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Green Day’s Other Opening Act: An Art Gallery

Green Day brings a lot more with them on the road than just roadies: the band will be accompanied by a traveling art gallery, composed of original pieces inspired by music from the band’s most recent release, 21st Century Breakdown.

“We are really excited to be touring with this incredible show,” Green Day front-man Armstrong said. “Seeing the pieces that our new album has inspired is very exciting. We feel a strong connection to that type of creative expression; we think the fans coming out to see us on the road will love it.”

The show’s curator, Logan Hicks, said that the gallery will feature contributions from an international pool of artisans, such as New York-based painter Ron English, Amsterdam-based street artists The London Police, French stencil artist C215 and British illustrator Will Barras.

“I chose artists whom I felt had a similar visual approach to art as Green Day does to its music,” Hicks, a stencil artist and die-hard punk-rock fan, said. “Although most of the artists represented are well-established in their careers, they embrace the same emotional rawness with their art, which speaks from the heart and swings with the fist. Their subject matter is struggle and injustice — they shoot from the hip and their art is their weapon.”

The band’s summer tour wraps up in Los Angeles on August 25.

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