Now that I got my 9 hours of sleep, I can take a second to blog about the Green Day concert.
AMAZING. Best money I've spent in a while. Billie Joe Armstrong has a performance charisma that is unmatched. 3+ hours of him belting out thoughtful, energetic tunes that will stay with Mary, Sam and I for a while. He climbed through the crowd, brought them on stage many times (including the dude from Israel who got to play guitar through all of Jesus of Suburbia), laid on his back and played a bit of "Name that Random Tune" ... he even mooned us. The set included MANY non-Dookie/American Idiot/21st Century Breakdown songs - which rocked - totally cool seeing them play stuff from their days of being an "East Bay band.
Sam thought it was the most fun he has ever had. He was jumping and pumping his fist for much of the three hours. And so were Mary and I. We are at that apex of parent/child popular music concert attendance - I guess. Whatever.
At one glorious moment, BJA yelled to the crowd, "Put away your fucking cell phones! Put away your camera. Be here now! We have this moment right here." It was a beautiful interruption into modern culture's obsession with sharing (he blogs...) It really centered me into just living in the experience of the concert - quite beautiful and necessary.
The music, performance and visuals were exhilarating and made the drive to Sacramento, enduring the horrible food options around ARCO Arena and the tired brain all day yesterday (tired enough to get a boneheaded parking ticket!)