Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer drenched Philadelphia with a fiery rock show on Friday (Aug. 20).
The trio of rock bands brought their highly-anticipated Hella Mega Tour to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia for an explosive evening of hit songs. Despite pandemic uncertainty, which started in 2020 when the global health crisis took over the world, the Hella Mega Tour was rescheduled once and fortunately only once. And although it was pouring rain throughout the four-band concert in Philadelphia, not even the downpour was putting a dampening on the fans excitement of this blistering rock concert.
The show kicked off with an energy-filled set from Los Angeles ska-punk band, The Interrupters, who put their signature sound on full-display through their brief set. The band’s charming vocalist, Aimee Interrupter, has a demanding stage presence and surely knows how to work a crowd, all with a big smile on her face that didn’t go away throughout the entire duration of their impressive set.
Following The Interrupters set, Weezer played a career-spanning set of hits for a solid hour, including “Beverly Hills,” “Buddy Holly,” “All My Favorite Songs,” “Undone — The Sweater Song,” “Say It Ain’t So,” “Island In The Sun” and of course their fan-favorite cover of Toto’s “Africa.” The set included a song for every fan, whether you’re a big fan or a new fan, there was a song in the set list for you. The band’s stage production was impressive, included within their pink, purple and teal color scheme, was Marshall amps, massive lightning bolts, and their signature W logo in lights. The band ended their lengthy set with one of their classic hits, “Buddy Holly.”
Prior to Fall Out Boy, mother nature decided to drench the near-capacity crowd with a down pouring rain but that didn’t stop Fall Out Boy, composed of Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Andy Hurley & Joe Trohman, from dominating the stage with some top-notch production and a killer set list. The Chicago-based group exploded onto the stage and were greeted by a roaring crowd of rain soaked fans.
“Hurricane? Whatever. We’re f**king doing it,” Wentz said after performing “The Phoenix,” “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” and “Irresistible.”
Fall Out Boy’s 15-song set spanned their 20+ year career and featured a slew of fan-favorite hits such as “Uma Thurman,” “Thnks fr th Mmrs,” “Dance, Dance,” “Centuries,” “Saturday” and more, however material from their latest project, Mania, was sparse as they only performed 1-track from that album. Their energy-filled performance featured some excellent production with pyrotechnics, confetti, and a LED video wall that gave the perfect visual for each and every song in the set and notably Wentz’ fire-spewing bass.
After the infamous Drunk Bunny stumbled around the massive stage, Green Day exploded onto the stage with their chart-topping smash hit “American Idiot,” a song that immediately kicked their set into high-gear.
Throughout their 90-minute set, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and GRAMMY-award winning rock band proved why they are one of the most successful bands in music history with a setlist spanning across several decades. Including performances of songs like “Holiday,” “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “When I Come Around,” “Basket Case” and “Wake Me Up When September Ends.”
A highlight of the band’s set was when they led a massive sing-a-long during “21 Guns” and also when they covered KISS’ renowned hit, “Rock and Roll All Nite,” before concluding their set with “Good Riddance, (Time of Your Life).”