Jun. 12, 2013
Green Day have been included in a new collection of protest songs in Bono’s ONE campaign, in a new initiative called agit8. The list is being launched with some 50 songs including music from Elvis Costello, Mumford & Sons, Tom Waits, and The Beatles.
The goal of the list is to help influence politicians attending the G8 summit to help end poverty. Some of the artists involved are covering songs or releasing special versions. As for Green Day’s involvement, the band has now released this special live version of 99 Revolutions from Bologna, Italy.
Info: Emirates Stadium, London, England
Photographer: Stuart MacFarlane
Date Taken: June 1, 2013
Green Day played a hit-packed two and a half-hour set at Emirates Stadium in London last night (June 1) – which also featured audience antics, bizarre costumes and Billie Joe Armstrong firing a huge toilet paper gun into the crowd.
The set, opening with a plethora of new material from the band’s three new albums released last year – ‘¡Uno!’, ‘¡Dos!’ and ‘¡Tre!’ – spanned the band’s career, featuring such highlights as ‘Basket Case’, ‘Welcome To Paradise’, ‘American Idiot’, ‘Minority’ and ‘Jesus Of Suburbia’.
The band were introduced by a man in a pink rabbit suit silently geeing up the crowd before Green Day emerged for a fiery ’99 Revolutions’ from ‘¡Tre!’. There followed ‘Know Your Enemy’ during which Billie Joe Armstrong invited a fan in a Union Jack body stocking to clamber onstage and sing the chorus, while holding up a home-made sign saying “We Love You, Green Day”.
The man wasn’t the only crowd member who took to the stage during the night: a young fan was carried from the front row to hold up a sign saying “Green Day Rocks” throughout ‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’, while another fan sang the final chorus of ‘Longview’ and a pink-haired girl was taught the three chords needed to play along with Operation Ivy’s ‘Knowledge’.
The band gave the set a loose, freeform feel, asking for requests before playing rarity ‘Sassafras Roots’ from 1994’s ‘Dookie’. Billie Joe also appeared after ‘Knowledge’ with a water-spray, a low-slung gun-like machine that fired full rolls of toilet paper over the audience and a T-shirt canon.
The chaos really kicked in, however, when ‘King For A Day’ gave way to a medley of ‘Shout’ by Lulu, The Rolling Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ and The Undertones’ ‘Teenage Kicks’ with the band dressed in fancy dress costumes. You can watch fan-shot footage of the medley below.
‘Know Your Enemy’
‘Stay The Night’
‘Stop When The Red Light Flashes’
‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’
‘Nice Guys Finish Last’
‘Waiting’ / ‘Missing You’
‘Burnout’ / ‘J.A.R’
‘Hitchen’ A Ride’
‘Welcome To Paradise’
‘When I Come Around’
‘King For A Day’
‘Jesus Of Suburbia’
Sources: Green Day Authority
Green Day’s “Oh Love,” shows the band playing music for some scantily clad models on couches with expressions of divinely orgasmic ecstasy, along in what appears to be a look alike set of the band’s American Idiot musical. It’s like the practices your band used to have in your parents’ basement when nobody knew you but your dog and your friends – minus the models. The song comes from ¡Uno!, the first of the band’s three new upcoming albums (the others are ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!). Singer Billie Joe Armstrong described the song as “very lustful” in an interview segment accompanying the video, which was directed by Samuel Bayer. Oh boredom.
Bland and dull.