Catfish and the Bottlemen on how Green Day pranked them on tour

The band reflect on last year's huge support tour

Catfish and the Bottlemen have shared an anecdote from their support tour with Green Day last year, revealing how they were once pranked by the American trio.

Speaking to Radio X’s Gordon Smart, guitarist Johnny Bond said that Green Day spooked them by “hiding behind our amps with masks on”.

He added that Green Day opened each show last year with Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and blasted confetti out of huge canons, meaning that the remnants got stuck to the Welsh band’s equipment backstage.


“I think Tre Cool had a leaf blower and someone stood next to him and someone was throwing massive bin bags of confetti with Green Day written on it which we’re still picking out of our gear a year later,” Bond said.

Bond also spoke at some length about the honour of playing legendary venues in the US. “I did really enjoy it. I mean, you’re getting to play these really classic venues, like Wrigley Fields and stuff like that, The Rose Bowl in LA which the oldest stadium in America and you hope to get there one day, but to be able to do it at still a fairly early stage is something else.”

Catfish and The Bottlemen
Catfish and The Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen returned with their first new material in more than three years this week with new single ‘Longshot’.

The track will feature on the band’s upcoming new album, which is expected to drop later this year.


Catch the band on their upcoming UK arena tour, which kicks off next month. See their full schedule below and buy any remaining tickets here.

February 2019
19 – NOTTINGHAM Motorpoint Arena
20 – PLYMOUTH Pavilions
22 – LONDON SSE Arena Wembley
23 – HULL Bonus Arena
26 – DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
27 – BELFAST Ulster Hall