This weekend, Green Day will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In anticipation, the band played an intimate gig for fans at Cleveland’s House of Blues on Thursday night, marking their first US gig in two years.
The setlist spanned a whopping 35 songs and included several special moments. The evening opened with Billie Joy Armstrong and Mike Dirnt reuniting with original drummer John Kiffmeyer and performing several rarities under their original moniker, Sweet Children. Of note were the first live performances of “Sweet Children”, “I Was There”, “Dry Ice”, and “Green Day” in two decades.
During their proper Green Day set, the band performed “Private Ale” for the first time since 1992, and invited Tim Armstrong on-stage to cover Operation Ivy’s “Knowledge” and “Minority” as well as Rancid’s “Radio”. (Green Day has long cited Operation Ivy as one of their biggest influences.)
Watch a few fan-shot videos below followed by the complete setlist.
Sweet Children – “At the Library” w/ John Kiftmayer:
Sweet Children – “Green Day” w/ John Kiftmayer:
“Knowledge” (Operation Ivy cover) / “Radio” (Rancid cover) w/ Tim Armstrong:
Sweet Children Set:
Don’t Leave Me (First time live since 1994)
Only of You
Sweet Children (First time ever live since 1991)
409 in Your Coffeemaker
At the Library
I Was There (First time live since 1992)
Road to Acceptance
Green Day (First time live since 1990)
Dry Ice (First time live since 1993)
Green Day Set:
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
2000 Light Years Away
Private Ale (First time live since 1992)
Stuart and the Ave.
Geek Stink Breath
One for the Razorbacks
When I Come Around
Are We the Waiting
Knowledge (Operation Ivy cover) (with Tim Armstrong)
Radio (Rancid cover) (with Tim Armstrong)
King for a Day
Shout / Always Look on the Bright Side of Life / Hey Jude / (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
Minority (with Tim Armstrong)
Jesus of Suburbia