The members of Green Day are none too happy to be losing their home town football team, the Oakland Raiders, to Las Vegas. The group performed in Detroit on Monday night (March 27), just hours after National Football League owners approved the Raiders' decision to move to Sin City, where a new stadium is being built to house it.
On stage at Joe Louis Arena, Billie Joe Armstrong told the crowd, "We come from the 'Detroit of California' -- only we no longer have a football team." Armstrong added a quick, "F--k Las Vegas!," complaining about "goddamn pumpkin pie hair" and other inaudible grumbles. He then promised the 13,000 fans that "I'm rooting for the (Detroit) Lions from now on!"
Green Day hails from the Oakland side of the Bay Area, where the group got its start as part of the fertile Gilman Street scene during the late 80s and early 90s. The Raiders are scheduled to move to Las Vegas for the 2019 or 2020 season; The team had previously relocated to Los Angeles from 1982-1995.
Ironically, Green Day plays Las Vegas for the penultimate show of its current North American tour on April 7. The group heads Down Under for dates in Australia and New Zealand starting April 30, then starts a European festival run on June 4 in the Netherlands.