Watch: Green Day Members’ Cover Band Play Nirvana, Stones + More
Last month, Green Day's members took a musical tour of the rock and punk canons when their cover band the Coverups rocked the 40th Street Block Party in Oakland, California, with a rare performance.
In the Coverups, Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong stays centerstage while bassist Mike Dirnt handles electric guitar. The group also features Green Day touring member Jason White. See the band's July 20 block party setlist and watch fan-captured video of the concert down toward the bottom of this post.
"OK, we started a cover band, and we're called the Coverups," Armstrong announced before the band dug into their lengthy set on Telegraph Avenue. As Billboard reported, the group was launched last year in San Francisco with audio engineer Chris Dugan on drums and tour manager Bill Schneider on bass. In January, a guitar used at a Coverups gig was included among some of Green Day's items sold on Reverb.
During the July concert, the band tackled classic songs by Nirvana, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, the Misfits, the Ramones, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and more, as the NME noted.
Fans can hope the block party performance has members thinking of their next move in Green Day, as Armstrong, Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool began teasing renewed studio activity this summer.
The Coverups Setlist, 7/20/19 - 40th Street Block Party, Oakland, California
1. "A Million Miles Away" (The Plimsouls cover)
2. "I Wanna Be Sedated" (Ramones cover)
3. "I Fought the Law" (The Crickets cover)
4. "Where Eagles Dare" (Misfits cover – with Kevin Preston)
5. "Born to Lose" (The Heartbreakers cover – with Kevin Preston)
6. "Bastards of Young" (The Replacements cover)
7. "American Girl" (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover)
8. "Walking Out on Love" (Paul Collins Beat cover)
9. "All the Young Dudes" (David Bowie cover)
10. "Should I Stay or Should I Go" (The Clash cover)
11. "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" (Ramones cover – with Violet Mayugba)
12. "Drain You" (Nirvana cover)
13. "Dancing With Myself" (Generation X cover)
14. "Suffragette City" (David Bowie cover)
15. "Happy" (The Rolling Stones cover)
16. "Surrender" (Cheap Trick cover)
17. "Rebel Rebel" (David Bowie cover)
18. "Jumpin’ Jack Flash" (The Rolling Stones cover)
19. "(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding" (Brinsley Schwarz cover)
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