By the time “American Idiot” arrived a decade later, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool had traded in their 3-minute punk anthems for some seriousness themselves, in the form of a concept album filled with social commentary about the breakdown of the American dream and pointed criticism of President George W. Bush’s administration in a post-9/11 world.
Which brings us to now.
Green Day, back on the road after a nearly four-year absence, will perform a headlining show Monday at USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City. They’ll draw thousands and thousands of people to a slickly produced show that will be as far removed from “punk” as their critics always insisted they were to begin with.
When they come around, they hope you have the time of your life.
They still are, at least.
“I have a sense of gratitude every night and I feel like I’m making an impact beyond just playing my guitar,” Armstrong told Rolling Stone magazine. “It’s giving people an experience whether it’s political or musical.”
With Catfish and the Bottlemen
When •Monday, 7 p.m.
Where • USANA Amphitheatre, 5150 Upper Ridge Road, West Valley City
Tickets • $30-$89.50; Smith’s Tix