Drinkers at one London pub got the surprise of a lifetime when legendary rock band Green Day showed up for a surprise gig.
The iconic punk trio were seen in the cosy boozer rocking out for unsuspecting fans ahead of another intimate gig at Camden’s Electric Ballroom.
Comprising of lead singer and guitarist, Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool, Green Day were out to celebrate the announcement of their new album, Saviours.
And what better way to do that than at a pub, right?
Video footage shows the set from The Marquis pub in Covent Garden.
Will Gamble, 27, was one of the lucky ones who got to see Green Day in action, giving him a story to tell his pals for a very long time, no doubt.
Recalling the unexpected night, he shared: ‘So, my friend had a tip-off from a good friend close to the band that the show was happening at a bar on Chandos Place.
‘We actually walked into the wrong pub initially and sat in The Harp a few doors down being like, “Mmm surely it can’t be here?!”, turns out we were over-excited and turned into the first pub on the road that The Marquis was on.
‘Anyway, we sank our pints quickly and walked into the Marquis at about 7:30pm where there was a sign saying “Busk Till Dawn @ 9pm”. There were four other people at the front, of which one had been tipped off after bumping into Mike Dirnt’s wife earlier that day that it was there.’
One of the punters put the location of the event on Reddit, prompting a huge rush of people to the venue, as you can imagine.
At 9:30pm, a support band came on and played some covers – including hits from Green Day.
Then at 10pm, the trio took to the stage and performed their set to a crowd of adoring fans – and regular pubgoers.
Will added: ‘[Afterwards] we stood outside for like an hour in disbelief, along with the police turning up due to crowds on the road!
‘The first album I ever bought was Bullet In A Bible in 2005 – they are the reason I love music. This felt like a full circle moment, I never thought I’d have the chance to see them at a smaller venue than when I saw them at Shepherds Bush Empire in 2012, let alone a pub!’
Sharing pictures to Instagram after their epic gig, Green Day penned: ‘London, what a night!!! We’re going to remember that one for a long long time.
‘Thank you to @the_marquis_covent_garden for having us and to the handful of you that got to witness it.’
Taking to the comments, plenty of fans echoed Will’s sentiments.
‘Honestly I can’t believe I made it there. I think it will probably go down as the best gig of my life’, one fan praised.
‘I was there!❤️❤️❤️ I can’t believe I made it. Thanks for giving me the best show ever! ❤️’, penned another.
Green Day’s 14th studio album is set to be released on January 19, 2024, which will be the band’s first since Kerplunk.
The rockers will also embark on a tour, playing stadiums across the UK, Europe, and America next summer.
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