TWITTER blew-up, jealousy overflowed and lifelong memories were made for a couple of hundred people who saw Green Day play a surprise gig in a tiny Sydney pub last night.
A shock wave swept through the Sydney rock community when the band tweeted at 10.17pm details of a surprise free gig at The Captain Cook Hotel in Paddington under an hour before it started.
Shocked fans rubbed their eyes and their hearts skipped a beat as they processed the almost unreal message.
With no time to waste they swerved through traffic and ran through the streets to make it inside before the little pub filled up.
“It felt like what I would imagine an 80s rock gig in a dingy pub is like, sweaty bodies on bodies and beers thrown everywhere,” 19-year-old Kane McChesney said.
“The singer walked out on stage and goes ‘I guess a few of you saw the tweet’.”
With that understatement the band kicked off an hour-long set of old and new tunes on a stage the size of a postage-stamp compared to their usual surroundings.
Unlucky fans stuck outside pushed and shoved to look in through windows as others climbed trees to get a view inside.
The band will headline Soundwave tbefore an audience of tens of thousands this Sunday.
Captain Cook Hotel owner Darren Wood, Inferno Music instrument-supplier boss Tim Davy and author of My Sydney Riot blog Ray Lalotoa hatched the gig just hours earlier.
“We got a call today and had to keep it on the down low,” Mr Wood said.
Full review at The Australian: HERE