At age 12, my daughter Katy’s favorite band in the world is Green Day. So taking her to Fenway to see them live was a dream come true for both of us.
The other thing about being 12? Most 12-year-olds love pizza. So we hit Supreme on Mass Ave. for slices before we hit the show.
I've never been on the field for a Fenway show before, so I had no idea how close we'd be to the stage. Neither did my daughter. Watching her eyes pop out of her head as the security staff stamped our tickets, put on our wristbands, and ushered us in was pretty damn cool.
Rivers Cuomo's larger-than-life mullet was even bigger on the big screen.
SERIOUSLY, HOW ARE WE THIS CLOSE TO THE STAGE?!
During their cover of "Africa" Weezer fans in the seats lit up their cellphones, which we thought looked pretty cool with the backdrop of the overcast sky over the Park.
Weezer closed with "Buddy Holly" and shot off a confetti cannon at the end of their set. Katy caught a few pieces in the air for a souvenir.
"Dad, can you take a picture of me holding up my t-shirt in front of the big screen with the Hella Mega logo on it?" Of course I can.
Pre-Green Day pic. Oh, and it's an SS Decontrol mask I'm sporting if you're wondering. Of course, if you're an old-ass Boston punk, you already knew that.
Green Day, for quite a few years now, sends one of their crew members (or maybe it's a band member?) out on stage before their set to warm up the crowd. It's quite entertaining.
Since first hearing "Longview" in 1993, I've liked Green Day. But I never *loved* Green Day. They've been a punk constant throughout my radio career, always there with solid songs, but there have always been other bands I've put ahead of them. This all changed at Fenway Park last Thursday night. Seeing them live--through my daughter's eyes--changed my perspective and gave me a new appreciation for what they've been doing for over 30 years now.
Yeah, I took a lot of selfies. Because I wanted to capture as much of the moment as I could. My daughter and I got to share a live set by her favorite band at Fenway Park, right in the mix. It's a show I'll never forget and I don't think she will, either.