Last seen at Xcel Energy Center lambasting Bush-era politics on their American Idiot Tour in 2005 – oh, how politics have changed since then – ‘90s punk heroes Green Day will return to St. Paul’s hockey arena on April Fools' Day.
Tickets to the April 1 show go on sale Friday at noon through Ticketmaster and the X’s box office for $29.50-$69.50. Florida-reared anarcho-punk band Against Me, led by transgender activist Laura Jane Grace, is opening all the dates on the tour starting March 1 in Phoenix.
Reared in San Francisco’s East Bay area in the mid-’80s, Green Day just issued its latest record this past Friday, “Revolution Radio,” more of a personal self-help collection than anything political. Check out the video for the first single, "Bang Bang," below. The band last played in the Twin Cities – where frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has spent ample time with his Minnesotan wife – in 2009 at Target Center on the tour for “21st Century Breakdown.”
Another Monday morning announcement from Xcel Energy Center: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw added a second stop in St. Paul on Aug. 26 purportedly “due to demand,” even though the general on-sale for the Aug. 25 date hasn’t yet happened. Tickets to both shows go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for $69.50-$119.50.