August 24, 2012 10:52

Green Day warm up for Reading And Leeds at intimate UK show

The pop-punk trio also covered The Beatles, Fun and The Undertones at last night's (August 23) London show

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Green Day launched their new album trilogy '¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré!' at an intimate show at London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire last night (August 23).

Playing their first UK gig in almost two years, the band played six tracks from their new album trilogy, including new single 'Oh Love' and their Amy Winehouse tribute track 'Amy'.

At the start of the sold-out show, the band's drummer Tré Cool actually took to the stage by himself and playfully told the crowd ''Sorry everyone, Billie Joe's [Armstrong - singer] got laryngitis".

He then played a ragged version of 'All By Myself', which saw Armstrong come out at the end and join in on drums. To loud cheers the two then swapped places and the band launched into their classic 'Welcome To Paradise'.

The band, backed by two extra musicians as well as regular live guitarist Jason White, then played a two-hour set, which also included new tracks 'Stay The Night', 'Stop When The Red Light (I'll Make You Surrender)', 'Nuclear Family' and the closing '99 Revolutions'.

Green Day also performed a medley of covers, expanding their regular rendition of The Isley Brothers' 'Shout' to also include snippets of Fun's 'We Are Young', Ben E King's 'Stand By Me', The Undertones' 'Teenage Kicks' and The Beatles' 'Hey Jude', which surprisingly drew boos from the crowd.

Though he made no reference to the band's much-rumoured surprise show at Reading Festival this weekend, Armstrong did tell the crowd: "We will be back for a full UK tour next year, I promise you that". It was revealed earlier this week that they will be playing London's Emirates Stadium on June 1.

The band’s new album-trilogy '¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré!' will be released in three stages. The first album '¡Uno!' comes out on September 24, with the second LP '¡Dos!' coming out on November 12 and '¡Tré!' on January 14, 2013.

To coincide with the release of '¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré!', the band will also put out two documentaries. One is being made by Tim Lynch, a producer of the band's recent DVD Green Day: Bullet In A Bible and Tim Wheeler, a co-producer and editor of The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights and will focus on the making of the three albums. A second documentary is being created from vintage footage from the band's pre-'Dookie' days.

Green Day played:

'All By Myself'
'Welcome To Paradise'
'Know Your Enemy'
'Nuclear Family'
'Stay The Night'
'Stop When The Red Light (I'll Make You Surrender)'
'Oh Love'
'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams'
'Hitchin' A Ride'
'2000 Light Years Away'
'Going To Pascalacqua'
'Geek Stink Breath'
'St Jimmy'
'Give Me Novocaine'
'When I Come Around'
'Basket Case'
'King For A Day'
'Shout'/'Teenage Kicks'/'We Are Young'/'Stand By Me'/'Hey Jude'
'American Idiot'
'99 Revolutions'

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Stay tuned to our Reading And Leeds Festivals hub for news reports, reviews, videos and photos from both sites all weekend.

To read the ultimate Reading And Leeds Festivals review, pick up the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands from Wednesday (August 29) or available digitally. If you're at Reading or Leeds this weekend, be sure to Tweet or Instagram your pictures to #NMEreading and #NMEleeds and the best will make next week's issue.

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