Members of Green Day have moonlighted as The Coverups once again, performing a secret covers show in California recently.
Look, any music fan will tell you that one of life’s biggest pleasures is stumbling upon a secret gig from one of your favourite bands. Why, Thom Yorke, Prince, and even Green Day have all taken part in the behaviour while on Aussie shores in the past, helping serve up a major dose of FOMO in the process.
However, when it comes to Green Day, the band are notorious for using misleading monikers for their performances. While the band have performed as The Network and Foxboro Hot Tubs over the years (plus or minus a few members), recent years have seen them performing as a covers band named The Cover Ups.
As Alt Press reports, Oakland, California’s recently held their annual 40th Street Block Party, featuring appearances from a few musical guests in the process.
With a set from The Coverups on the lineup, one knowledgeable fan realised that this was in fact a Green Day side project, and decided to record the entire gig.
Featuring Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day, the band also included guitarist Jason White, alongside audio engineer Chris Dugan, and tour manager Bill Schneider, and saw the quintet performing a slew of classic rock covers.
Kicking things off with a performance of The Plimsouls’ ‘A Million Miles Away’, fans were treated to tracks from the Ramones, The Clash, Nirvana, The Replacements, David Bowie, and The Rolling Stones.
In related news, Green Day were recently announced to be releasing their first new single by Kerrang! Radio, who promised new material in a matter of days. Sadly, barely 24 hours later, reps from the band were forced to clarify the news that there was “definitely no Green Day single any time soon”.
While it’s not a new single from the band, here’s hoping this recent set from The Coverups can help tide us over until we receive some new tunes.
Check out The Coverups performing in California:
The Coverups @ 40th Street, Oakland, California 20/7/19 Setlist
‘A Million Miles Away’ (The Plimsouls cover)
‘I Wanna Be Sedated’ (Ramones cover)
‘I Fought The Law’ (Bobby Fuller cover)
‘Where Eagles Dare’ (Misfits cover) (with Kevin Preston)
‘Born To Lose’ (The Heartbreakers cover) (with Kevin Preston)
‘Bastards Of Young’ (The Replacements cover)
‘American Girl’ (Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers cover)
‘Walking Out On Love’ (Paul Collins Beat cover)
‘All The Young Dudes’ (Mott The Hoople cover)
‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ (The Clash cover)
‘Sheena Is A Punk Rocker’ (Ramones cover) (with Violet Mayugba)
‘Drain You’ (Nirvana cover)
‘Dancing With Myself’ (Generation X cover)
‘Suffragette City’ (David Bowie cover)
‘Happy’ (The Rolling Stones cover)
‘Surrender’ (Cheap Trick cover)
‘Rebel Rebel’ (David Bowie cover)
‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ (The Rolling Stones cover)
‘(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding’ (Brinsley Schwarz cover)