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British Summer Time at Hyde Park: Green Day rock second night of huge music event

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  • Jul 02
    British Summer Time at Hyde Park: Green Day rock second night of huge music event

    Green Day at British Summer Time in Hyde Park was officially epic.

    Playing to a sold out crowd on Saturday night (July 1), the band - lead singer and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong in particular - had thousands of people as putty in their hands for almost two-and-a-half hours.

    Billie Joe asked everyone to put politics out of their minds and just come together and have fun for one night.

    But he did call for: "No racism, no sexism, no homophobia, and no Donald Trump!"

    His occasional calls to arms against politicians seemed to bring people together, as the huge crowd roared in agreement.

    This was repeated when Billie Joe thanked all the other bands who had played at Hyde Park that day with a dig at Justin Bieber, saying it was "much better than what's on tomorrow [Sunday]".

    He also dedicated Boulevard of Broken Dreams to "all the weirdos and the freaks, and the strangers, and the metalheads, and the punks, and all the queers, and all the straights, and everyone here tonight".

    "This is a place where we can all be free," he said.

    However, as great as all the talk was, it was the relentless rock music and pure joy of the crowd that made the night so special.

    Green Day played a set with songs spanning almost 30 years, the oldest being 2000 Light Years Away from back in 1991 (that's if you're not counting the cover of Operation Ivy's Knowledge).

    There was something for everyone - people in the crowd were wearing shirts from many different tours and albums, most notably American Idiot, 21st Century Breakdown and Revolution Radio, and all the hits were there.

    Full review and videos at Get West London: HERE

     

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on July 2, 2017 - 3:39pm

Green Day at British Summer Time in Hyde Park was officially epic.

Playing to a sold out crowd on Saturday night (July 1), the band - lead singer and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong in particular - had thousands of people as putty in their hands for almost two-and-a-half hours.

Billie Joe asked everyone to put politics out of their minds and just come together and have fun for one night.

But he did call for: "No racism, no sexism, no homophobia, and no Donald Trump!"

His occasional calls to arms against politicians seemed to bring people together, as the huge crowd roared in agreement.

This was repeated when Billie Joe thanked all the other bands who had played at Hyde Park that day with a dig at Justin Bieber, saying it was "much better than what's on tomorrow [Sunday]".

He also dedicated Boulevard of Broken Dreams to "all the weirdos and the freaks, and the strangers, and the metalheads, and the punks, and all the queers, and all the straights, and everyone here tonight".

"This is a place where we can all be free," he said.

However, as great as all the talk was, it was the relentless rock music and pure joy of the crowd that made the night so special.

Green Day played a set with songs spanning almost 30 years, the oldest being 2000 Light Years Away from back in 1991 (that's if you're not counting the cover of Operation Ivy's Knowledge).

There was something for everyone - people in the crowd were wearing shirts from many different tours and albums, most notably American Idiot, 21st Century Breakdown and Revolution Radio, and all the hits were there.

Full review and videos at Get West London: HERE

 

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