Billie Joe Armstrong isn’t the kind of dude who just sits around on the couch all summer watching soccer and baseball. No, the Green Day singer can’t sit still, which explains why during a break between his band’s touring and recording he’s scored the coolest summer job ever: rhythm guitarist for the reunited Replacements.
Starting with surprise appearance at Coachella in April where BJA helped the legendary 1980s Minneapolis shamble punk icons out by assisting ailing ‘Mats singer Paul Westerberg (who was laid low by persistent back problems), Billie has seemingly joined on as an unofficial fifth Replacement. (He also played with them at the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta in May.)
And, there he was again on Sunday at Louisville’s Forecastle Festival, playing rhythm guitar while wearing a blue and black striped blazer, black jeans and a grin a mile wide. It was one of those, “Wait, is that?…” moments for many in the crowd (including yours truly), as the giant screens on either side of the main stage showed a familiar-looking guy with jet black hair strumming away on such classic tunes as “I’ll Be You,” “Favorite Thing,” “Achin’ To Be,” Androgynous” and “Bastards of Young.”
Full article and photos at MTV: HERE