Fuck wow…so this happened. Shooting at arenas is still a bit new to me but it’s certainly something I’m getting used to. It’s what I used to always think about whenever I shot local shows back in the day. How can anyone not dream of being in a room full of screaming fans, lights that are so bright that your eyes squint involuntarily, and amps so massive that the idea a man made them is just preposterous. All of those things that make up a bigger than life arena show can be used to describe Green Days headline gig at Barclays Center that I shot last weekend. I’ve been a fan of their music since I was fifteen years old and quite frankly I never understood the disdain some fans have towards their newer material. Sure, some of the tunes on American Idiot were ham fisted and downright convoluted at times but a lot of those songs still had the punch and heart that made people fall in love with Green Day in the first place. Also in my opinion, their album 21st Century Breakdown is not only a damn fine album but also a well done cohesive concept/story that was incredibly well done. Whenever I listen to that album it sounds as though Green Day took the criticisms they got towards American Idiot and addressed, surpassed, and shattered them all while still being themselves. Show me another band that could pull that off so well.
Green Day are a band that have always relished in how massive they are by doing what anyone should with such a massive fan base, they have as much fun as possible on stage and make sure that their fans are as well. This time around their touring for their triple album series, Uno, Dos, Tre! I already respected the band for how good 21st Century was but to go against the typical album mold by playing a slew of basement gigs for fans and releasing three albums in one year is just an incredible under taking. The band didn’t have to do any of that but the fact they did is downright amazing to me. Their gig at Barclays was a massive celebration towards their love of music and having a great time, and their fans seemed to love it. Shooting them was a massive pleasure, the lighting was near perfect and the energy they gave us was the kind of energy music fans associate with rock shows. I had a great time seeing Green Day and I cannot wait to catch them again. Enjoy the photos from the bands gig at Barclays below.
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Green Day just released three albums in one year; Uno, Dos, and Tre. You can stream/download all albums overhere.
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