At a concert on Saturday night, Green Day took time out of their set to perform a tribute for the victims of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, California. The punk rockers are from the East Bay, so their close ties to the area moved them to dedicate their 2004 hit, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” to these members of their hometown.
According to Billboard, before their iconic track, lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong said, “What happened last week at Ghost Ship…it’s shocking. This is all wrong, these are our people... My heart just goes out to all the people that perished in that warehouse. These are people that are just here looking for themselves, just trying to have a moment where they could all just celebrate just being artists and being weird and having fun.”
The frontman also took to Instagram last week to reflect on his time living in similar warehouse spaces, as well as to express his sadness over the Oakland tragedy.
it's been many years since i've lived in warehouses and communal spaces like Ghost ship.. those were some of the best and most fulfilling times in my life. living with other weirdos, artists, activists, and musicians.. spaces like this allow the strange ones to thrive and be the people that normal society rejects. we inspired each other, laughed together, and created new friends and family we didn't know existed. The city of oakland provided that for me and my closest friends. this tragedy hits close to all of our hearts. please do what you can to help heal this intense loss.. more information to come .. let's take care of each other.. BJ