The long-anticipated Hell Mega tour finally came to Philadelphia and came full tilt. One of the greatest line ups ever for a Stadium tour, Hell Mega includes Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer, and The Interrupters.
The sold-out Citizen’s Bank Park was very muggy as The Interrupters, the ska-punk band from California was the opened the show. A mixed of sunshine and rain clouds were present as The Interrupters took the sweaty stage. Aimee Allen greeted the fans using the entire catwalk and stage while brothers Jesse, Justin, Kevin Bivona got the crowd jumping. The band set the vibe for the rest of the evening.
After a quick set change, Weezer took the stage. There was definitely an 80’s vibe going on as Rivers Cuomo sporting a full mullet rocked the crowd with both new and classic songs. The amazing backdrop of stacked Marshall amps colored with a Miami Vice color scheme; you couldn’t help but be taken away.
Cue the rainstorm.
In between another set change, the sky darkened, and massive rain fell over the entire stadium. The crowd embraced it as the sweat meter was over 100%. The crowd enjoyed the cooling off, but unfortunately the rain lasted well into the Fall Out Boys’ set. So, the band did not initially spend much time on the catwalk, but both vocalist/guitarist Patrick Stump and bassist Pete Wentz came out on the catwalk to delight the crowd. Pete even brought the heat via his bass guitar equipped with a flamethrower blasting it in unison with the pyrotechnics dancing on the stage.
After a flash back intro video, the headliner Green Day came out. Billie Joe ironically asked the crowd early in the set if everyone could please put down their phones and experience the show because we have been stuck looking at our phones for the last year and a half. Beginning the set with American Idiot, it seemed poetic as the words still hold true today for whatever is going on in America. Set against massive LED screens, the band played through classics from their entire catalog. A highlight of the set was when Billie Joe asked a fan if they knew how to play. The lucky fans in the front started to look like a bunch of mini billboards asking to be picked.
Despite all the recent events which delayed this tour, all the performances provided a much-needed musical vitamin to our health. The tour continues through September with Las Vegas as the last stops.
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Article and Photographs by: Bob Linneman