GREEN DAY Video Archives 2015-2016 VOLUME XIV

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1. The 2015 Rock & Roll 30th Annual Induction Ceremony 04/18/15: Show opening, CLEVELAND, Ohio – It can be a strange and fantastic thing to see rock stars humbled. But that’s exactly where the members of Green Day found themselves on Saturday night. Billie Joe Amstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool felt truly honored to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, each delivering moving speeches. But not without a little humor first: “I’d like to thank the Ford Motor Company for creating the Ford Econoline, the best damn touring van a band could ask for,” joked bassist Mike Dirnt. Before Dirnt and his bandmates spoke, Fall Out Boy inducted Green Day. The pop-punk band gave Green Day credit for bringing a new era of punk rock to the mainstream. “Without Green Day, there’s no us,” said Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, in inducting the band. “All of these bands that had really big success on radio, they really kicked in the door for us.” Once Green Day hit the stage, things got emotional. Armstrong began to tear up when thanking his wife for her support. He also thanked his mother for raising him as the youngest of six kids. “My record collection is actually sitting in this room,” Armstrong said of seeing his idols like Paul McCartney and Patti Smith.D irnt and Armstrong, in particular, have a close bond, They’ve known each other since elementary school. “Mike, you are my musical soul mate,” Armstrong said. “I love you so much and I thank you so much for your friendship.” Armstrong also pointed out John Kiffmeyer, the drummer of Sweet Children (Green Day before Green Day), who performed with the band during its House of Blues show in Cleveland. The same goes for Operation Ivy’s Tim Armstrong, who was in attendance both on Saturday, as well as Thursday. If there is an unofficial member of Green Day, it is Rob Cavallo. The brilliant producer worked on almost all of Green Day’s records. Armstrong called Cavallo a kindred spirit. “I love rock and roll and I love it for the rest of my life,” Armstrong said, closing out the speeches. Green Day then hit the stage, opening their set with a riotous version of “American Idiot.” The band followed that up with “When I Come Around,” its big single from “Dookie.” Last up was “Basket Case” and its unmistakeable opening question: “Do you have the time to listen to me whine…?” The 1990s’ brand of punk-rock has taken over the Rock Hall. Later in the program Billy Joe joins Ringo Star and a cast of musicians from the ceremony to perform “With a Little Help From My Friends” and “I Wanna Be Your Man”

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