At a hometown show last week, Green Day's frontman Billie Joe Armstrong dedicated his band's performance of "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" to victims of a DIY-space fire that had taken place at Ghost Ship in Oakland just several days prior. The moving tribute was one of many in the Oakland area, with the most recent happening this past weekend in the form of a benefit concert thrown by Armstrong's son's band, SWMRS.
The Ghost Ship Benefit Show also came with sets by Armstrong's youngest son (Joey's brother) Jakob Danger, and Ricky Lake. The event's description states that 100-percent of the money raised will help the families and friends of victims of the fire. There was a supply drop for those effected where concert-goers could donate toiletries and clothes.
While the other artists on the lineup were expected to perform, to the audience's surprise, punk rock icons Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt came out onstage to perform five of their own songs and three Pinhead Gunpowder songs with the evening's hosts and "Figuring It Out" rockers, SWMRS, reports a local news source.
Not only is it incredible to see Green Day stopping by a local record store to perform with Cole Becker, Max Becker, Joey Armstrong, and Seb Mueller, but it's also the second time this week that the band of such legacy has shared their gifts live, and for a good cause.
Green Day, you are seriously awesome.
Mike and Billie played Armatage Shanks, Stuck With Me, Scattered, Waiting and Murder City with @SWMRS Billie was also joined by Bill Scheneider for a few Pinhead Gunpowder songs: Life During Wartime, Losers of the Year and Anniversary Song. This was all for the Ghost Ship benefit where they raised over $3k 📸 @Jaredshameless