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Green Day Covers the Rolling Stones, Honors George Michael at First 2017 European Tour Stop

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Green Day paid tribute to George Michael last night in Italy by interjecting a dash of the late singer’s hit, “Careless Whisper,” into “King for a Day,” a track from their 1997 album, Nimrod.

At the Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy, the group performed a massive 29-song set to kick off the 2017 leg of their European Revolution Radio tour. The impressively lengthy set drew mostly from the tour’s namesake album, but also featured the expected fan favorites from Dookie and American Idiot. It had been nearly six years since the band trotted out “Jaded” from Insomniac onstage, but that’s exactly what they did Tuesday night, along with “Christie Road” and “Welcome to Paradise” from 1991’s Kerplunk.

A crowd-pleasing medley covering the Isley Brothers’ “Shout” and the Rolling Stones‘ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” also sprung from the gargantuan set, but it was the nod to Michael during “King for a Day” that probably made more than a few Italian eyes well up, just less than a month after the beloved pop rocker’s passing.

Armstrong recently told NME he’s thrilled to be playing many tunes that haven’t made it to the stage in more than 20 years.

“We played these shows for the hardcore fans in the theaters and clubs and we just had a blast,” he said. “And you could tell because the energy in the crowd was energizing us.”

“We just put as much passion as we can into what we do. We write the record together, we make the record together, and it’s our record at that point,” Armstrong continued. “When it’s finished, on the day it gets released, it doesn’t belong to us any more. It belongs to the fans.”

Green Day Set List: January 10, 2017, Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy

1. “Know Your Enemy”
2. “Bang Bang”
3. “Revolution Radio”
4. “Holiday”
5. “Letterbomb”
6. Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
7. “Longview”
8. Youngblood”
9. “Welcome to Paradise”
10. “Brain Stew”
11. “Jaded” (First time live since 2011)
12. “Christie Road”
13. “Burnout”
14. “Scattered
15. “Hitchin’ a Ride”
16. “Waiting”
17. “Are We the Waiting”
18. “St. Jimmy”
19. “Basket Case”
20. “She”
21. “King for a Day”
22. “Shout” / “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
23. “Still Breathing”
24. “When I Come Around”
25. “Forever Now”
Encore:
26. “American Idiot”
27. “Jesus of Suburbia”
Encore 2:
28. “Ordinary World”
29. “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”

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