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Green Day addresses Ghost Ship tragedy during Oakland concert

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  • Dec 11
    Green Day addresses Ghost Ship tragedy during Oakland concert

    Billie Joe Armstrong took time to address the Ghost Ship tragedy during his band Green Day’s set on Dec. 10 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.

    “My heart just goes out to all the people who perished in that warehouse,” Armstrong said in reference to the fire that broke out on Dec. 2 at the Oakland warehouse-turned-artist-collective, killing 36 people.

    These were people, Armstrong said, who were “just trying to have a moment where they can all just celebrate just being artists and being weird and having fun.”

    The singer-songwriter-guitarist also stressed how important it is for artists to feel part of a community.

    “People need a place,” he said. “They didn’t go art school. They got kicked out of their parents’ house. And they have nothing. But they find something in this sort of community. It’s really important that these people have an affordable place to live.”

    Armstrong then dedicated “Boulevard to Broken Dreams” to those who lost their lives in the Ghost Ship fire.

    Green Day was performing as part of local radio station Live 105’s Not So Silent Night. Other acts on the two-night bill (Dec. 9-10) included Blink-182, Empire of the Sun, Jimmy Eat World, Bastille, Phantogram and K.Flay.

    Full article at The Mercury News: HERE

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on December 11, 2016 - 10:22am

Billie Joe Armstrong took time to address the Ghost Ship tragedy during his band Green Day’s set on Dec. 10 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.

“My heart just goes out to all the people who perished in that warehouse,” Armstrong said in reference to the fire that broke out on Dec. 2 at the Oakland warehouse-turned-artist-collective, killing 36 people.

These were people, Armstrong said, who were “just trying to have a moment where they can all just celebrate just being artists and being weird and having fun.”

The singer-songwriter-guitarist also stressed how important it is for artists to feel part of a community.

“People need a place,” he said. “They didn’t go art school. They got kicked out of their parents’ house. And they have nothing. But they find something in this sort of community. It’s really important that these people have an affordable place to live.”

Armstrong then dedicated “Boulevard to Broken Dreams” to those who lost their lives in the Ghost Ship fire.

Green Day was performing as part of local radio station Live 105’s Not So Silent Night. Other acts on the two-night bill (Dec. 9-10) included Blink-182, Empire of the Sun, Jimmy Eat World, Bastille, Phantogram and K.Flay.

Full article at The Mercury News: HERE

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