The band dedicated their hit Boulevard of Broken Dreams to the 36 people who died earlier this month (Dec16) in the fire at the warehouse, which had been converted to a studio for artists and performance space known as the Ghost Ship.

Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong paid tribute to those who died, at their gig at Oakland's Oracle Arena before performing the track, saying of the victims, "These are people that are just here looking for themselves, just trying to have a moment where they could all just celebrate just being artists and being weird and having fun."

In the run-up to the gig the Oakland native also declared his affinity with the victims, writing on Instagram that he himself had lived and worked in similar arts spaces.

"it's (sic) been many years since i've (sic) lived in warehouses and communal spaces like Ghost ship," he wrote. "those were some of the best and most fulfilling times in my life."

He added that living in collectives similar to the one at the Ghost Ship allowed him to "thrive" as he explained, "The city of oakland (sic) provided that for me and my closest friends. this tragedy hits close to all of our hearts."

The band were performing in the city as part of local radio station Live 105's Not So Silent Night two day music event, with others on the bill including Blink-182, Empire of the Sun, Jimmy Eat World, and Bastille.

Among the victims of the blaze during a dance party at the venue on 2 December (16) were a number of up-and-coming California musicians including electronica artist Joey Casio, and Them Are Us Too member Cash Askew.

British musician Tom Odell is donating some of the proceeds from two DJ sets in California last week (end11Dec16) to a fund set-up to help victims and their families, with stars including Chelsea Handler and Lena Dunham also having made contributions.

Members of the city's three professional sports teams, the Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors are also raising money for the victims' fund, while Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf has pledged $1.7 million (£1.35 million) to create "affordable, safe spaces" for artists.