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The 21st Century Breakdown World Tour was a worldwide concert tour by the band Green Day, lasting from July 3, 2009 to October 29, 2010. The tour was to help show support for their newly released album, 21st Century Breakdown across its 132 shows from the Americas, Europe, Oceania and Asia. It is also the first tour where the band would tour in both Central and South America.

Background

Unlike their previous tour, Green Day would officially start the tour nearly 2 months after the album had already been released on May 15, 2009. The first three legs of the tour would happen through 2009 in North America, Europe, and Oceania. Some dates for the second European and fifth overall leg of the tour were announced during its second leg for the tour in late 2009 aimed for the summer of 2010. Dates for the seventh leg of the tour were announced in March 2010 and scheduled to start for in August of that year. The tour concluded in Central America with its final show in Costa Rica on October 29.

Opening Artists

The tour would be supported by a record number of opening artists, totaling up to 26 artists and bands opening before Green Day. Some would server as the opening act for all the concerts in a leg like AFI while some would only make a one-off appearance like the band's secret side project, Foxboro Hot Tubs. A majority of shows would have an opening act present, with special cases either having multiple or none at all. Only some shows during the band's first, sixth, and final leg of the tour include shows with no opening artists.

Live album and documentary

Like the American Idiot World Tour, the band would record a live album during the tour which would later become Awesome as Fuck. Unlike its previous tour, the recording location for the album was not centralized, instead having songs recorded from different concert venues across the European and North American legs. Only two venues had more than one song recorded for the album, being the Pannonia Fields II venue at Nickelsdorf in Austria and the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California. The video version of the album contains most songs played during the January 23–24 concerts at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan, with one song record at the Cricket Wireless Pavilion in Phoenix, Arizona. The live album would be released on March 22, 2011.

Set List

Green Day's typical setlist would consist of around 20 songs, including hit singles and other songs from 21st Century Breakdown, mixed with their other big hits, ending with one or two encores with at least 2 songs each. Unlike the band's last tour, not all songs from the album were played at least once during the tour. The following is a rough list of most fully-played songs during the tour.

"¡Viva la Gloria!" "2000 Light Years Away" "21 Guns" "21st Century Breakdown" "American Eulogy: Mass Hysteria / Modern World" "American Idiot"
"Are We the Waiting" "At the Library" "Basket Case" "Before the Lobotomy" "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" "Brain Stew"
"Burnout" "Christie Road" "Cigarettes and Valentines" "Coming Clean" "Disappearing Boy" "Dominated Love Slave"
"East Jesus Nowhere" "Extraordinary Girl" "F.O.D." "Geek Stink Breath" "Give Me Novacaine" "Going to Pasalacqua"
"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" "Hitchin' a Ride" "Holiday" "I Fought the Law" (The Crickets cover) "Iron Man" (Black Sabbath cover) "J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)"
"Jaded" "Jesus of Suburbia" "King for a Day" "Know Your Enemy" "Knowledge" (Operation Ivy cover) "Last Night on Earth"
"Letterbomb" "Longview" "Macy's Day Parade" "Maria" "Minority" "Murder City"
"Nice Guys Finish Last" "One for the Razorbacks" "Only of You" "Paper Lanterns" "Redundant" "Scattered"
"She" "Shout" (The Isley Brothers cover) "St. Jimmy" "Stuck With Me" "The Static Age" "Waiting"
"Wake Me Up When September Ends" "Welcome to Paradise" "Whatsername" "When I Come Around" "When It's Time" "Words I Might Have Ate"

Tour Dates

Date City Country Venue Opening Acts
Leg 1 - North America
July 3, 2009 Seattle United States KeyArena The Bravery
July 4, 2009 Vancouver Canada General Motors Place
July 6, 2009 Edmonton Rexall Place
July 7, 2009 Saskatoon Credit Union Centre
July 9, 2009 Winnipeg MTS Centre
July 10, 2009 Fargo United States Fargodome
July 11, 2009 Minneapolis Target Center
July 13, 2009 Chicago United Center
July 14, 2009 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 16, 2009 Hamilton Canada Copps Coliseum
July 17, 2009 Ottawa Scotiabank Place
July 18, 2009 Montreal Bell Centre
July 20, 2009 Boston United States TD Garden
July 21, 2009 Philadelphia Wachovia Spectrum
July 22, 2009 Pittsburgh Mellon Arena N/A
July 24, 2009 Hartford XL Center (recorded for Awesome As Fuck)
July 25, 2009 Albany Times Union Center
July 27, 2009 New York City Madison Square Garden (recorded for Awesome As Fuck) Kaiser Chiefs
July 28, 2009 Madison Square Garden
July 29, 2009 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
July 31, 2009 Nashville Sommet Center
August 1, 2009 Duluth Arena at Gwinnett Center
August 3, 2009 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum
August 4, 2009 Miami American Airlines Arena
August 5, 2009 Orlando Amway Arena
August 7, 2009 New Orleans New Orleans Arena
August 8, 2009 Houston Toyota Center Franz Ferdinand
August 9, 2009 San Antonio AT&T Center
August 11, 2009 St. Louis Scottrade Center
August 12, 2009 Kansas City Sprint Center
August 13, 2009 Omaha Qwest Center
August 15, 2009 Denver Pepsi Center
August 16, 2009 Salt Lake City Energy Solutions Arena
August 18, 2009 San Jose HP Pavilion
August 20, 2009 San Diego Viejas Arena
August 21, 2009 Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Events Center
August 22, 2009 Phoenix US Airways Center
August 24, 2009 Sacramento ARCO Arena
August 25, 2009 Inglewood The Forum
Leg 2 - Europe
September 28, 2009 Lisbon Portugal Pavilhão Atlântico Prima Donna
September 29, 2009 Madrid Spain Palacio de Deportes
October 1, 2009 Barcelona Palau Sant Jordi
October 2, 2009 Toulouse France Le Zénith
October 4, 2009 Paris Palais Omnisports Bercy
October 5, 2009 Cologne Germany Lanxess Arena
October 7, 2009 Berlin O2 World (recorded for Awesome As Fuck)
October 8, 2009 Hamburg Color Line Arena
October 9, 2009 Copenhagen Denmark Forum
October 11, 2009 Stockholm Sweden Ericsson Globe
October 12, 2009 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum Prima Donna

John Olav Nilsen & Gjengen

October 14, 2009 Dortmund Germany Westfalenhalle Prima Donna
October 16, 2009 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy
October 17, 2009 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
October 19, 2009 Glasgow Scotland SECC
October 20, 2009 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena
October 21, 2009 Dublin Ireland The O2
October 23, 2009 London England The O2 Arena
October 24, 2009
October 26, 2009 Sheffield Sheffield Arena
October 27, 2009 Birmingham LG Arena
October 28, 2009
October 30, 2009 Manchester Evening News Arena Prima Donna

Foxboro Hot Tubs

October 31, 2009
November 1, 2009 London Wembley Arena Prima Donna
November 3, 2009 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
November 6, 2009 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
November 8, 2009 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
November 10, 2009 Milan Italy Mediolanum Forum
November 11, 2009 Bologna Futurshow Station
November 12, 2009 Turin PalaOlimpico
Leg 3 - Oceania
December 4, 2009 Perth Australia Burswood Dome Jet
December 6, 2009 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
December 8, 2009 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre (recorded for Awesome As Fuck)
December 9, 2009 Brisbane Entertainment Centre
December 11, 2009 Sydney Acer Arena
December 12, 2009
December 14, 2009 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
December 16, 2009
December 18, 2009 Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena Calling All Cars
December 19, 2009
Leg 4 - Asia
January 12, 2010 Bangkok Thailand Impact Arena Prima Donna
January 14, 2010 Singapore Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium
January 16, 2010 Hong Kong Hong Kong AsiaWorld-Expo
January 18, 2010 Seoul South Korea Olympic Gymnastics Arena
January 21, 2010 Osaka Japan Osaka-jō Hall
January 23, 2010 Saitama Saitama Super Arena (recorded for Awesome As Fuck)
January 24, 2010
January 25, 2010 Nagoya Nippon Gaishi Hall
Leg 5 - Europe
May 29, 2010 Landgraaf Netherlands Pinkpop Festival N/A
May 30, 2010 Hanover Germany TUI Arena Donots
June 2, 2010 Skive Denmark Skive Festival N/A
June 4, 2010 Oslo Norway Ullevaal Stadion Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
June 5, 2010 Gothenburg Sweden Ullevi Stadion Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Johnossi

June 8, 2010 Helsinki Finland Kyläsaari Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

The Hives

June 11, 2010 Munich Germany Olympia-Reitstadion Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Donots

June 12, 2010 Nickelsdorf Austria Nova Rock Festival (recorded for Awesome As Fuck) Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
June 16, 2010 Manchester England Old Trafford Cricket Ground (recorded for Awesome As Fuck) Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Frank Turner

June 19, 2010 London Wembley Stadium (recorded for Awesome As Fuck)
June 21, 2010 Glasgow Scotland SECC (recorded for Awesome As Fuck) Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
June 23, 2010 Dublin Ireland Marlay Park (recorded for Awesome As Fuck) Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Paramore

June 26, 2010 Paris France Parc des Princes Paramore

Billy Talent

June 29, 2010 Prague Czech Republic Vystaviste Holesovice Billy Talent

The Pooh

July 1, 2010 Mainz Germany Messepark Rise Against

Donots

July 2, 2010 Werchter Belgium Rock Werchter Festival N/A
Leg 6 - North America
August 3, 2010 Camden United States Susquehanna Bank Center AFI
August 5, 2010 Darien Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
August 7, 2010 Chicago Lollapalooza Festival
August 9, 2010 Alpharetta Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (recorded for Awesome As Fuck)
August 11, 2010 Bristow Jiffy Lube Live
August 12, 2010 Hartford Comcast Theatre
August 14, 2010 Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center
August 16, 2010 Mansfield Comcast Center
August 18, 2010 Toronto Canada Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
August 20, 2010 Quebec City L'Agora du Vieux-Port
August 21, 2010 Montreal Quai Jacques-Cartier (recorded for Awesome As Fuck)
August 23, 2010 Clarkston United States DTE Energy Music Theatre (recorded for Awesome As Fuck)
August 26, 2010 Dallas SuperPages.com Center (recorded for Awesome As Fuck)
August 28, 2010 Greenwood Village Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
August 30, 2010 Phoenix Cricket Wireless Pavilion (recorded for Awesome As Fuck)
August 31, 2010 Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (recorded for Awesome As Fuck)
September 2, 2010 Chula Vista Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre (recorded for Awesome As Fuck)
September 4, 2010 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre (recorded for Awesome As Fuck)
Leg 7 - Central and South America
October 8, 2010 Caracas Venezuela Estadio de Fútbol de la Universidad Simón Bolívar Lado B
October 10, 2010 Cajicá Colombia Nem-Catacoa Festival Don Tetto
October 13, 2010 Porto Alegre Brazil Gigantinho Superguidis
October 15, 2010 Rio de Janeiro HSBC Arena N/A
October 17, 2010 Brasília Ginásio Nilson Nelson Tiro Williams
October 20, 2010 São Paulo Arena Anhembi Nevilton
October 22, 2010 Buenos Aires Argentina Pepsi Music Festival, Costanera Sur Massacre
October 24, 2010 Santiago Chile Estadio Bicentenario de La Florida Attaque 77
October 26, 2010 Lima Peru Estadio Universidad San Marcos Vaselina
October 29, 2010 San José Costa Rica Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá N/A

Cancelled Performances

Throughout the entire tour, the only performance to be cancelled was the concert at Heineken Jammin' Festival in Venice, Italy during leg six of the tour due to bad weather.

Reception

From the entirety of the 21st Century Breakdown World Tour, the band generated around $90 million across the 132 shows during its run. The tour also sold a similar amount of tickets like the previous American Idiot tour with around 1.5 million sold. Like the tour, the album was also Green Day's most commercially successful album, hitting one million units sold in February of 2011 with over 3.5 million worldwide as of 2022. Awesome As Fuck was released to a generally favorable reception with 100,000 units sold and around 500,000 units total from both album and DVD sales worldwide.

Personnel

Green Day

Additional Musicians

  • Jason White – lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals
  • Jason Freese – keyboards, piano, saxophone, accordion, acoustic guitar on "Are We The Waiting", backing vocals
  • Jeff Matika – rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals

Opening Act Artists

  • The Bravery - leg one opening act (July 3–25, 2009)
  • Kaiser Chiefs - leg one opening act (July 27–August 7, 2009)
  • Franz Ferdinand - leg one opening act (August 8–25, 2009)
  • Prima Donna - leg two, two four opening act
  • John Olav Nilsen & Gjengen - Oslo Spektrum opening act
  • Foxboro Hot Tubs - Evening News Arena opening act (October 31, 2009)
  • Jet - leg three opening act (December 4–16, 2009)
  • Calling All Cars - Vector Arena opening act
  • Donots - leg four opening act (May 30, June 11, July 1, 2010)
  • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - leg four opening act (June 4–23, 2010)
  • Johnossi - Ullevi Stadion opening act
  • The Hives - Kyläsaari opening act
  • Frank Turner - leg four opening act (June 16–19, 2010)
  • Paramore - leg four opening act (June 23–26, 2010)
  • The Pooh - Vystaviste Holesovice opening act
  • Billy Talent - leg four opening act (June 26–29, 2010)
  • Rise Against - Messepark opening act
  • AFI - leg six opening act
  • Lado B - Caracas, Venezuela opening act
  • Don Tetto - Nem-Catacoa Festival opening act
  • Superguidis - Gigantinho opening act
  • Tiro Williams - Ginásio Nilson Nelson opening act
  • Nevilton - Arena Anhembi opening act
  • Massacre - Buenos Aires, Argentina opening act
  • Attaque 77 - Estadio Bicentenario de La Florida opening act
  • Vaselina - Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá opening act
veGreen Day
Members Current

Billie Joe Armstrong (1987–present) • Mike Dirnt (1987–present) • Tré Cool (1990–present)

Former

Raj Punjabi (1987) • Sean Hughes (1987-1988) • John Kiffmeyer (1987–1990) • Aaron Cometbus (1990) • Dave "E.C." Henwood (1990) • Jason White (2012–2016)

Touring Members Current

Jason White (1999–present) • Jason Freese (2006–present) • Kevin Preston (2019–present)

Former

Gabrial McNair (1999–2001) • Garth SchultzKurt Lohmiller (1999–2005) • Mike Pelino (2006–2007) • Ronnie Blake (2006–2007) • Jeff Matika (2009–2019)

Tours

Dookie World TourInsomniac TourNimrod TourLife Without Warning TourPop Disaster TourAmerican Idiot World Tour21st Century Breakdown World Tour99 Revolutions TourRevolution Radio TourHella Mega Tour

Record Labels

Lookout! RecordsSkene! RecordsReprise RecordsWarner Bros. RecordsAdeline Records

Businesses

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Merchandise

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Side Projects

American Idiot (musical) • Billie Joe ExperienceFoxboro Hot TubsThe CoverupsThe NetworkRodeo Queens

Lists

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