Green Day cover AC/DC, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones at Optimus Alive festival

Vampire Weekend and Biffy Clyro also play the Portugese festival

Green Day played for over two hours last night (July 12) and covered AC/DC, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones as they headlined Optimus Alive festival in Lisbon, Portugal.

The Californian pop-punk band performed their 28 song set to the biggest crowd of the festival so far and opened with ’99 Revolutions’. They then rattled through their back catalogue, mainly concentrating on their newest material for the first half with ‘Know Your Enemy’ and ‘Stay The Night’.

Before ‘Stop When The Red Lights Flash’, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told the crowd: “Look at this, it’s glorious. It’s not perfect weather but it’s fucking Green Day weather, I’ll tell you that.” ‘Letterbomb’ then followed, before Armstrong made a speech to the audience about “corruption, murder, work, school… all these shit things to think about”, eventually declaring the night’s performance to be “all about love and joy.”


After ‘Welcome To Paradise’, the group burst into a brief strain of AC/DC‘s ‘Highway To Hell’ with Armstrong doing his best Angus Young impression. Later, they performed their now traditional cover of The Isley Brothers ‘Shout’, transforming it into a medley with The Rolling Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ and The Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’.

Green Day also invited one fan on stage to play guitar with them during ‘Longview’. Picking a fan called Manuel from the audience, Armstrong told the rest of the crowd “this could be a moment of musical history in Portugal or it could be a complete disaster.” After the song he handed the guitar to the fan to keep.

Leaving the stage after playing ‘Minority’, the band quickly returned for a three song encore which began with ‘American Idiot’. They then finished their set with versions of ‘Jesus Of Suburbia’ and ‘Brutal Love’.

Green Day played:

’99 Revolutions’
‘Know Your Enemy’
‘Stay The Night’
‘Stop When The Red Lights Flash’
‘Oh Love’
‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’
‘Let Yourself Go’
‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’
‘Hitchin’ A Ride’
‘When I Come Around’
‘Welcome To Paradise’
‘Highway To Hell’
‘St Jimmy’
‘Basket Case’
‘King For A Day’
‘Shout’/'(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’/’Hey Jude’
‘American Idiot’
‘Jesus Of Suburbia’
‘Brutal Love’

Elsewhere at the festival, Vampire Weekend played a late night set on the Palco Heineken Stage. Beginning at midnight, the New York band played songs from their latest album ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’, such as ‘Hannah Hunt’, ‘Don’t Lie’ and ‘Ya Hey’, to a packed tent.


The group also included some older tracks including early, non-album track ‘Ladies Of Cambridge’ which singer Ezra Koenig introduced as “an old Vampire Weekend song. I think some of you may know it. Some of you may never have heard it before.”

Biffy Clyro made an early evening appearance on the main stage with the band all attempting to speak Portuguese in between songs. Playing in front of the artwork for their latest album ‘Opposites’, Simon Neil asked the crowd “Optimus Alive, how the fuck are you? We’re Biffy fucking Clyro” before launching into ‘Biblical’. They also played ‘Black Chandelier’, ‘Many Of Horror’ and ‘The Captain’ in their 45 minute set.

Death From Above 1979 were scheduled to close the Palco Heineken Stage but pulled out and were replaced by Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg with Andrew WK on vocals. Icona Pop are another cancellation at the festival, due to play today (July 13), but have now been replaced by Hercules and Love Affair. Other acts scheduled to play today include Editors, Depeche Mode and Crystal Castles, while Sunday (July 14) will see Kings Of Leon, Phoenix, Tame Impala and Alt-J play the Portuguese festival.


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