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Green Day, live in Tampa, plays hurricane relief benefit concert: Watch

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Hours before playing an epic, hit-filled concert at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Green Day played a very different kind of set in Tampa.

This one was smaller, wedged into a little shoebox of a room and blasted through garage-fidelity speakers. It lasted 10 songs, all of them from the Dookie era or earlier. And it was all to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey – and Hurricane Irma.

“We haven’t played in a room this small since the Longview bathroom,” said bassist Mike Dirnt.

But the show, streamed on Facebook Live, was for a good cause: Americares, which provides medical assistance for those in need. It was designed to raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey, but frontman Billie Joe Armstrong noted Americares was preparing to respond to Hurricane Irma, too.

“We’re all thinking about everybody down there so much every day, and it’s important to kind of keep thoughts and activity going down into Texas and all around the Houston area, because they need it,” Armstrong said.

REVIEW: Green Day please the masses with epic concert at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

The set was an early Green Day fan’s dream: Paper Lanterns, Christie Road, One Of My Lies and a sprinkling of Dookie tracks, including When I Come Around, She, Coming Clean and Burnout.

So far, the concert has raised more than $145,000 for Americares. You can watch it online for about the next week, and you can watch it here. The music doesn’t start until about 25 minutes in. Click here to watch it.

-- Jay Cridlin

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