Green Day Play 1994 Album 'Dookie' in Full at Reading & Leeds Warm-Up Gig

Green Day and Frank Turner also paid tribute to the Clash's Joe Strummer on what would have been his birthday.

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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)

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    I was there, it was amazing to see them play rarities like Sassafras Roots and Emenius Sleepus. The surprise highlight of the whole thing was Wake Me Up When September Ends, it was a spellbinding rendition of it. Say what you want about Green Day's studio output in recent years, they're still fantastic live. Especially now they've dropped the stupid King For A Day/Shout medley that they used to drag out for hours.
    I've always lovedd the chaos that they brought with live-renditions of King for a Day, but I agree with you about Shout. I first heard it on Bullet in a Bible, and I've hated it ever since.
    I'm not Green Days biggest fan, I like a few of their songs, mainly from the American Idiot times. But **** me, 30 songs in one gig. My respect for them just went up a hell of a lot.
    Like em or not, that's one hell of a setlist. As a fan, I definitely wish I could've been there to see it!
    The only change I would make is Nuclear Family instead of Know Your Enemy. Otherwise, it looks great
    I'm watching the Dookie video right now...Billie ****ing sang his heart out. Really seems like a great show (as always)
    Six piece band? Do they each clone themselves?
    well they got jason white on lead/rhythm, a keyboardist and some sax/trumpet player i think
    Actually, Jason Freese plays keyboards and sax, and Jeff Matika only sings backing vocals...He also plays guitar, but only on St. Jimmy.
    Jeff was playing guitar on Let Yourself Go, Wake Me Up When September Ends and Brutal Love as well.
    love them or hate them, you have to respect them! and you have to love them, because green day is f***** awesome
    Sir Stoney
    Green Day inspired me to pick up a guitar. I am grateful to them for that, but after American Idiot I don't like the direction their music is going. Some bands change for the good, some change for the bad.
    Thoroughly enjoyed hearing that the hold steady got a shout out for their song constructive summer, absolutely superb band and song that more people should check out!
    ". . . I tried to believe all the words that you said, but my friends that ain't dyin' are already dead. Raise a toast to St. Joe Strummer, I think he might have been our only decent teacher. Getting older makes it harder to remember, We are our only saviors. We're gonna' build something this summer."
    Living in Minneapolis and getting to see Frank play here is always a treat because he has a tradition of busting out a Hold Steady cover at most of his shows. Really hoping for Constructive Summer next time because that is by and far my favorite HS song
    They were good in the 90s
    No matter what anyone says, I still like them-punk, not punk or somewhere in between, they are the band that inspired me to pick up an instrument in the first place. For that, I'm eternally grateful to them.
    I happen to really like the new albums. I don't understand the problem people have with them. First they get criticized for what they did on American Idiot and 21st Century, saying the old stuff is better. Then they go back to a sound much closer to their 90s stuff, and they get criticized for being 40 and writing songs about things they wrote about when they were 20.
    It's simple, it just doesn't fall in peoples taste. When a band make such changes in their music not all their old fans (me as an example) will like it, because it wasn't the style they fell in love with. Different taste and different opinions, as simple as that.
    Although I don't care that much for Green Day's last three albums (I've yet to listen to them), musicwise they sound almost exactly the same. The main thing that changed was the production approach on their albums, and even that is product of the times. Listen to punk, or punk derivative, albums from the 90's and from 00's and the sound tends to become more "polished". The same goes along almost every band's discography. But if you listen to the songs as they are, you'll see that Green Day tends to keep that mediocre line at writing songs throughout all their albums. I like to listen to them from time to time without giving them a lot of importance from 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours to 21st Century Breakdown and each album has, like, 2 or 3 songs that I enjoy. I just never agree with that argument because I don't recall a time where Green Day were better or worse. They're just in that middle terms of simple bands that I listen because I just happen to like some of their songs.
    It's really asinine to say you don't care for something you have yet to listen to. If I could sum up in one sentence what is wrong with music fans, that would be it.
    I mean it in a way that I'm not caring enough to listen to them, although I do intend to. They can be good albums, I'm just not running to listen to them (clearly). I will listen to them, I'm just not curious enough. It's the same thing with movies. Imagine, a movie comes up and you think "man, I got to see this in a movie theater." - you are caring for this movie. Then, a movie comes up and you're like "I don't want to watch this.". Then, there's those movies that you're like "Meh, I'm not going to see this at the cinema, but one day I may watch it somewhere.". In my perspective, it's not like you're caring that much about it. I never said I didn't like the albums, nor did I mention them ever again in my comment, so I don't get what's so wrong with saying I don't care that much about them.