NSSN 2011: Green Day Saves The Day, Florence Rushes The Stage

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Green Day @ Not So Silent Night 2011 (Photo By: Steve Jennings)

Green Day @ Not So Silent Night 2011 (Photo By: Steve Jennings)

[photogallerylink id=94191]Live 105’s Not So Silent Night 2011 was action-packed and filled with surprises to say the least. And thanks to a Christmas miracle the show went on despite a huge last-minute hitch. Scheduled headliner Jane’s Addiction cancelled their performance the day of the show due to a family emergency. So what did we do? Call one of our favorite local bands to save the day!

Minutes before doors were set to open local heroes Green Day stepped in to save the rock show. The Bay Area punk rock icons confirmed they would be filling in for Jane’s Addiction as headliners.

[photogallerylink id=93856 align=right]But that’s not where all the fun started. Southern California-based rockers Young The Giant opened the night’s festivities and proved why they’ve been creating such a buzz over the last year. Explosive hits like “Cough Syrup” and “My Body” warmed the crowd up nicely for the following acts.

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Florence + The Machine @ Not So Silent Night 2011 (Photo by: Steve Jennings)

[photogallerylink id=93850]90s alt-rockers Bush brought their slew of grunge hits including “Comedown,” “Glycerine,” “Machinehead” and more. Sorry guys, if you’re wondering there was no sighting of Mrs. Rossdale, AKA Gwen Stefani, backstage. Or those cute little Rossdale kids.

[photogallerylink id=93852 align=right]Now enter Florence + The Machine. Talk about a powerhouse performance. Who would have thought that the timid, soft-spoken woman hanging out backstage with fans could command a crowd like that. Florence Welch’s vocals captivated the crowd with breathtaking songs like “Dog Days Are Over” and “Kiss With A Fist.”

[photogallerylink id=93854 align=left]Leave it to British folk-rockers Mumford And Sons to get the crowd going in a full on sing-a-long. The band’s 2009 album “Sigh No More” is easily one of the year’s most surprising hits. So it was interesting to see that the same people singing along to “Little Lion Man” and “The Cave” would soon be the same people moshing during Green Day’s set.

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Green Day @ LIVE 105's Not So Silent Night 2011 (Photo by: Steve Jennings)

[photogallerylink id=94191]Here’s where things got extra exciting. It’s what we at LIVE 105 have been referring to as our “Christmas miracle.” Somehow the stars aligned, all three members of the band were in the Bay Area and agreed to play Not So Silent Night with a moment’s notice. They hit the stage at the Oracle Arena to the overwhelmingly positive response of the crowd who was clearly ready to rock out. And the band was not going to deprive them of what they wanted.

“They were like ‘Who could we call that lives 10 minutes away?,'” explained lead singer Billie Joe Armstong to the crowd of 18,000 about the call he received that day from LIVE 105. And with that said Billie Joe, Mike Dirnt and Tre Coo plowed through hit after hit during their last-minute hour and a half set. Concert goers originally speculated that the band would play their 1994 release “Dookie” from start to finish. But what they got was way better.

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Fans @ Not So Silent Night 2011 (Photo by: Steve Jennings)

[photogallerylink id=94232 align=right]NSSN concert-goers got a special treat as the band played nothing but their 90s hits from 39/Smooth, Kerplunk, Dookie, Insomniac and Nimrod and one track from American Idiot for good measure. Green Day had people moshing nonstop as they took us back with tracks like “2,000 Light Years Away,” “Longview,” “Hitchin’ a Ride,” “Welcome To Paradise,” and a few covers of classics by Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and Black Sabbath. The crowd even burst into it’s own rendition “Happy Birthday” per Billie Joe’s request in honor of drummer Tre Cool who was celebrating his big day.

[photogallerylink id=93803 align=left]To top it off, one of Green Day’s biggest fans just happened to be in the house. We’re not talking about a 15-year-old audience member. Surprisingly, Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine is a huge Green Day fan and she proved her love last night. As the guys roared through their first track, a giddy Florence was spotted side-stage jumping along to “Welcome To Paradise.”

Midway through their set, Billie Joe called out the powerhouse singer. This led to Florence rushing the stage, literally jumping on top of speakers and crawling her way onstage to greet the band. Florence and Billie Joe hugged it out onstage. “I don’t know what we’re doing but I just wanted to say hi,” said Billie. “You’re very sweet. You have a beautiful band and a beautiful voice.”  Then he dedicated their next song “Burnout” to her as she ran offstage. Florence later tweeted a photo of her and Billie Joe hanging out backstage at the show. Freakin’ awesome, right?! Check out video of the special NSSN 2011 moment below!

Yes, we at LIVE 105 are still trying to process what happened at Not So Silent Night 2011. It was an amazing night to say the least. There’s no doubt this one is going down in LIVE 105 history!


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