Over the weekend, Green Day headlined a night of Live 105’s Not So Silent Night holiday concert at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
Front man Billie Joe Armstrong took an opportunity during the band’s set to pay tribute to those lost in the tragic Oakland warehouse fire on Dec. 2, dedicating their performance of “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” to the 36 lives that were lost in the blaze.
Said Armstrong (as quoted by CBS San Francisco):
“When I think about what happened at Ghost Ship — the Ghost Ship warehouse — it’s shocking. Because this is our own. This is our people,” Armstrong said. “These are friends and friends of friends. These are people we walk by every day because BART only goes so many places. My heart just goes out to all those people who perished in that warehouse.
“These are people just looking for themselves…Just being artists and being weird and having fun,” said Armstrong. “We’ve got to make sure of one thing with Oakland. We have to cherish all the freaks and the weirdos. People need a place. They didn’t go to art school. They got kicked out of their parents’ house and they have nothing, but they find something in this sort of community where they weren’t accepted before.”
Armstrong’s on-stage statements came after a series of posts on his Instagram page pertaining to the fire and how it affected him:
it’s been many years since i’ve lived in warehouses and communal spaces like Ghost ship.. those were some of the best and most fulfilling times in my life. living with other weirdos, artists, activists, and musicians.. spaces like this allow the strange ones to thrive and be the people that normal society rejects. we inspired each other, laughed together, and created new friends and family we didn’t know existed. The city of oakland provided that for me and my closest friends. this tragedy hits close to all of our hearts. please do what you can to help heal this intense loss.. more information to come .. let’s take care of each other.. BJ
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