surprised fans by dropping the entirely of their classic "Dookie
" album during an intimate warm-up gig in London. As NME
reports, the band was playing at Brixton academy in preparation for their headlining performance at Reading and Leeds
festivals this weekend.
The gig took place on what would have been the Clash
's late Joe Strummer
's 61st birthday and saw crowds streaming around the entire south London block on which the venue is situated ahead of the gig. The show was opened by an acoustic Frank Turner
, accompanied by Matt Nasir
on mandolin. The singer made reference to his recent ill health and told the crowd he was wearing a back brace. "Last week I slipped a f--king disc in my back and I was told by my doctor not to play gigs for three months... and I told him to f--k off,"
he said to cheers.
Turner's set - which was announced the morning of the show - included a cover of Paul McCartney
and the Wings
' "Live and Let Die
," as well as his own songs "If Ever I Stray
," "Try This at Home
," "Losing Days
," "The Road," "The Way I Tend to Be
," "Wessex Boy
, and "I Still Believe
" was dedicated to the memory of Joe Strummer, with Turner quoting the Hold Steady
's "Constructive Summer
," in which the band call the frontman "our only decent teacher."
Green Day followed Turner with a typically energetic set, playing as a six piece band. "Oh my God, we've not been here since 2004,"
said frontman Billie Joe Armstrong
of the venue. "It's intimate, it's not intimate, it's everything!"
Ahead of "Letterbomb
," Armstrong wished Strummer a happy birthday. During the song, he then ranted about modern technology, making reference to his recent stint in rehab.
"I just got off f--king drugs, I can't tell which is which - the video game or my f--king phone,"
The band went on the play their third album, 1994's "Dookie," in full and in order. For a complete setlist, see below.
Green Day and Frank Turner both play Reading Festival's main stage tomorrow (August 23) and Leeds Festival on Saturday (August 24).
Green Day played:
01. 99 Revolutions
02. Know Your Enemy
03. Stay the Night
04. Stop When the Red Lights Flash
07. Boulevard of Broken Dreams
08. Let Yourself Go
09. Wake Me Up When September Ends
11. Having a Blast
14. Welcome to Paradise
15. Pulling Teeth
16. Basket Case
18. Sassafras Roots
19. When I Come Around
20. Coming Clean
21. Emenius Sleepus
22. In the End
24. St. Jimmy
27. American Idiot
28. Jesus of Suburbia
29. Brutal Love
30. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)