10-year-old guitarist steals the show from Green Day in San Francisco

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong got the crowd to go crazy again and again on Saturday night as the local punk band with a bratty attitude fired off a medley of hits at San Francisco’s Outside Lands music festival — but it was a 10-year-old that led the people in the audience to lose their minds.

“Who knows how to play guitar?” he called out to the crowd that filled the entire Polo Field at Golden Gate Park. “It’s only three f—king chords.”

Armstrong carefully scanned the audience, like a teacher picking a student to come to the front of class, and identified a 10-year-old boy near the front.

Montgomery, a 10-year-old festivalgoer, was called up onstage by Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong to play guitar at Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Calif. on Aug. 6, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

“You’re 10 years old and you know how to play guitar?” Armstrong said. “Can anyone vouch for him that he can really play guitar?”

Someone must have vouched for him because soon the doe-eyed boy sporting a 49ers hat was on stage, giving the punk rock god a big hug. A collective “awww” reverberated from the crowd.

Armstrong threw a guitar around him, and the boy killed it. Without any hesitation, he played the chords for the song “Knowledge,” a cover from Operation Ivy, a Berkeley band that used to perform at the city’s punk rock club 924 Gilman, where Green Day also got its start. Green Day often plays this song at shows and calls up an audience member.

The boy kept going — and the crowd roared far louder than any other moment in the show. One woman standing behind me was sobbing and screaming at the same time.

Montgomery, a 10-year-old festivalgoer, reacts to being offered a guitar onstage by Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong during their performance at Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Calif.  on Aug.  6, 2022.
Montgomery, a 10-year-old festivalgoer, reacts to being offered a guitar onstage by Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong during their performance at Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Calif. on Aug. 6, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

When Armstrong asked the boy his name, he replied it was Montgomery. Armstrong told the boy he’d call him Monty — and the crowd started chanting his new rock star name.

Montgomery, a 10-year-old festivalgoer, reacts to being offered a guitar onstage by Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong during their performance at Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Calif.  on Aug.  6, 2022.
Montgomery, a 10-year-old festivalgoer, reacts to being offered a guitar onstage by Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong during their performance at Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Calif. on Aug. 6, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

“Oh, and you can keep the guitar,” Armstrong said.



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