Green Day took a break from their recent marathon performance in London to wish Clash frontman Joe Strummer a happy birthday. According to "NME," Billie Joe Armstrong stopped four songs into the band's gig at the Brixton Academy to pay tribute to the rock icon, who died in 2002 but would have turned 61 on Wednesday.
Green Day's opener, Frank Turner, also dedicated a song to Strummer, and quoted a Hold Steady song that refers to "Saint Joe Strummer" as "our only decent teacher." Green Day went on to play a three-hour set that included a full performance of their 1994 debut album Dookie. The gig functioned as a warm-up show for their headlining appearances at this weekend's Reading and Leeds Festivals.
The multi-city U.K. events will also feature headlining performances from Biffy Clyro and Eminem. The full lineups are available at RedingFestival.com and LeedsFestival.com.
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