Green Day Perform Huge Pre-Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Show


Whether you like Green Day or have been calling them a sell out since the 90s (post-Dookie, of course), it doesn’t really matter because the band have done what they set out to do; continue making music.

This weekend, the trio will get the honor of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Fall Out Boy doing the honors.

In honor of the momentous occasion, the group put on a huge pre-Rock and Roll Hal of Fame show at the House of Blues in Cleveland last night; their first U.S. show in two years.

The band also paid homage to their early start when the band’s name was Sweet Children and drummer Tre Cool wasn’t in the band.

For half of the show, Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt welcomed back original drummer John Kiffmeye. They played a handful of Sweet Children’s songs including “Sweet Children,” “I Was There,” “Dry Ice,” and of course “Green Day.”

Once Sweet Children’s 11-song set wrapped, Green Day hit the stage, with Cool replacing Kiffmeye.

The Green Day set was 24-songs long and included several fan favorites like “Longview,” “Basket Case,” “”American Idiot” and several covers; a cover of Rancid’s “Radio” with Tim Armstrong performing alongside them and a cover of Operation Ivy’s “Knowledge.”

The Operation Ivy cover shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise since Green Day likes to cite them as one of their biggest influences.

They also did a major mash-up of “Shout,” “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” “Hey Jude,” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” Another surprise from the setlist, came when Green Day performed “Private Ale,” a song that hasn’t seen the stage light since 1992.

Cool huh? And such a shame that we missed it live.

For now, we can watch the several fan shot videos from the event and pretend that we were there.

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:

Fan shot video of the concert:


Sweet Children Set:
“Don’t Leave Me” (First time live since 1994)
“Only of You”
“Sweet Children” (First time live since 1991)
“409 in Your Coffeemaker”
“At the Library”
“I Was There” (First time live since 1992)
“Disappearing Boy”
“Paper Lanterns”
“Road to Acceptance”
“Green Day” (First time live since 1990)
“Dry Ice” (First time live since 1993)

Green Day Set:
“99 Revolutions”
“Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
“2000 Light Years Away”
“Private Ale” (First time live since 1992)
“Christie Road”
“Stuart and the Ave.”
“Geek Stink Breath”
“One for the Razorbacks”
“When I Come Around”
“Basket Case”
“Are We the Waiting”
“St. Jimmy”
“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

“American Idiot”
“Jesus of Suburbia”

Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Announce Class of 2015

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have announced the newest members to the iconic Ohio museum.

Green Day and Lou Reed are just two of the many artist who will join previously inducted acts such as Nirvana, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and The Clash.

But, Green Day and Reed aren’t the only ones in the “Class of 2015”; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bill Withers, and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band have also been chosen.

Ringo Starr will also be receiving an honor; he’ll be getting the Award for Music Excellence. The Beatles drummer was inducted as a member of the band back in 1988.

Green Day became the 48th act to be inducted into the museum and the coolest part of is that this was their first year to be eligible for the honor and frontman Billie Joe Armstrong mirrored the sentiments.

“I had to go for a walk when I heard the news,” said Armstrong.

“We’re in incredible company and I’m still trying to make sense of this. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has always held something special for me because my heroes were in there. This is a great time for us to sort of reflect and look back with gratitude.”

The induction ceremony will take place on April 18 at Cleveland’s Public House and will be broadcast on HBO in May.

More than 600 artists, historians and members of the music industry voted for the recipients of the positions.This year, the fans were also given the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists.

In order to be eligible for a spot as a nominee, their first recording (or debut record) must have been released at least 25 years ago.

All the inductees were in good company. Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, Kraftwerk, N.W.A., Sting, The Marvelettes, The Spinners, Chic, and War were also nominated for a position, but sadly, did not receive the votes needed to be admitted.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Nominees Announced


It’s that time of year again; the time when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announce the nominees for the class of 2015.

Among the 15 artists being considered for inclusion at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland are: Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, Lou Reed, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, N.W.A., Sting, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Marvelettes, The Spinners, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chic, War, and Bill Withers.

In order for a musician to be considered for a nomination into the Hall of Fame, their first recording (or debut record) must have been released at least 25 years ago.

For Green Day and Nine Inch Nails, this is the first year that either band have been eligible for consideration. Green Day’s debut record 1,000 Hours and Nine Inch Nails’ Pretty Hate Machine were both released in 1989.

Unlike Green Day and Nine Inch Nails, The Smith have been eligible for years now, but this is the first time they have been nominated. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts as well as N.W.A have been nominated a total of three times now, while Kraftwerk have been nominated one time before.

Lou Reed was previously been inducted into the Hall of Fame as a member of Velvet Underground while Sting was inducted as a member of The Police.

Ballots will now be sent out to an international voting body of over 600 rock experts which include artists, historians, and music industry members. The top five nominees with the most votes will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in April 2015.

Fans can also vote on their worthy nominees with the “fan’s ballot” which accounts for one of the 600 ballots. Fans have until Dec. 9 to put in their votes over at RollingStone. com.