Meanwhile, The Vaccines are rained off stage
Green Day closed this year’s Bilbao BBK festival in Bilbao, Spain, on Saturday night (July 13), with a set packed with hits and novelty set pieces.
The US rock trio played The Ramones’ ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ and the theme from The Good, The Bad And The Ugly before taking to the stage and playing ’99 Revolutions’, ‘Know Your Enemy’ and ‘Stay The Night’, all taken from the band’s run of three 2012 albums.
After ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’, singer Billie Joe Armstrong introduced the older ‘Burnout’ by asking, “How many old green day fans are out there tonight? You guys are really old! This is off a record called ‘Dookie’…”
Later, the band performed a number of set pieces familiar to anyone who has seen their recent stadium shows. They performed a short, seemingly impromptu, cover of ACDC’s ‘Highway To Hell’, they fired toilet paper into the crowd from a motorised spooling device and fired T-shirts from a gun before leading the crowd in a chant of “Olé, olé, olé, olé!”
During ‘Longview’, Armstrong’s son Jakob was brought on stage to play the guitar, and the band invited a member of the audience on stage to sing the remainder of the song. Afterwards, Armstrong declared it “the greatest thing that’s ever happened on a stage in Bilbao”.
The band later played a medley including ‘Shout’, ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’, ‘Break on Through (To The Other Side)’ and ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, while the players donned wigs, comedy-sized glasses and colourful bras. The show concluded with ‘Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)’
Earlier, Vampire Weekend performed a set including ‘Oxford Comma’, ‘I Stand Corrected’, ‘Ya Hey’ and ‘Horchata’, during which the lights flashed in time with the handclaps. “What a beautiful night, what a beautiful crowd,” Ezra Koenig told the crowd. The set ended with ‘Walcott’, which Koenig said was “a song about leaving Bilbao tonight.”
The festival, which takes place in the mountains on the outskirts of the Basque County city, began on Thursday with a headline set from Depeche Mode. It included numerous tracks from this year’s ‘Delta Machine’ plus big hits ‘Enjoy The Silence’, ‘Personal Jesus’ and ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’. The band – decked out in leather waistcoats and bare chests – played to one of the largest crowds of the weekend.
After them, on the smaller stage, Biffy Clyro performed against a backdrop of their ‘Opposites’ album cover. Opening with ‘Stingin’ Bell’, they played album track ‘A Girl And His Cat’ live for the first time. Before playing the aptly titled ‘Mountains’, frontman Simon Neil told the crowd “This is our last song. I wish we could play all fucking night because this has been the best night of our summer. Need we remind you, we are Biffy fucking Clyro!”
On Friday (July 12), The Vaccines were unlucky with the weather, appearing on stage as fork lightning lit up the skies and rain poured down, thinning the crowd to just a fraction of those on site. Their set ended early when the sound went off, but not before they’d played ‘Wetsuit’.
Under clearer skies, Klaxons played the piano house-like ‘Invisible Forces’ from their forthcoming third album, plus old favourites including “Golden Skans’ and ‘Atlantis To Interzone’. Actress Keira Knightley, who is married to keyboard player James Righton, watched from the wings. Her husband had learned some local phrases for the occasion: “Muchas gracias, Bilbao,” he said repeatedly.
Former Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell appeared on a smaller stage with his new band Zazou. “The songs we’re playing tonight, we wrote in the Basque country,” he told the crowd. “I just wanted to say that tonight.”
Kings Of Leon headlined the festival’s second night playing a set that was light on new material but included crowd pleasers ‘Molly’s Chambers’, ‘Bucket’, ‘Be There’ and ‘Someone Like You’. “You guys look good from up here,” said Caleb Followill before playing ‘Back Down South’. “Thanks very much for having us.” The set ended with ‘Sex On Fire’.
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’
‘Hitchin’ a Ride’
‘Highway to Hell’
‘When I Come Around’
‘King for a Day’
‘Shout’ / ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’ / ‘Break on Through (to the Other Side)’ / ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’
‘Jesus of Suburbia’
‘Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)’