Green Day Play ‘Saviors’ In Full At Anaheim Pop-Up Show

Green Day has been honoring their new album, Saviors, with unique performances for months. They played in a tiny London pub in November of last year. Then in January, they performed in an acoustic set in a New York City subway station. Now this week they brought their full pop-punk sound to the House of Blues in Anaheim. In the spirit of the “Saviors” tour during which they will perform all of Dookie and American Idiot in full, they played 15 songs on Saviors for this limited-capacity crowd. As one would expect, they lost their minds.


After starting the 30-song set with “American Idiot,” a song that defines the term “fan favorite,” they launched right into their new album, beginning with the title track. It was the first time they played “Saviors” live (one of many live debuts throughout the evening), and the crowd absolutely ate it up. Even though Billie Joe Armstrong is 52 years old and Green Day has released 14 albums, he still rocks as if he was 22 like when Dookie came out.

From there they went through some of the singles from Saviors like “The American Dream Is Killing Me,” “Look Ma, No Brains!,” and “Dilemma.” Before “Dilemma,” bassist Mike Dirnt had a rather endearing message for the crowd:

“We know half of you people, and you are definitely bad people. Let’s rip it up!”

Well because they’re bad people, the band happily transitioned into the opening line for “Dilemma”:

“Welcome to my problems.”

The audience was delighted to join in on the problems because they knew every word to the song that’s only been out for three months.


Green Day closed the Saviors section with eight consecutive live debuts like “Living in the ‘20s,” which saw Armstrong put the guitar aside for a bit and bring his full-on frontman persona. They also debuted “Suzie Chapstick” for a nice slower jam in between all the hard-rocking.

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But there was plenty more to play after Saviors including three songs that weren’t debuts but hadn’t been played in years. They did “She’s a Rebel” and “Extraordinary Girl” live for the first time with a full band since 2005. They also did “Give Me Novacaine” for the first time since 2017, and everyone was thrilled to see Armstrong pick up the acoustic guitar.
The rest of the set wasn’t packed to the brim with hits like “Holiday,” “Brainstew,” and “Basket Case.” Instead, they plucked underscored gems from American Idiot and Dookie like “Whatsername,” “Coming Clean,” and “Homecoming.”

Green Day already said they’re playing the bangers on their tour, so they chose to deliver this special crowd a special set with an unexpected collection of songs. It was an unforgettable night, and anyone who wants to hear the Green Day classics can see them live all over the world beginning this May. They’re starting in Europe, heading to the UK, then North America, and will be down in South Africa next January.

Check out the full setlist from their House of Blues show here and view the tour schedule below:

Green Day 2024 Tour Dates:

05/30 – Monte do Gozo, ES @ O Son do Camino

06/01 – Madrid, ES @ Road to Rio Babel

06/05 – Lyon Decines, FR @ LDLC Arena *

06/07 – Nurnberg, DE @ Rock im Park

06/08 – Nurburgring, DE @ Rock am Ring

06/10 – Berlin, DE @ Waldbühne – with Donots

06/11 – Hamburg, DE @ Trabrennbahn Bahrenfeld – with Donots

06/15 – Interlaken, CH @ Greenfield Festiva

06/16 – Milan, IT @ I Days – Hippodrome La Maura

06/18 – Paris, FR @ Accor Arena – with The Interrupters

06/19 – Arnhem, NL @ GelreDome #

06/21 – Manchester, UK @ Emirates Old Trafford !

06/23 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Isle of Wight Festival

06/25 – Glasgow, UK @ Bellahouston Park !

06/27 – Dublin, IE @ Marlay Park !

06/29 – London, UK @ Wembley Stadium !

07/29 – Washington, DC @ Nationals Park $

08/01 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre $

08/03 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music and Arts Festival

08/05 – New York, NY @ Citi Field $

08/07 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park $

08/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park $

08/10 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium $

08/13 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field $

08/15 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre ^

08/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Field $

08/20 – Kansas City, KS @ Azura Amphitheatre ^

08/22 – Cincinnati, OH @ Great American Ballpark $

08/24 – Milwaukee, WI @ American Family Field $

08/26 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion ^

08/28 – Atlanta, GA @ Truist Park $

08/30 – Nashville, TN @ Geodis Park $

09/01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PNC Park $

09/04 – Detroit, MI @ Comerica Park $

09/07 – Denver, CO @ Coors Field $

09/10 – Austin, TX @ Germania Insurance Amphitheater ^

09/11 – Arlington, TX @ Globe Life Field $

09/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ SoFi Stadium $

09/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Chase Field $

09/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Oracle Park $

09/23 – Seattle, WA @ T-Mobile Park $

09/25 – Portland, OR @ Providence Park $

09/28 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park $

01/19/25 – Johannesburg, South Africa @ FNB Stadium

01/23/25 – Cape Town, South Africa @ DHL Stadium

* = w/ The Interrupters

# = w/ The Hives and The Interrupters

! = w/ Nothing But Thieves and Maid of Ace

$ = w/ The Smashing Pumpkins, Rancid, and The Linda Lindas

^ = w/ Rancid and The Linda Lindas only

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Last updated: 20 May 2024, 14:39 Etc/UTC