Green Day played an amazing set at this year’s Reading Festival headlining on Friday night. Similar to their warm up show at London’s O2 Brixton Academy on wednesday, the band played their third album, 1994’s Dookie, from start to finish in between some of their greatest hits for the insane 2 and a half hour set.
Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt & Tre Cool came on to the main stage to a huge applause after they were introduced by a giant dancing pink rabbit which had the drummers name printed on the back.
The band kicked off with ‘99 Revolutions’, the title track to their current (now ended) world tour and then went straight into ‘Know Your Enemy’, during which Armstrong pulled a fan out of the crowd and up on stage to sing the track with him (lucky git).
Next was ‘Stay The Night’, Armstrong announced to the audience “This is no fucking party I have to admit. Come on, this ain’t any festival, this is the greatest festival in the world!” He also confessed “When i first started listening to punk music, i used to get my ass kicked. I was a freak. But now i’m amongst many, many, many freaks here tonight!” To which the crowd responded with huge cheers.
The band later conducted mass sing alongs for ‘Holiday’, ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’ and ‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’, the latter of which saw Armstrong bow down to the crowd and collapse in a heap.
The greatest moment however was when a huge backdrop of the ‘Dookie’ album cover appeared and Armstrong declared: “Ladies and gentlemen next year 2014 will mark 20 years of ‘Dookie’ so we’re gonna play it from the back to the front.”
The Dookie section of the set, which also saw the band play a brief cover of AC/DC’s ‘Highway To Hell’, culminated in Armstrong pulling out a huge water gun which he showered the crowd with during ‘St Jimmy’. He then pulled out a huge gun with toilet roll on the end and proceeded to cover the cameraman at the side of the stage. The singer finally pulled out a third smoking gun which fired out white T-shirts into the crowd.
As they wrapped up the set, the crowd sang along to ‘American Idiot’ and ‘Jesus Of Suburbia‘ before Armstrong closed the night with a solitary performance of ‘Brutal Love’ and ‘Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)’.
Green Day played:
‘Know Your Enemy’
‘Stay The Night’
‘Stop When The Red Lights Flash’
‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’
‘Let Yourself Go’
‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’
‘Having a Blast’
‘Welcome To Paradise’
‘Highway To Hell’/’When I Come Around’
‘In the End’
‘Jesus Of Suburbia’
‘Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)’