Green Day played a spectacular set tonight, Friday August 23, as they headlined this year’s Reading Festival. Here’s some of the best pictures from their epic show…
Much like their warm up show at London’s O2 Brixton Academy on Wednesday (August 21), the band played their third album, 1994’s ‘Dookie’, from start to finish in between some of their greatest hits for a mammoth two and a half hour set.
Billie Joe Armstrong and co came on to the Main Stage to huge applause after they were introduced by a giant, dancing pink rabbit, which had drummer Tre Cool’s name emblazoned on the back.
Kicking off with ’99 Revolutions’, frontman Armstrong declared, “Reading, are you ready?” before they started proceedings. The trio then went straight into into ‘Know Your Enemy’ to huge cheers, before Armstrong pulled a fan out of the crowd and up on stage to sing the track with him.
Keeping up the pace with ‘Stay The Night’, the singer called on the audience to up their game. “This is no fucking party I have to admit. Come on, this ain’t just any festival, this is the greatest festival in the world,” he said.
He also confessed: “When I first started playing punk rock music, I used to get my arse kicked. Everyone thought I was a freak. Now I’m surrounded by many freaks.”
The band later sparked mass sing-a-longs for ‘Holiday’, ‘When September Ends’ and ‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’ the latter of which saw Armstrong bow down to the crowd and collapse in a heap.
Introducing ‘Dookie’ to a huge backdrop of the album cover, Armstrong declared: “Ladies and gentlemen next year 2014 will mark 20 years of ‘Dookie’ so we’re gonna play it from the back to the front.”
The singer finally pulled out a third smoking gun which fired out white T-shirts in to the crowd. As they wrapped up the set, the crowd sang along to ‘American Idiot’ and ‘Jesus Of Suburbia’ before Armstrong closed the night with a solitary performance of ‘Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)’.