Entertainment behind the scenes
Fifteen years ago it was common to see parents standing outside Green Day concerts, likely oblivious to the mosh pits their little horrors were stirring up inside as they patiently waited to drive them home afterwards. These days, plenty of parents can be found inside the venues, excitedly dragging along their possibly embarrassed tykes for what may be their first concert.
And those rabid youngsters who propelled the punk-rock trio to their first brush with massive success? They still form Green Day’s core fan base. But the mosh pits and crowd-surfing are largely a thing of the past. After all, the scratches and bruises might be hard to explain to your workmates at the downtown accounting firm the next day.
Green Day don’t seem to have aged too much since they achieved mainstream fame with their 1994 album “Dookie.” Sure, singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt, both 37, no longer lob gobs of spit into each other’s mouths, and 36-year-old drummer Tre Cool has become quite rotund. But their energy level never flagged during a 2-3/4-hour concert at the Forum in Los Angeles on Tuesday, the final North American stop of their world tour.
“This is a rock ‘n’ roll show, not a f—in’ tea party,” Armstrong exhorted the sold-out crowd at one point. “You listen to Coldplay on your own f—in’ time.”
(Writing and reporting by Dean Goodman)
The production, also titled “American Idiot,” will premiere on Sept. 4 at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, in the northern California university town where the band first gained a following.