Green Day slayed Emirates Stadium in London last night (June 1) with a two-and-a-half hour set packed with audience antics, bizarre costumes and Billie Joe Armstrong firing a huge toilet paper gun into the crowd.
The set, opening with a plethora of new material from the band's three new albums released last year – '¡Uno!', '¡Dos!' and '¡Tre!' – spanned the band's career, featuring such highlights as 'Basket Case', 'Welcome To Paradise', 'American Idiot', 'Minority' and 'Jesus Of Suburbia'.
The band were introduced by a man in a pink rabbit suit silently geeing up the crowd before Green Day emerged for a fiery '99 Revolutions' from '¡Tre!'. There followed 'Know Your Enemy' during which Billie Joe Armstrong invited a fan in a Union Jack body-stocking to clamber onstage and sing the chorus, while holding up a home-made sign saying "We Love You, Green Day".
*The man wasn't the only crowd member who took to the stage during the night: a young fan was carried from the front row to hold up a sign saying "Green Day Rocks" throughout 'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams', while another fan sang the final chorus of 'Longview' and a pink-haired girl was taught the three chords needed to play along with Operation Ivy's 'Knowledge'.
The band gave the set a loose, freeform feel, asking for requests before playing rarity 'Sassafras Roots' from 1994's 'Dookie'. Billie Joe also appeared after 'Knowledge' with a water-spray, a low-slung gun-like machine that fired full rolls of toilet paper over the audience and a t-shirt canon.
The chaos really kicked in, however, when 'King For A Day' gave way to a medley of 'Shout' by Lulu, The Rolling Stones' '(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction' and The Undertones' 'Teenage Kicks' with the band dressed in fancy dress costumes. You can watch fan-shot footage of the medley below.
Green Day played:
'Know Your Enemy'
'Stay The Night'
'Stop When The Red Light Flashes'
'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams'
'Nice Guys Finish Last'
'Waiting' / 'Missing You'
'Burnout' / 'J.A.R'
'Hitchen' A Ride'
'Welcome To Paradise'
'When I Come Around'
'King For A Day'
'Jesus Of Suburbia'