Green Day cover AC/DC, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones at Optimus Alive festival
Vampire Weekend, Biffy Clyro also play the Portugese festival
Green Day played for over two hours last night (July 12) and covered AC/DC, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones as they headlined Optimus Alive festival in Lisbon, Portugal.
The Californian pop-punk band performed their 28 song set to the biggest crowd of the festival so far and opened with '99 Revolutions'. They then rattled through their back catalogue, mainly concentrating on their newest material for the first half with 'Know Your Enemy' and 'Stay The Night'.
Before 'Stop When The Red Lights Flash', frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told the crowd: "Look at this, it's glorious. It's not perfect weather but it's fucking Green Day weather, I'll tell you that." 'Letterbomb' then followed, before Armstrong made a speech to the audience about "corruption, murder, work, school... all these shit things to think about", eventually declaring the night's performance to be "all about love and joy."
After 'Welcome To Paradise', the group burst into a brief strain of AC/DC's 'Highway To Hell' with Armstrong doing his best Angus Young impression. Later, they performed their now traditional cover of The Isley Brothers 'Shout', transforming it into a medley with The Rolling Stones' '(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction' and The Beatles' 'Hey Jude'.
Green Day also invited one fan on stage to play guitar with them during 'Longview'. Picking a fan called Manuel from the audience, Armstrong told the rest of the crowd "this could be a moment of musical history in Portugal or it could be a complete disaster." After the song he handed the guitar to the fan to keep.
Leaving the stage after playing 'Minority', the band quickly returned for a three song encore which began with 'American Idiot'. They then finished their set with versions of 'Jesus Of Suburbia' and 'Brutal Love'.
Full article at NME: HERE