Sometimes a band is so prolific and tuned in that, with every record release, they hit a new wave of fans who are waiting to hear what they have to say.
The period of time in a person’s life between the ages of about 12 to 30 is when they build their personal soundtracks. You find the music that belongs to you. Not to your parents or even necessarily to your peers: you. This music is something that helps you find your niche. It uses the words you haven’t yet found to describe the life you haven’t yet achieved, and the loves you haven’t yet found. The songs you find during this challenging and frustrating time are the songs you will carry with you throughout your life.
I’ve found that people generally don’t choose Life Soundtrack music lightly. These are no one-hit wonders; these are bands like Rush and the Jackson Five and Green Day. They came on the radio at a time we were ready to hear them, and they spoke to us in our language and became ours. Sometimes a band is so prolific and tuned in that, with every record release, they hit a new wave of fans who are waiting to hear what they have to say.
Green Day’s first well-known album came out in 1994. I was a freshman in college, and it hit me right in the chest. I needed to hear everything they had to say, and with every subsequent album, I find they’re speaking to me again. Their new album, Revolution Radio (releasing in October 2016) holds the same kind of promise. My daughter is 12, and curating her personal soundtrack already. She’d forgotten her CDs one night, so I rummaged around downstairs and came up with a copy of Green Day’s Dookie. She was so excited and asked if I’d bought it for her. No, punkin’, this is Mom’s 22-year-old copy of Dookie: It’s beloved, scratched all to hell, but still plays like a dream.
Green Day will be at The Pageant in St. Louis on September 20. I’ll bet they’re in the same condition as my CD. | Melissa Cynova
Full U.S. tour dates are below. All dates are sold out.
09.20 | The Pageant, St. Louis
09.21 | Aragon Ballroom, Chicago
09.23 | Scotiabank WCOH Fan Village, Toronto
09.24 | The Fillmore, Detroit
09.26 | Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH
09.28 | Starland Ballroom, Sayreville NJ
09.29 | Tower Theatre, Upper Darby PA
10.01 | House of Blues, Boston
10.03 | 9:30 Club, Washington DC
10.08 | Webster Hall, New York
10.17 | Palladium, Los Angeles
10.20 | The UC Theatre, Berkeley