What Does the Foxboro Say? Green Day Side-Project Rocks Yahoo’s SXSW Showcase

A band by any other name can sound just as totally sweet. Green Day certainly proved that at Austin's South By Southwest fest Friday night, when they played Yahoo's showcase at Brazos Hall as their "secret" powerpop side-project, Foxboro Hot Tubs.

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Or maybe it wasn't such a secret, judging by the crowd of in-the-know Green Day fanatics who turned up (and turnt up). And if there were any lookie-loos at Brazos who'd been unaware that they were about to see one of the planet's most massive rock bands play a hot 'n' sweaty club gig, there was certainly no mistaking the icons Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool once they hit the stage — even if Billie did bill himself as "Reverend Strychnine Twitch," and even if the group members obscured their visages with flower-festooned hats that made Pharrell's famous Arby's chapeau look like a little beanie in comparison.

The party actually started before Billie Joe, Mike, and Tré — along with Kevin Preston of the garage combo Prima Donna, guitarist Jason White, and keyboardist Jason Freese, the latter wearing a giant squirrel tail — even showed up, as stagehands filled the venue with Foxboro balloons. When the band finally appeared, chaos instantly erupted, as Billie alternately blasted the audience with a confetti gun, doused the audience with beer, and chastised the audience for not dancing with enough enthusiasm.

Spectators quickly, obediently responded to Billie's complaints, of course, by starting a club-sized, co-ed moshpit...and it wasn't long before Billie himself jumped off the stage and joined in on the action. Observing all this? His son Joey, whose band Emily's Army had opened the show earlier that night!

The night's setlist not only included eight cuts from Foxboro's one album from 2008, but a rendition of "Supermodel Robots" from Green Day's other side-project, new wave outfit the Network, and a rousingly ramshackle cover of the Who's "A Quick One (While He's Away)." And there were a couple Green Day songs, too. Seriously, were there any tunes played this hookup-filled Friday night that were more festival-appropriate than "F—Time" and "Makeout Party"? Probably not.

Yep, ain't no party like a Foxboro Hot Tubs party, 'cause a Foxboro Hot Tubs party don't stop. Well, actually it did stop, way too early: Although the band was officially scheduled to play from 10 p.m. to midnight, they exited the confetti-strewn stage after about 75 minutes of nonstop rock, and disappeared into the Austin night. But that was all right, because the beer-addled memories of this awesome gig will likely last well into SXSW 2015.

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