When people think Christmas music, Green Day isn’t the first band that comes to mind. However, a new tradition has begun in Derby. After their sell out show last year, Natt Webb of Myoke, Matt Peach from Peach, Roan Brandt of The Raw and Adam Slack of The Struts have joined forced to once again form a tribute group to the stadium punk band that inspired them all to play their own music.
With only a few days to go until Christmas, The Venue on Abbey Street is packed with party goers, music lovers and most importantly, Green Day fans. The band begin their set with American Idiot, the single which saw Green Day break into the eyes of the mainstream.
A few songs in and it’s hard to decide who does the best Billy Joe impression. Matt and Adam’s vocals sound scarily like the singer and Matt even has the poses down a little too well. As for the music, it’s tight. The work amazingly well together, weaving their way through the back catalogue from When I Come Around to Brain Stew and new hits such as Still Breathing; which Adam and fellow Struts member Luke Spiller both share writing credit on.
A space opens up in the dance floor as fans relive their teen years, jumping up and down to She’s A Rebel and singing Wake Me Up When September Ends at the top of their lungs.
The band finish the show on an encore of Basket Case. All the music raised from the gig has been donated to Teenage Cancer Trust. This is what Christmas is really about, doing what you love and giving to those less fortunate. Let’s hope we see another tribute gig next year.
Images by Oolay Stone.