36 people died in the blaze at the Ghost Ship warehouse
Green Day paid tribute to the victims of the Oakland warehouse fire while performing at the city’s Oracle Arena last night (December 10).
One of the deadliest fires in the city’s history killed 36 people on December 2 at the Ghost Ship warehouse during a show put on by 100% Silk.
The punk band were active in Oakland’s DIY scene in the late ’80s and early ’90s, and spoke about the community people find in places like Ghost Ship during their performance as Vulture reports.
“My heart just goes out to all the people who perished in that warehouse, because these are just people looking for themselves,” frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said. “They’re just trying to have a moment where they can all just celebrate just being artists and being weird and having fun.
He continued: “We have to cherish all the freaks and the weirdos… people need a place. They didn’t go art school. They got kicked out of their parents’ house. And they have nothing. But they find something in this sort of community, when they weren’t accepted before. So it’s really important that these people have an affordable place to live.”
The group then dedicated ‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’ to those who lost their lives.
Armstrong also paid tribute to the fire’s victims on Instagram earlier this week (December 6). “It’s been many years since I’ve lived in warehouses and communal spaces like Ghost ship, he captioned the post.
“Those were some of the best and most fulfilling times in my life. living with other weirdos, artists, activists, and musicians.. spaces like this allow the strange ones to thrive and be the people that normal society rejects.
“We inspired each other, laughed together, and created new friends and family we didn’t know existed. The city of oakland provided that for me and my closest friends. this tragedy hits close to all of our hearts. please do what you can to help heal this intense loss.. more information to come .. let’s take care of each other.”