Leeds 2013: Green Day pay tribute to The Who's 'Live At Leeds' at 'last show for a long time'
The US punk band also played their 1994 album 'Dookie' in full
Drawing an initially smaller crowd than expected following a constant deluge of rain that left the site flowing with mud, the band were preceded by a giant pink rabbit bearing the words 'Tre Cool' on its back as The Ramones' 'Blitzkrieg Bop' played. Green Day then emerged with '99 Revolutions', with singer Billie Joe Armstrong egging the crowd on from the start. "This is a festival!" he screamed, before telling people to put their hands in the air for the climax of the song.
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Armstrong then introduced 'Know Your Enemy' by yelling out the song title before pulling up a member of the audience to sing part of the song and then instructing the volunteer to stagedive back into the crowd. As the band kicked into 'Stay The Night', the singer then told the crowd they were "way louder than Reading" to huge cheers. At this point, the enthusiastic crowd had swelled despite the rain starting to come down again. The band then revealed that tonight would be their last show "for a long time". "We're so fucking glad to be doing it here!" Armstrong added.
Green Day then continued with 'Letterbomb' (with the frontman delivering a diatribe about technology and corporations), 'Holiday' and 'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams', during which Armstrong declared, "If I died tomorrow this would be a great way to go out."
They then continued with 'Let Yourself Go' and a brief cover of The Who's classic 'My Generation', with Billie Joe stating that the band were one of his favourites in the world. Next came a full cover of epic, multi-part Who song 'A Quick One, While He's Away' in tribute to The Who's 'Live At Leeds' album, before continuing into the 'Dookie' portion of the set. With the album artwork rising behind them, the band played the 1994 pop-punk classic in full.
Playing the likes of 'Chump' and a singalong 'Welcome To Paradise', they welcomed another surprisingly in-tune crowd member onstage to sing the rest of the song. The group then continued with a rendition of 'Basketcase', before finishing 'Dookie' with tracks including 'Sassafras Roots', 'When I Come Around' and 'FOD'.
The band then emerged with toilet paper and T-shirt cannons, before breaking into 'St Jimmy' and finishing with 'Minority'.
The encore featured an elongated 'American Idiot', during which Armstrong screamed, "I'm losing my mind." They followed with 'Jesus Of Suburbia' and 'Brutal Love'. Armstrong then came back on for a solo acoustic rendition of 'Walk Away', before a rousing finale of 'Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)'.
Green Day played:
'Know Your Enemy'
'Stay The Night'
'Stop When The Red Lights Flash'
'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams'
'Let Yourself Go'
‘My Generation’ / ‘A Quick One, While He’s Away’
'Having A Blast'
'Welcome To Paradise'
'When I Come Around'
'In The End'
'Jesus Of Suburbia'
'Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)'
See NME.COM/festivals/reading-and-leeds, Readingfestival.com and Leedsfestival.com for more information about this summer's events.
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