During the NHL All-Star Halftime show, band Green Day performed a number of their popular songs for the hockey fans in attendance and the many others watching on television or online streams.
The group is known for a number of big hits including When I Come Around, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, and American Idiot. However, their All-Star Game live performance featured Billie Joe Armstrong dropping an F-bomb as part of the nationally televised show.
Green Day performs for NHL All-Star Halftime Show 2020
The annual NHL All-Star Game was being held in St. Louis, home of the league’s Blues. Punk rock-pop music band Green Day was there to provide the halftime show and their performance quickly went viral.
That wasn’t necessarily due to the popularity of the group’s music but instead because of Billie Joe Armstrong swearing on national television.
In a video clip shared on Twitter, Armstrong is heard shouting to the fans to “Get your f**king hands up in the air!” That brought cheers and applause from the spectators at the Blues’ home arena, but probably drew the ire of those producing the event on NBC and on television networks in Canada.
That was just one of several lines from the singer which featured swearing. In another instance, Armstrong yells, “Let’s go f**king crazy!”
Green Day was not bleeped out on a secondary audio feed. Here's what you missed, if you really need to know: pic.twitter.com/30k6hKQPut
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 26, 2020
Twitter reacts to Green Day’s halftime performance
The group’s halftime show cursing is unlikely to rival another famous halftime incident. The Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction continues to stay stop the list for that. Still, plenty of people on Twitter were reacting to Green Day’s swearing during NHL All-Star halftime.
Most of the comments made reference to the group causing all kinds of commotion with their cursing during the performance.
lmao Green Day out here risking it all at the damn All-Star Game
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) January 26, 2020
Green Day with the family friendly intermission performance on national television pic.twitter.com/XMbIjISpTt
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) January 26, 2020
NHL: *Books Green Day for All-Star Game*
NHL when Billie Joe starts swearing at the All-Star Game: pic.twitter.com/5pMIvaCgLY
— Logan Mullen (@ByLoganMullen) January 26, 2020
Live look at Gary Bettman during Green Day pic.twitter.com/4xGt3MsShN
— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) January 26, 2020
The annual All-Star Game featured players representing each of the four divisions competing for a prize of $1 million. With the format, there were two semifinals games between the Eastern and Western Conference divisions.
The winning division teams, the Atlantic and Pacific, would face off in the finals. Ultimately, the Pacific won the matchup 5-4.
Green Day’s medley of songs came during the second intermission of the All-Star Game on Saturday night.
In addition to their NHL Halftime performance, the punk rock band also gave a free show outside of the Enterprise Center before the big game in St. Louis, Missouri. Other musical acts associated with the annual game entertainment included O.A.R. and Awolnation.
The 2020 NHL All-Star Game was televised live on NBC on Saturday, January 25.