The Coverups are band consisting of Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirt, along with their tech/manager Bill Schneider, audio engineer Chris Dugan and touring guitarist Jason White.
They played a number of surprise covers shows last year, but returned for two special gigs over Christmas – culminating at a New Year’s Eve party where Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan joined the band for a rendition of The Damned‘s ‘Neat Neat Neat’.
Earlier in the festive season, The Coverups performed another secret show in Albany on December 19, where they covered classic tracks by the likes of Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Bryan Adams, INXS and many more. Check out footage and the setlist for that show below:
The band’s December 19 setlist was:
A Million Miles Away (The Plimsouls cover)
I Wanna Be Sedated (Ramones cover)
Don’t Change (INXS cover)
I Fought the Law (The Crickets cover)
Father Christmas (The Kinks cover)
Where Eagles Dare (Misfits cover)
Born to Lose (The Heartbreakers cover)
Bastards of Young (The Replacements cover)
I Will Dare (The Replacements cover)
American Girl (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover)
Summer of ’69 (Bryan Adams cover)
All the Young Dudes (David Bowie cover)
Should I Stay or Should I Go (The Clash cover)
Neat Neat Neat (The Damned cover)
Sheena Is a Punk Rocker (Ramones cover)
Dancing With Myself (Generation X cover)
Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie cover)
Drain You (Nirvana cover)
Suffragette City (David Bowie cover)
Happy (The Rolling Stones cover)
Surrender (Cheap Trick cover)
Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin cover)
My Sharona (The Knack cover)
Run Rudolph Run (Chuck Berry cover)
Jumpin’ Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones cover)
(What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love and Understanding (Brinsley Schwarz cover)
Meanwhile, Armstrong recently confirmed that he was at work on writing songs for the next Green Day album. This comes amid speculation of an anniversary tour in 2019, after the band revealed that they had been rehearsing classic albums ‘Dookie’ and ‘Insomniac’ in full.
The band are also believed to be working on a movie adaptation of their now seminal comeback album ‘American Idiot‘.
In 2016, Armstrong told NME that progress is well underway with the project, that HBO were behind it and that he’d be reprising his own Broadway role as the character St. Jimmy.
“That’s the plan right now, yeah,” said Armstrong. “We’ve got a green light from HBO, and the script is currently going through a couple of rewrites here and there, so I’m not sure when exactly we’re going to start shooting, but it’s definitely all systems go at the moment.”