Green Day will broadcast a special performance via Facebook Live at Facebook.com/GreenDay/ TODAY, Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 4 p.m. EST, to support Americares Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The band will donate $100,000 to the health-focused relief and development organization and encourage fans to support its response, as well. Green Day will stream a set from backstage at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, Fla., where they are performing tonight.
“Americares is truly grateful to have Green Day’s support,” said Americares President and CEO Michael J. Nyenhuis. “Their generosity and dedication means so much to us, as we restore health and hope for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.”
An Americares emergency response team arrived in Texas just before the hurricane made landfall and immediately began working with federal and state agencies, local organizations and partner health clinics to meet urgent health needs. Americares relief workers in Houston are delivering medicine and relief supplies to emergency shelters and supporting health facilities serving low-income and uninsured patients in affected areas.
“We kept seeing these terrible images of devastation coming from Texas, and we knew we had to do something to help,” said Green Day lead vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong. “We’re encouraging fans to join us in support of Americares, a trusted organization that’s on the ground providing aid.”
Americares has professional relief workers ready to respond to disasters at a moment’s notice and stocks emergency medicine and supplies in its warehouses in the U.S., Europe and India that can be delivered quickly in times of crisis. The organization responds to an average of 30 natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide each year, establishes long-term recovery projects and brings disaster preparedness programs to vulnerable communities.
Donations to Americares Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund will support its response to the storm. To view Green Day’s livestream, please visit Facebook.com/GreenDay. To make a donation directly to Americares, please go to Americares.org/Harvey.
About Green Day
Green Day is an American punk rock band composed of vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool. Formed in 1986, Green Day was originally part of the punk scene at the DIY 924 Gilman Street club in Berkeley, California. The band’s early releases were with the independent record label Lookout! Records. In 1994, its major label debut Dookie (released through Reprise Records) became a breakout success and eventually sold over 10 million copies in the United States. Green Day was widely credited with popularizing and reviving mainstream interest in punk rock in the United States. Green Day’s follow up albums Insomniac (1995) and Nimrod (1997) each sold over two million albums and were certified Double Platinum, and Warning (2000) was certified Platinum. 2004 brought the band’s rock opera American Idiot which reignited the band’s popularity with a younger generation and sold over six million copies in the United States. Green Day is one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide. The group has won five Grammy Awards: Best Alternative Album for Dookie, Best Rock Album for American Idiot, Record of the Year for Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Best Rock Album for the second time for 21st Century Breakdown and Best Musical Show Album for American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording. In 2010, a stage adaptation of American Idiot debuted on Broadway. On April 18, 2015, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of the 2015 class in what was their first year of eligibility for induction. On October 16, 2015, Green Day released the documentary Heart Like A Hand Grenade, an unprecedented behind the scenes look at the writing and recording of their legendary album American Idiot. Green Day’s 12th studio album Revolution Radio was released on October 7, 2016 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. The band is currently on their Revolution Radio World Tour.
Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that responds to people affected by poverty or disaster with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. Each year, Americares reaches more than 90 countries and all 50 U.S. states with over $600 million in innovative health programs and quality medical aid. Americares is the world’s leading nonprofit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies. For more information, visit americares.org.