First generation punks to open for Berkeley trio
Julian Marszalek

09:53 31st March 2017

Green Day are set to revive the spirit of 1977 with the announcement that they've invited forebears The Damned and The Stranglers to join them at their Hyde Park gig this July.

They’ll be joining a bill that already includes Rancid, Gogol Bordello, The Hives, The Living End, Breach Slang, SWMRS, Sunflower Bean, and Public Access TV.

Also added are Chicago garage rockers The Orwells, alt-rockers Bash & Pop and singer-songwriter Jesse Malin.

The addition of The Damned and The Stranglers will prove to be a big deal for Green Day. Formed in 1976, The Damned, the band released the first punk single by a British act with 1976’s seminal ‘New Rose’, then the first punk album with Damned Damned Damned. Proving to be remarkably durable and resilient, The Damned have scored nine Top 40 hits and last year they celebrated their 40th anniversary by playing the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The Stranglers have become a venerable punk institution. Releasing their first two albums – Rattus Norvegicus and No More Heroes – in 1977 alone, The Stranglers have, over their four-decade career, charted with a string of massive hits including ‘Duchess’, ‘Peaches’ and the – ahem - absolutely-not-at-all-about-smack ‘Golden Brown’.

Green Day’s gig on July 1 is part of the British Summer Time series of concerts to be held in London’s Hyde Park. Also playing are Phil Collins (June 30), Justin Bieber (July 2), Kings of Leon (July 6), The Killers (July 8), and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (July 9).

Elsewhere, Ward Thomas, The Head and the Heart, Tyler Bryant And The Shakedown and The Shelters have been added to the bill for Tom Perry & The Heartbreakers. They’ll join the previously announced Stevie Nicks and The Lumineers. Tickets for all the gigs are on sale now and available here.

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