Green Day brings 10-year-old on stage during electric Outside Lands set

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day performs during the Hella Mega Tour at Wrigley Field on August 15, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.
Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day performs during the Hella Mega Tour at Wrigley Field on August 15, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo credit Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS RADIO) – A 10-year-old boy stole the show at Green Day's booming performance at Outside Lands this past weekend.

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The acclaimed punk-rock band, formed in the Bay Area over 30 years ago, headlined the second day of the famed music festival at Golden Gate Park on Saturday night. Their energy-filled, hour-long set included hits like "American Idiot," "Holiday," "Know Your Enemy," and "Good Riddance" and featured lead-singer and East Bay native Billie Joe Armstrong speaking nostalgically about his time growing up in the region.

In one of the many highlights of the night, during the song "Knowledge," Armstrong, 50, pointed into the thousands of screaming fans in the crowd and asked, "Alright, who knows how to play the guitar?"

He scanned over the front few rows for a moment and located a boy wearing a red shirt and 49ers hat, hopping up and down giddily hoping for his wish and dream to be granted. Armstrong conducted a short, informal job interview of the boy, which consisted of asking him multiple times if he actually knew how to play, and confirming those credentials with the other people around him by asking, "Who can vouch for him?" – a reference check of sorts.

"Alright kid, get your ass up here," Armstrong told the boy after about 15 seconds of questioning.

After the boy, named Montgomery, was taken on-stage by security, Armstrong fastened a guitar to him, quickly taught him the few chords he needed him to play and then the show continued.

The two performed on stage together for over a minute with the crowd roaring in approval, raising its volume to one its loudest levels of the entire night. Armstrong constantly encouraged his newly birthed rockstar to soak up the moment by looking and gesturing to the crowd, and even let him sing a few lyrics into the microphone at the end of the song.

When they were finished, Armstrong had the crowd chant "Monty! Monty! Monty!" and told ecstatic boy that he could keep the guitar.

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