Just two songs into Green Day’s headlining set at the Hella Mega tour launch at Arlington, Texas’s Globe Life Field, Billie Joe Armstrong asked for the houselights to be turned on so he could see the roughly 35,000 people in the audience. This was quite possibly the largest rock audience that had assembled anywhere in the world since the start of the pandemic, and he wanted to bask in their glow.
“Take a look around you,” he said. “This is human contact. We cannot be locked up anymore. We need to be together.”
It was a sentiment shared by every performer throughout the five-and-a-half hour concert, which also featured the Interrupters, Weezer, and Fall Out Boy.
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