Five new acts have been announced to join Green Day on 1 July at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.
The Damned, The Stranglers, The Orwells, Bash & Pop, and Jesse Malin will now be on the bill alongside Rancid, Gogol Bordello, The Hives, The Living End, Beach Slang, SWMRS, Sunflower Bean and Public Access TV.
The Hyde Park show is part of Green Day’s incredible Revolution Radio Tour.
The band have been keen to showcase the original London punks who inspired them, and who better than The Damned and The Stranglers to fill those shoes.
Formed in 1976, Croydon’s finest, The Damned, are true pioneers and a band of firsts. They released the first punk single by a British act in 1976’s seminal ‘New Rose’ on Stiff Records, then the first punk album.
They also became the first British punk act to tour the USA. Nine of their singles made the UK Singles Chart Top 40 and last year the band celebrated their 40th anniversary by playing the Royal Albert Hall, a venue they had been banned from in their punk heyday.
Punk rock giants The Stranglers have a career spanning four decades. They’re credited with being one of longest surviving bands to have originated from the British punk scene. Chosen as the support act for The Ramones first London gig they went on to massive mainstream success with huge hits such as Golden Brown, Peaches and Skin Deep.
The band show no signs of slowing down and will hit Hyde Park hot off the heels of a critically acclaimed UK tour.
To add a more contemporary feel to proceedings, hailing from Chicago, The Orwells burst onto the scene back in 2011 and have since gone from strength to strength. They released hit albums Disgraceland in 2014 and Terrible Human Beings in February this year.
Bash & Pop are back 25 years on from their initial whirlwind one-album career back in the early 90s. With a new line-up put together in 2016 by frontman Tommy Stinson, their latest release Anything Could Happen marked a stellar return to the music scene 25 years on from their first trot around the block.
Starting his music career at just 12, heading up seminal NYC band Heart Attack, Jesse Malin went on to join stalwarts of the 1990s punk scene, D Generation, before establishing himself as a solo artist with a loyal and longstanding fanbase.
Let’s hope his newly released track, London Rain, won’t become prophetic…
Malin will be reuniting with Green Day following their 2010 collaborative venture Rodeo Queens, under which they released the single Depression Times.
In case you were wondering about Green Day…
Since breaking through in 1994 with Dookie, Green Day – formed by Billie Joe Armstrong (lead vocals), Mike Dirnt (bass) and Tré Cool (drums) – have become one of the world’s biggest bands with over 75 million worldwide sales. After a succession of hit albums, their 2004 rock opera American Idiot reignited the band’s popularity with a younger generation.
Green Day have won five Grammy Awards: Best Alternative Album for Dookie, Best Rock Album for American Idiot, Record of the Year for Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Best Rock Album for the second time for 21st Century Breakdown and Best Musical Show Album for American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 in their first year of eligibility for induction.
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