Green Day Brush Off Parasite At 2012 MTV VMAs
Billie Joe Armstrong & crew create chaos during their performance...
Parasite-induced illness be damned, Green Day were going to "create some chaos" during their live performance at Staples Centre.
Just days after the legendary band had to cancel a show in Bologna, Italy, because Armstrong was throwing up so profusely he had to be hospitalised, Green Day took the VMA stage to bust out Let Yourself Go, the first cut from first disc in their upcoming album trilogy, ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tre!, which is slated for release on September 25.
"I don't give a damn anyway," Armstrong sang, as if we hadn't already figured out as much.
Performing on a pink-and-green floor and surrounded by screaming fans, the performance was vintage Green Day, with drummer Tre Cool providing a lean, unrelenting backbone over which Armstrong chanted, wailed and sang-spoke.
Finally, he invited the crowd to pounce. They happily complied, consuming the band in a tsunami of sweaty limbs and head-banging enthusiasm.
Billie Joe all but disappeared in the punk bedlam, the only indication he was still alive his pulsing cries of, "Let yourself go!"
In retrospect and in a certain way, nothing in the performance was surprising, despite Armstrong's illness and the frontman's pledge to bring the crazy.
Green Day are VMA legends, having won 11 Moonmen (including Video of the Year in 2005 for Boulevard of Broken Dreams) and performed three previous times at the show, beginning in 1994 with a raw, raucous rendition of Armatage Shanks. No stomach-churning bug was going to change the band or slow them down.
Before taking the stage, Armstrong told MTV News on the carpet: "I'm doing better. It was a little rough," adding with a sly smile, "But when you get a parasite inside your body — I've always had a parasite inside my body. This time he decided to dance a little bit more. We're going to create a little chaos tonight, though. It's going to be fun."
Mission accomplished, Mr. Armstrong!