Thought it was strange that Green Day were in the UK the weekend of Reading festival but not performing there? Well, speculate no more. The band have announced that they will be performing a surprise set at the alternative rock festival. And not only that - they will be playing their landmark 1994 album Dookie, in its entirety. Dookie contains some of the band's most iconic songs, including 'Basket Case' and 'When I Come Around' and is widely hailed as the album that propelled the band to global fame, from their underground punk beginnings.
In 1995, Dookie won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album and has sold over 16 million copies across the globe. The three members of the band, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool announced the news on Radio One. They will soon be releasing a trio of albums, entitled Uno!, Dos! and Tre!. The release dates for the albums are September 24, November 12 and January 14.
The Reading festival is twinned with its counterpart event in Leeds, with the bands travelling the length of the country to play both sites. The man headliners are The Cure, Kasabian and Foo Fighters. So far, the Reading crowd looks as though it's in for a better weekend, in terms of the weather, with a deluge of rain forecast in Leeds lasting from Saturday to Sunday.