Friday, May 16, 2008

Foxboro Hot Tubs + 120-Degree Stork Club = Green Day

By Stephen Buel
Fri, May 16, 2008 at 9:51 AM

The rumors are true. The three members of Green Day are indeed members of the side project Foxboro Hot Tubs, which kicked off its short North American tour with a last-minute show on Thursday night from the sweaty confines of Oakland's Stork Club. The band consisted of all three members of Green Day -- Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool -- as well as long-time Green Day touring guitarist Jason White and a keyboard player unknown to this attendee. The group was also graced with an appearance by Billie Joe's sister, whose name could not be heard from where I was hyperventilating.

The rumors are true. The three members of Green Day are indeed members of the side project Foxboro Hot Tubs, which kicked off its short North American tour with a last-minute show on Thursday night from the sweaty confines of Oakland's Stork Club. The band consisted of all three members of Green Day -- Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool -- as well as long-time Green Day touring guitarist Jason White and another guitarist and keyboard player unknown to this attendee. The group was also graced with an appearance by Billie Joe's sister, whose name could not be heard from where I was hyperventilating.

The band's tight one-hour set was as energetic as one might expect. The Tubs played most if not all of the songs off their twelve-song release Stop Drop and Roll; highlights included "Mother Mary," "Alligator," and "The Pedestrian." Temperature in the club must have exceeded 120 degrees, and security guards kept urging members of the crowd to back up from the stage. But it was all for naught. The crowd moshed as the Tubs thrashed, and the Stork Club made rock history while probably violating a fire code or two. Next up: The band plays tonight at Crockett's legendary Toot's Tavern. Get your tickets now at Toot's.

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