August 22, 2013 8:18
Green Day play 1994 album 'Dookie' in full at Reading and Leeds warm-up gig
Green Day and Frank Turner also paid tribute to The Clash's Joe Strummer on what would have been his birthday
It formed part of an almost three-hour set at London's O2 Academy Brixton.
Green Day and support act Frank Turner also both paid tribute to the late frontman of The Clash, Joe Strummer.
The gig took place on what would have been Strummer's 61st birthday and saw crowds streaming around the entire south London block on which the venue is situated ahead of the gig. The show was opened by an acoustic Frank Turner, accompanied by Matt Nasir on mandolin. The singer made reference to his recent ill health and told the crowd he was wearing a back brace. "Last week I slipped a fucking disc in my back and I was told by my doctor not to play gigs for three months... and I told him to fuck off," he said to cheers.
Turner's set – which was announced the morning of the show – included a cover of Paul McCartney and Wings' 'Live And Let Die', as well as his own songs 'If Ever I Stray', 'Try This At Home', 'Losing Days', 'The Road', 'The Way I Tend to Be', 'Wessex Boy', 'Photosynthesis' and 'I Still Believe'. 'Recovery' was dedicated to the memory of Joe Strummer, with Turner quoting The Hold Steady's 'Constructive Summer', in which the band call the frontman "our only decent teacher".
Green Day followed Turner with a typically energetic set, playing as a six-piece band. "Oh my God, we've not been here since 2004," said frontman Billie Joe Armstrong of the venue. "It's intimate, it's not intimate, it's everything!" Ahead of 'Letterbomb', Armstrong wished Strummer a happy birthday. During the song, he then ranted about modern technology, making reference to his recent stint in rehab.
"I just got off fucking drugs, I can't tell which is which – the video game or my fucking phone," he said, comparing the addictive power of social media and easy-access entertainment to drugs.
The band went on the play their third album, 1994's 'Dookie', in full and in order. For a complete setlist, see below.
Green Day and Frank Turner both play Reading Festival's main stage tomorrow (August 23) and Leeds Festival on Saturday (August 24).
Green Day played:
'Know Your Enemy'
'Stay the Night'
'Stop When The Red Lights Flash'
'Boulevard of Broken Dreams'
'Let Yourself Go'
'Wake Me Up When September Ends'
'Having a Blast'
'Welcome To Paradise'
'When I Come Around'
'In the End'
'Jesus Of Suburbia'
'Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)'
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