It’s tempting to classify Monday night’s hella Mega Tour stop at Target Field as an evening of Gen X nostalgia, given that two of the three main acts — Green Day and Weezer — spent their careers in the late ’90s. Seeing the sky soaring in Nirvana.
But the presence of Fall Out Boy on the bill proved that it was really more about Millennial nostalgia. The first wave of Fall Out Boy’s success coincided with Green Day’s massive second wave in the mid-’00s. Meanwhile, Weezer manages to score a big, if utterly shameless, radio hit every year. (Plus, there’s really nothing to be said about Gen X, because other generations don’t really accept Gen X.)
Whatever the case, with a nearly sold-out ballpark, it stands out as Metro’s biggest concert venue since Garth Brooks filled US Bank Stadium over two nights in May 2019. The crowd—heavy with craft beer/bike dad types and now grown up suburban punks—seemed and cheered to be back to normalcy, sang along and jumped around for all the big hits out of them. A full evening
After a brief opening set from Los Angeles ska punk band The Interrupters (whose single “She’s Kerosene” is truly disturbing), Weiser took the stage for a polished hour that spanned his entire career from “Undone – The Sweater Song”. The survey was successful. From “Buddy Holly” to “All My Favorite Songs” and (shudder) his cover of Toto’s “Africa”.
Lead singer Rivers Cuomo — who has gleefully encouraged Weezer to turn it into a living meme — is now a mullet, because of course he does. Weezer has already released two new albums this year, and Cuomo says he’s got four more seasonally themed records he’ll release over the course of 12 months.
Fall Out Boy also played for an hour, which is just the right amount of time to endure the Chicago foursome. Lead singer Patrick Stump remains a vocal force and, if anything, his unexpected break from touring may have solidified his pipes further. But, as always, he also lacks charisma as a frontman and lets bassist Pete Wentz act as the band’s public face.
On Monday night, Wentz had a slightly sour face, but he had some funny moments like his story about how the band’s manager told him “kids don’t really listen to rock music.” (The manager isn’t entirely wrong; FOB is one of the few guitar-driven rock bands that still plays top 40 radio. It helped that the band took on its role as the smash mouths of emo and began releasing singles. Kar Diya which samples the theme song from “The Munsters.”)
It’s a kind of wonderful Green Day, which is still a huge draw almost 27 years after the release of their breakthrough album “Dookie,” which was literally named after excrement. But people have a knack for big, dumb and irresistible stompers—from “Longview” to “Holiday” to “When I Come Around”—who draw from the energy of punk and the fanaticism of ’60s Britpop.
Now 49, lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong is still bursting with youthful, nerdy energy. He isn’t afraid to bring out every last stadium rock cliché, leading the crowd to chants and singles. But someone had to believe him when he said he loved Minnesota: “It’s like home to me. Married to the girl here and everything.” (He met his wife, Adrienne Nesser, on Green Day in 1990 They met four years later. During Monday’s show, Armstrong dedicated the song “Polyanna” to her mother-in-law.)