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Green Day & Against Me!


Mar 25, 2017 – 8:00 PM

3719 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Map

  • Green Day
  • Against Me!

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Green Day: Punk music struggled at the onset of the 90s, with the youth of America crying out for a band that encapsulated their angst and rowdiness. The call was answered by a number of bands, but none more popular and successful than Green Day. Their simple yet wildly raucous sound on Dookie became a hit amongst both the youth and older punk fans. That same energy was displayed during various, infamous tour dates and Green Day continues to play to sold-out crowds after more than twenty years. Green Day currently has a recently released live album (Awesome as Fuck) out, a ninth album in the works, a hit musical on Broadway (American Idiot), and film version of the musical in the works.

Green Day was formed in 1987 by Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt, with Sean Hughes replacing Dirnt a year later. Tre Cool replaced Al Sobrante as the drummer shortly after the release of Green Day's debut album, 39/Smooth, in 1990. The success of the album, combined with exposure from numerous tour dates in '92 and '93 caught the attention of Reprise Records. While some of Green Day's fans considered them sellouts for signing to a major label, the move created one of the most influential punk albums of the past few decades: Dookie. Recorded in three weeks and released in 1994, the album won a Grammy for Best Alternative Album, its singles were heavily played on MTV, and it was eventually certified diamond. It also gained Green Day some of the most memorable tour dates of their career, including a mud-filled set at Woodstock 1994 and a violent tour date in Boston.

When Green Day's next three albums, Insomniac, Nimrod, and Warning were released, audiences confused the band's changed style with a loss of edge. Despite a slight decline in popularity, Green Day performed hugely popular tour dates during those years, including performances on the Warped Tour. It wasn't until the release of American Idiot in 2004 that the aforementioned albums became apart of a larger musical evolution. The record was written as a concept album that dealt with the rebellion and dissatisfaction of young people; released ten years after Dookie, Green Day reintroduced themselves to a new generation of disenfranchised youth.

While the wait for Green Day's next album was the longest fans had to endure, it was well worth it. 21st Century Breakdown was released in 2009 to critical acclaim, and quickly became the band's highest charting album to date. The fans responded enthusiastically; not only by clearing record store shelves, but also on the following world wide tour. This included a few secret shows under the alias Foxboro Hot Tubs, where lucky listeners were treated to new material. These songs would later form the basis for the trilogy of albums, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré!, each released within a month of each other in 2012.

Against Me!: Yet another hit band to come out of Gainesville, Florida, Against Me! has thrilled audiences around the world with unrivaled energy and crazy tour dates. From their punk beginnings to a currently alternative sound, Against Me! has found popularity with fans and critics. The band's latest album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, has continued a musical evolution that has been embraced by audiences from all over the world.

Lead singer Laura Jane Grace began Against Me! as an acoustic solo project in 1997, slowly acquiring a drummer and bassist as the years went on. The band released a number of demos and played tour dates attended by no one before adopting electric guitars and releasing Reinventing Axl Rose in 2002. Agasint Me! scored a hit in 2003 with the release of As the Eternal Cowboy, which was praised by critics and caught the attentions of numerous major labels. With a hefty major label contract, Against Me! achieved mainstream stardom with New Wave in 2007, supported by the hit single, "Thrash Unreal."

2010's White Crosses saw similar mainstream success, and featured the popular hits "Rapid Decompression" and "I Was a Teenage Anarchist." ON the album, Against Me! shed all evidence of their gritty punk sound in favor of a much more refined alternative rock style. Apparently feeling they overshot the mark, the band's next album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues returned to their original tenacious punk style; a visceral sound no doubt inspired by the struggles of front woman Laura Jane Grace.

With the change in the band's dynamic and sound, fans can't wait to see what Against Me! has in store next. Keep checking Eventful for the latest tour dates from Against Me!

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