Green Day 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," "Photosynthesis, and "I Still Believe." "Recovery" 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," he said.
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 05. Letterbomb 06. Holiday 07. Boulevard of Broken Dreams 08. Let Yourself Go 09. Wake Me Up When September Ends 10. Burnout 11. Having a Blast 12. Chump 13. Longview 14. Welcome to Paradise 15. Pulling Teeth 16. Basket Case 17. She 18. Sassafras Roots 19. When I Come Around 20. Coming Clean 21. Emenius Sleepus 22. In the End 23. F.O.D. 24. St. Jimmy 25. Waiting 26. Minority 27. American Idiot 28. Jesus of Suburbia 29. Brutal Love 30. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)