Green Day Perform ‘Church on Sunday’ + ‘Warning’ for first time in 21 years

In preparation for their headline Lollapalooza performance tonight (July 31), Green Day held a warm-up show at the Metro in Chicago, Ill. on July 29, and it gave the band a chance to dig deeper into their catalog by pulling out some rarely played tracks.

In addition to delighting the attendees with some familiar staples (“American Idiot”, “Basket Case”, etc.), they pulled out several tunes that returned to the live set list after many years, including two – “Church on Sunday” and ” Warning ” – that hasn’t appeared in over two whole decades.

Actually according to Stereo gumthey ignored much of their planned set list in favor of featuring several tracks (from throughout their career) that have been absent from their concerts for a long time, including “Too Dumb to Die”, “Whatshername”, “One of My Lies ” ” and “Christie Road.”

That said, the inclusion of “Church on Sunday” and “Warning” – both from the 2000s Warning – were the biggest surprises, as none of the songs had been performed on stage since 2001.

In the fan-shot footage below (filmed by Liz Finch), you can even see the frontman Billie Joe Armstrong hand the mic over to a fan in the audience for the second verse (where said fan yells, “Fuck yeah!”). Meanwhile, the trio plays the music perfectly while the rest of the audience sings along. (Click here to see an alternate angle.)

As you can also see, the audience was just as excited to have them play “Church on Sunday”:

In total, about two-thirds of what they did did not write down (Therefore for reports). It’s nice to know that the boys are still eager to surprise fans after all these years.

Green Day Setlist, Chicago, Illinois at the Metro on July 29 (per Setlist.fm)

1. American idiot
2. Holiday
3. Revolution Radio
4. Letter bomb (first time since 2017)
5. Chuck on Sunday (first time since 2001)
6. Too Dumb to Die (first time since 2017)
7. Scattered
8. Bang Bang
9. Lump
10. Long term
11. Burnout
12. Vanishing Boy
13. Private Ale (first time since 2016)
14. Christie Road (first time since 2017)
15. One of My Lies (first time since 2017)
16. Whatshername (first full band appearance since 2005)
17. Oh Love (partial, cut off during first verse; first time since 2013)
18. Warning (first time since 2001; Billie hands her mic to a fan in the crowd to sing second verse; partial)
19. Murder City (first full band performance since 2013)
20. Welcome to Paradise
21. Geek Stink Breath (first time since 2017)
22. Stuck with Me
23. Basket case
24. The brain stew
25. St. Jimmy
26. JAR (Jason Andrew Relva) (first time since 2017)
27. Minority
28. Warning

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