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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Performs at Mark Zuckerberg's Wedding

Posted By on Tue, May 22, 2012 at 3:30 AM

click to enlarge "This one's for you, Mark!"
  • "This one's for you, Mark!"

Yes, really: Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong performed over last weekend at Mark Zuckerberg's wedding. What this TMZ video would lead us to believe was later confirmed by People. And while we're usually not thrilled about the icky "Hey we're rich now, entertain us" aspect of the moneyed class paying Very Famous People to perform at their nuptials and their daughters' Sweet 16 parties, the story is just so Bay Area that we have to enjoy it a little. Also, Zuck and Billie Joe are longtime friends, Armstrong did the gig for free, according to People, and the Facebook creator asked the East Bay punk rocker to sing "Last Night on Earth." Awwww.

Some people, predictably, were unhappy about the collusion of Big Tech and Big Punk. Poet, writer, comedian (and generally cool person) Sherman Alexie was one of them. After the story broke, Alexie Tweeted, "Green Day: The Broadway show was strike one. Playing Mark Zuckerberg's wedding is strike two. One more strike and they're Whitesnake."

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Alexie apparently later reconsidered this comparison, because the Tweet has been deleted from his feed. And while everyone who uses Twitter has issued at least one 140-character missive they later reconsidered and erased, this one caught us by surprise. In 2012, who's still concerned about Green Day's decision to turn American Idiot -- the most epic pop-punk record ever made -- into a (hugely successful) Broadway musical? Does Alexie know that a very young Billie Joe used to sing Broadway songs to nursing home patients with his father? And why, of all bands, Whitesnake? Was it because "Here I Go Again" is included in Rock of Ages?

Anyway, what happened at Zuck's Palo Alto palace was not Billie Joe pulling an Elton John. All the Green Day singer did was sing a song at his friend's wedding. His friend just happens to be worth nearly $20 billion.

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