California pop punk trio also get into the World Cup spirit at London football venue
Green Day played the “biggest fucking show of their lives” at London‘s Wembley Stadium tonight (June 19).
The American punk-pop trio played a mammoth two hour-and 50-minute set from their 20-year back catalogue.
The setlist featured tracks and hits from seven of their eight albums as they peppered their set with pyrotechnics and shooting flames.
The band kicked off the show with ’21st Century Breakdown’ opener ‘Song Of The Century’. Shortly afterwards, singer Billie Joe Armstrong ordered the whole of the stadium to stand up as he declared: “This is the biggest fucking show we have ever had in our lives. This is going to be the best rock ‘n’ roll show Wembley has ever seen.”
Throughout the gig, the singer declared his love for England and wrapped himself in the St George flag, as well as wearing a wig with the cross on on a number of occasions.
As ever the frontman brought several fans onstage to help out on vocals to the point where one fan sang the whole of ‘Longview’ while the rest of the band played on.
Earlier, the whole stadium sang in unison to their hit single ‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’ before Joe Armstrong joked: “Fucking Green Day is going to win the goddamn World Cup, I can tell you that now.”
During the first part of the show, the trio also performed a short medley of covers, which you can watch below, that included a cover of Black Sabbath‘s ‘Iron Man’, Guns N’ Roses‘ hit ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ and AC/DC‘s ‘Highway To Hell’.
The band then launched into 1996 single ‘Brain Stew’, which saw Armstrong spray the crowd with a giant hose, which he then passed to a fan he pulled up onstage while he fired toilet roll from a gun into the crowd. He then went a stage further and started shooting T-shirts out into the crowd.
Later the band were backed by a saxophonist for ‘King For A Day’ while their singer marched onstage with a silver crown and a white feather boa.
The track then segued into a huge medley which began with Tre Cool, who was wearing a red bra, white hat and black Dame Edna style glasses, singing the lyrics to Lulu‘s classic hit ‘Shout’ before their frontman took over as he went on to sing Life Of Brian anthem ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’, The Undertones‘ ‘Teenage Kicks’, ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ and ‘Paint It, Black’ by The Rolling Stones and The Beatles classic ‘Hey Jude’.
As the band started to wrap up the show, Armstrong told the crowd: “I tell you one thing, I’m going to remember this for the rest of my fucking life,” as he launched into an acoustic version of ‘When It’s Time’.
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The band closed the show with ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’ and ‘Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)’ to huge cheers.
Green Day played:
‘Song of the Century’
’21st Century Breakdown’
‘Know Your Enemy’
‘East Jesus Nowhere’
‘The Static Age’
‘Give Me Novacaine’
‘Are We The Waiting’
‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’
‘Nice Guys Finish Last’
‘Geek Stink Breath’
‘Dominated Love Slave’
‘Hitchin’ A Ride’
‘Welcome To Paradise’
‘When I Come Around’
‘Iron Man’/’Sweet Child O’ Mine’/’Highway To Hell’
‘King For A Day’
‘Shout’/’Teenage Kicks’/'(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’/’Hey Jude’/’Paint It Black’
‘Jesus Of Suburbia’
‘When It’s Time’
‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’
‘Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)’
Earlier, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts warmed up for Green Day as the singer dedicated ‘Victim Of Circumstance’ to bassist Mike Dirnt, before she went on to perform her biggest hit ‘I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll’.
Frank Turner opened proceedings, dedicating ‘Long Live The Queen’ to a late friend.