostalgia and memorable entertainment.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted Green Day last performed at Des Moines’ Wells Fargo Arena in 2005 as part of the “American Idiot” world tour, a show attendees remember fondly for water hoses being sprayed into the crowd, fans being brought on stage to perform and plenty of pyrotechnics. The latest show comes in support of the band’s 2016 record, “Revolution Radio,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts and features the top-charting singles “Bang Bang” and “Still Waiting.”
Will Green Day still bring the wall-shaking live show that lead to headlining performances across the globe? I’m hoping so. Until then, here’s a little more of what to expect when seeing Green Day and Against Me! in Des Moines.
It’ll be political, sure.
Green Day, which consists of guitarist and singer Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool, has been performing a number of songs off the 2004 politically-charged rock opera mega-hit “American Idiot.” No stranger to sharing a political opinion, Armstrong has given a not-so-kind shout to President Trump in cities such as Phoenix and Detroit before playing the record’s…