The band surprised fans at a benefit gig for the victims of the recent Oakland warehouse fire.
Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt played a surprise set in Oakland, California on Sunday night (December 18).
They were backed by local punk band SWMRS, whose lineup includes Armstrong’s son Joey on drums, as well as by Armstrong’s other son Jakob Danger.
The gig was organised by local music store 1-2-3-4 Go! Records to raise money for this month’s Oakland warehouse fire, which claimed the lives of 36 people.
Green Day’s five-song set took place in the middle of SWMRS’ set, Music Feeds reports. They played the following songs:
‘Stuck With Me’
Billie Joe Armstrong wrote on Instagram afterwards: “amazing emotional night last night.. Me and Mr Dirnt got a chance to sit in with smrs. a benefit for the ghost ship folks. i’m playing with my babies.. Jakob and Joey..”
Check out fan-shot footage of the mini-gig below.
Green Day also paid tribute to the victims of the Oakland warehouse fire while performing at the city’s Oracle Arena on December 10).The fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse, a haven for local artists, had killed 36 people eight days earlier.
The punk band were active in Oakland’s DIY scene in the late ’80s and early ’90s, and Billie Joe Armstrong spoke on stage about the community people find in places like Ghost Ship.
“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,” he told the crowd. The band then dedicated the song ‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’ to the fire’s victims.