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Welcoming Halloween early and with a bang, Green Day took the stage for a secret New York City show at the intimate Studio at Webster Hall on Thursday night (Oct. 27). The band performed primarily new material and covers — completely in costume.
Announced less than 24 hours before tickets went on sale (for $20 each, and noting, “Halloween costumes encouraged”), the 300-capacity room sold out immediately. The cost of scalped tickets skyrocketed soon thereafter, with some offering tickets for the “reasonable price” of $200 and as much as $400 each. One eager buyer even offered up their “first born.”
According to The Village Voice, the show kicked off with a “Basket Case” version of “Monster Mash,” before blasting into a set of primarily new material (interestingly tinged with Pulp’s “Common People”). The costumed trio also covered Elvis‘ “Blue Moon of Kentucky” and the Misfits’ “Hybrid Moments” — performed to perfection three separate times for filming purposes (for Green Day’s in-progress documentary). Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong performed as Jack Skellington from Tim Burton‘s Nightmare Before Christmas, bassist Mike Dirnt donned zombie make-up, and drummer Tre Cool sported a pink fairy ensemble.
The new material consisted of songs from the band’s forthcoming (and currently incomplete) album, with the titles of “Make Out Party” and “Let Yourself Go,” juxtaposed with old fan favorites like “Hitchin’ a Ride” (see video below) and “Geek Stink Breath.”
The show concluded where it began — with a cover of “Monster Mash” — this time joined with backing vocalists Rebecca Naomi Jones and Alysha Umphree of the American Idiot Broadway production.
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