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At the Rose Bowl, Green Day turns to the personal over the political

At the Rose Bowl, Green Day turns to the personal over the political

For more than a decade, Green Day has been perhaps the most explicitly political American stadium rock band.

Ever since 2004’s “American Idiot” — Green Day’s multi-platinum, Broadway-adapted album that skewered the George W. Bush era — the pop-punk group has grafted more or less leftist rhetoric into some of the defining rock songs of the decade.

The group’s latest, 2016’s “Revolution Radio,” continues in that vein, with the band leading a chant of “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA” at last year’s American Music Awards.

So it was a little startling when singer Billie Joe Armstrong told the Rose Bowl crowd Saturday that the night’s show would mostly avoid the...

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