Green Day In Ottawa

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On Friday night, we headed to Kanata for the Green Day concert. It had been a while since we last saw a live show… Since August last year and the Radiohead concert in Montreal. And best of all, I somehow managed to sneak my Nikon D-60 in.

I remember listening to Green Day when I was in junior high, back in the nineties. I had a tape of Dookie and we would try to understand the lyrics of Basketcase… I like the late American Idiot album too.

The show was just great. The band had a lot of energy: “This ain’t TV,” frontman Billie Joe Armstrong shouted. “Get off your fucking asses.” He had a little kid on stage to perform a preaching trick, a guy and a girl to sing his song and he even lent his guitar. He soaked the crowd with water, fire some toilet paper and threw tee shirts with a gun. The stage was on fire most of the time, with great pyrotechnics effects.

My ears are still ringing but never mind, it was fun.


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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.


  1. silverneurotic on

    I am really jealous, I wanted to see them in Albany but tickets were a bit too high for the “decent” seats. I saw them back during their American Idiot tour and they were phenomenal. Best live concert I’ve ever been to.

  2. they have a lot of energy and put on a great show!
    i have time of your life (good riddance) on my ipod.

    so take the photographs and still frames in your mind.
    hang it on a shelf in good health and good time.
    tattoos of memories and dead skin on trial.
    for what it’s worth, it was worth all the while.
    it’s something unpredictable but in the end it’s right.
    i hope you had the time of your life.

    I love the photos, zhu!

  3. Great pics rock chick! I knew you had it in you. Hey, who said an avid world traveller isn’t able to rock the masses (oh god, that was so lame, hey I just woke up, sue me, LOL!!!).

  4. You rock! I would have loved to be there with you. It looks like they had a very strong stage presence and a lot of energy. Looks like a helluva great time 🙂

  5. Those are some impressive photos! Usually concert photos are so distant and blurry, but these are great!

    Regarding your comment, at our school students are not allowed to use cell phones at all, nor are they allowed to eat or drink in the classrooms outside of break time. So coffee, Blackberrys… nope! Also, I don’t allow electronic dictionaries in my class. Nobody complains about the rules and it sure makes classroom management a lot easier!

  6. @Linguist-in-Waiting – It was really good. I’m not a huge fan of the band and I didn’t follow all their albums, but it was worth it just for the atmosphere.

    @silverneurotic – We were lucky, tickets weren’t too expensive in Ottawa!

    @beaverboosh – Thank you! I wasn’t allowed backstage though 😆

    @Seraphine – Thank you! They were awesome. One of these band that is great live!

    @Deadpoolite – I won’t sue you, the paperwork would be in Greek. And it’s Greek to me (lame, I’m tired!)

    @DianeCA – It was a very very good show!

    @Tulsa Gentleman – I was lucky!

    @Scarlet – The energy, the noise, the atmosphere… definitely a great night!

    @Seb – Thank you! I loved them in the nineties too.

    @Brenda – My students are usually executives or politicians, so discipline is a bit different 😉

    @Final_Transit – They are actually everything but green 😆

  7. i hate when venues say ‘no pictures.’ i can understand ‘no flashes’ but if i am taking a regular photo, why should anyone care? for some people (me), photography is how they ‘see’ the world. yes, there are different ways to see, just as there are differing ways to listen to music. i take my camera everywhere. one day, somebody will take it away from me, and i’ll feel like the bad girl in class who has to go to the principle’s office to get it back.

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