“Take a look around you,” Billie Joe Armstrong said. “This is human contact. We cannot be locked up anymore. We need to be together.” Just two songs into Green Day’s headlining set at the Hella Mega tour launch at Arlington, Texas’s Globe Life Field, Billie Joe Armstrong asked for the houselights to be turned on so he could see the roughly 35,000 people in the audience. This was quite possibly the largest rock audience that had assembled anywhere in the world since the start of the pandemic, and he wanted to bask in their glow. “Take a look around you,” he said. “This is human contact. We cannot be locked up anymore. We need to be together.” It was a sentiment shared by every performer throughout the five-and-a-half hour concert, which also featured the Interrupters, Weezer, and Fall Out Boy, and it was almost enough to make you forget that the Delta variant is causing infection spikes all over America, mask mandates are returning, and the future is suddenly feeling very uncertain again. But the youthful crowd seemed unbothered by this, and masks were worn by no more than one out of every 300 people.