Green Day's surprise 'vaccinated-only' show even caught the venue off guard

'We're nervous in the sense that we've never had something this big'
Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day
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By , Audacy

Sometimes, when one of the biggest rock bands in the world books a concert, even the owner of the venue gets left in the dark.

When Green Day surprise-dropped their announcement that they would be performing at Tulsa, Oklahoma's Cain's Ballroom on Tuesday night (July 20), even co-owner Chad Rodgers didn't fully know the scope of what was about to unfold -- although he knew something big was on the horizon.

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The show, which sold out in minutes, is happening as "a surprise warm up show" for their upcoming HELLA MEGA stadium tour with Weezer and Fall Out Boy the band says. There was a stipulation, however. Adding to their announcement, the band said, "Due to the recent spike in the Delta variant, and because it’s indoors, we’ve been asked to do this as a fully vaccinated show. ID & proof of vaccination will be required for entry for ALL attendees. No exceptions."

Fans who were lucky enough to scoop up the 1,500 tickets that Cain's can hold did so in just a half-hour after going on sale. Tickets, limited to two per purchase, were just $47.50 (with fees) and admission will be denied if proper proof of vaccination is not provided -- a last-minute change to the plan co-owner Rodgers told Public Radio Tulsa. "We're nervous in the sense that we've never had something this big... We have the staff," he says. "We'll have more security here than we've ever had for an event."

"From what I understand, lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, his mother lives in Oklahoma, supposedly. We anticipate a crowd of family and friends for the band," Rodgers says. "We're just super honored that they wanted to play here and chose us."

Despite some changes, the Hella Mega Tour featuring Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer is still on in the U.S. while dates in Europe and the U.K. have been postponed until 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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