Green Day – Awesome As Fuck


Artist

Album

Awesome As Fuck

Label

Reprise Records

Year

2011

Genre

For Fans Of

Green Day

Summary

A solid, bare-bones live effort and tide over until their next studio release.

Rating

77 / 100

I’m going to make a confession and say that 2005’s Bullet For A Bible was the first live CD I ever bought. I absolutely flogged it too, it would have easily been the most played CD of my Year 8 life. Does Awesome As Fuck live up to it’s live predecessor? Not quite. It doesn’t have near the production value that BIAB did, but this time around they weren’t documenting the two largest shows of their careers. They were simply seeking to capture the textbook Green Day performance, which just happens to be as Awesome As Fuck.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to seeing more of Tre Cool’s hilarious off-stage humour, but I think it would be hard pressed to find a fan that was truly unhappy with this release. The DVD was filmed at Satiama Super Arena in Tokyo, which took place immediately after their Australian tour. What that means is that anyone who saw them on their run through Australia in 2009 will be getting almost exactly the same experience, albeit with a slightly modified setlist.

The tracklist on the CD and DVD varies, the CD being recorded at various locations around the world which is a nice bonus as opposed to Bullet For A Bible which has the CD as an audio rip of the DVD. Between the CD and the DVD there are numerous live rarities such as J.A.R, Geek Stink Breath and Burnout along with revisits to their 39/Smooth and Kerplunk! days with Going To Pasalaqua, Who Wrote Holden Caulfield and their upbeat cover of The Who‘s My Generation. This again sets the release apart from Bullet In A Bible which was essentially American Idiot and a collection of their greatest hits. Good Riddance is acoustic this time as well, thankfully.

Throw in new track Cigarettes and Valentines and a small collection from their latest studio effort 21st Century Breakdown and Green Day fans have more than enough incentive to add this to their collection to tie them over until their next studio release. As you’d come to expect from Green Day, the live sound is phenomenal and their stage show is brilliant. Some of the editing seems slightly rushed and I’d love to one day see their entire 30 song set put to video, but that’s obviously not all that realistic.

Conclusion

Anyone who saw Green Day on their December 2009 run through Australia will be in a world of familiarlarity watching this the Awesome As Fuck DVD. Awesome As Fuck captures the textbook Green Day performance perfectly and includes some live rarities to set it apart from 2005’s Bullet In A Bible which was a greatest hits affair. Differentiation in the CD and DVD tracklists gives the fans more value for money and while it doesnt quite have the production value of Bullet In A Bible, it’s a solid live showcase and should help tie-over fans until their next studio release.

Tracklisting

CD

1. 21st Century Breakdown ( London, England, United Kingdom)
2. Know Your Enemy (Manchester, England, United Kingdom)
3. East Jesus Nowhere (Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom)
4. Holiday (Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
5. ¡Viva la Gloria! (Dallas, Texas, United States
6. Cigarettes and Valentines (Phoenix, Arizona, United States)
7. Burnout (Irvine, California, United States)
8. Going to Pasalacqua (Chula Vista, California, United States)
9. J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva) (Detroit, Michigan, United States)
10. Who Wrote Holden Caulfield? (New York, New York, United States)
11. Geek Stink Breath ( Saitama, Saitama, Japan)
12. When I Come Around (Berlin, Germany)
13. She   (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)
14. 21 Guns (Mountain View, California, United States)
15. American Idiot (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
16. Wake Me Up When September Ends (Nickelsdorf, Austria)
17. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) (Nickelsdorf, Austria)

DVD

1. 21st Century Breakdown
2. Know Your Enemy
3. East Jesus Nowhere
4. Holiday
5. The Static Age
6. ¡Viva la Gloria!
7. Boulevard of Broken Dreams
8. Burnout
9. Geek Stink Breath
10. Welcome to Paradise
11. When I Come Around
12. My Generation (music and lyrics by Pete Townshend, originally performed by The Who)
13. She
14. 21 Guns
15. American Eulogy
16. Jesus of Suburbia
17. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)

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