The tragedy took 36 lives earlier this month
Footage has emerged of Green Day paying tribute to the victims of the Oakland warehouse fire while performing at the city’s Oracle Arena on Saturday 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, dedicating the performance of their song ‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’ to those who lost their lives.
“These are people that are just here looking for themselves, just trying to have a moment where they could all just celebrate just being artists and being weird and having fun,” frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told the crowd. Watch in the video below.
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. See beneath.
“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.”