by Jesse Hudgins
The Hella Mega Tour came to Wrigley Field on August 15th, and featured an incredible lineup of The Interrupters, Weezer, Fall Out Boy, and Green Day. It was one of the most amazing shows that I’ve ever had the privilege of going to, and that’s not an overstatement. The show was sold out, and it was so packed that my friends and I had trouble figuring out which line was for the entrance and which was to buy merch.
Nothing about the concert was disappointing, from start to finish. The Interrupters were a great opener, bringing in the perfect amount of ska-punk to get the night going. They were naturals at working the crowd and are boosting their reputation immensely being on this tour.
Weezer was up next, and they played a great mix of their hits, and newer songs from Van Weezer and Ok Human. Rivers Cuomo was awkward on stage, as usual, but the band kep the songs coming, and the crowd fed off them, singing along to the hits.
Fall Out Boy was up third, and they were the band I was looking forward to the least. However, I have to admit that I was wrong! I thoroughly enjoyed their set, which included all their most popular songs, and their stage show was probably the best one of the night, full of pyrotechnics and changing stage sets.
Finally came Green Day, who were a house of fire. They played nothing but hits, except for their newest song “Pollyanna,” and put on a master class of how to put on a concert. They controlled the crowd like they planted every single fan in attendance, Billie Joe didn’t go through a single rant, and just relished being together again.
Overall, the show was one of the best I’ve ever been to, full of fun, great music, and so much emotion from being together again. It was absolutely what everyone seemed to need, and it even inspired me write some of my own music!