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Green Day play tiny gig in Australian pub – watch

US punk trio played Captain Cook Hotel in Sydney last night (February 20)

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Green Day played a secret show in a pub in Sydney, Australia last night (February 20). See above to watch the band perform 'Brain Stew' now.

The gig, which took place at Captain Cook Hotel in the Australian city, was announced just hours before it began with fans forced to dash to the venue in order to gain entry. Green Day are currently on a tour of larger venues in Australia and will headline the Soundwave Festival on Sunday (February 23).

The gig was organised by Captain Cook Hotel owner Darren Wood, Inferno Music instrument-supplier boss Tim Davy and author of the My Sydney Riot blog Ray Lalotoa. "It happened in all of about five minutes," Lalotoa told The Daily Telegraph Australia. "Green Day came and checked it out and said, 'This is going to work, we’re 99 per cent going to play’, and just said, 'Don’t tell anyone about it'."

Stepping onto the tiny stage, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong reportedly said: "I guess a few of you saw the tweet" before playing a set consisting of newer material, fan favourites and requests from the audience. The short set concluded with 'American Idiot'.




Green Day previously revealed that they plan to take a 'break' following their Australian tour dates. Speaking to Jo Whiley in 2013, frontman Armstrong said: "We're going to Australia, doing a tour there and then we're going to take a break. We haven't really been doing much. So it's just nice to kind of do some other things, y'know, when we get ready to do Green Day again, our batteries will be charged."

Green Day played:

'99 Revolutions'
'Know Your Enemy'
'Nice Guys Finish Last'
'Holiday'
'Stuck with Me'
'Burnout'
'Chump'
'Longview'
'Rusty James'
'Brain Stew'
'St. Jimmy'
'American Idiot'

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