Green Day's pre-recorded show at 'Fox New Year's Eve Toast & Roast 2021' disappoints fans: 'What a let down'

Fans immediately noticed that the performance was not only pre-recorded but seemed to have been recorded much earlier in the year with a packed crowd that had no care for social distancing


                            Green Day's pre-recorded show at 'Fox New Year's Eve Toast & Roast 2021' disappoints fans: 'What a let down'
Mike Dirnt, Billie Joe Armstrong and Tre Cool of Green Day (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
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For many people, the 'Fox New Year's Eve Toast & Roast 2021' wasn't about hosts Joel McHale and Ken Jeong or about Kelly Osbourne live from Times Square. They didn't come to see Ava Max, Leslie Jones, Craig Robinson or any of the other celebrities who made an appearance through the night.

For most of the night, fans were tweeting one thing and one thing only — "Where is Green Day?" Fox finally delivered, in the last appearance of the night, and as far as fans were concerned, it could not have been more disappointing.

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The highest number of tweets featured with the #NYEonFOX hashtag were fan questions about when Green Day would be arriving. Minutes ticked on, advertising breaks came and went, the show even paused for some filler local news, and still no Green Day.

Even the ball dropping in Times Square at the stroke of midnight didn't see them appear — it was at least half an hour after the countdown that the Green Day performance showed up. However, many fans immediately noticed that the performance was not only pre-recorded but that it seemed to have been recorded much, much, much earlier in the year, as they saw a packed crowd that seemed to have no care for social distancing.

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"lol was this Green Day performance filmed like a year ago? there's like 300 people crammed in front of the stage," wrote a fan. "How long ago was this Green Day performance filmed? The amount of people in the audience, esp maskless, is stressful," wrote another.

"Wait I waited all night for green day on #nyeonfox and it's a previously recorded concert of them playing their newer music," lamented one viewer. "I waited 8.5hrs watching #nyeonfox for @GreenDay to play just for them to play a prerecorded song that was done before Covid-19 (concert footage) and I have never been more disappointed... what a let down," says this fan.

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Other fans were outright angry at Fox for the bait & switch. "Yo! #nyeonfox tell me this Free day performance was recorded a year ago. Why is there a crowd of unmasked people's watching it? Seriously this is awful. I was in on this show until now. Not okay fox," wrote one viewer. "As far as @GreenDay performances go this is the most pre-recorded one I’ve seen. Can you say bait & switch?" wrote another.

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"Green Day playing their incredibly sh*tty new music in a previously recorded show from like a year ago is the best #nyeonfox can do eh?" said one fan. "#NYEonfox I waited for Green Day and it was previously recorded and no one had masks on so couldn’t have been any time this year????" wrote this user. 


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One fan noted that this hilariously mirrored an old episode from 'Community', a show both Joel McHale and Ken Jeong starred in, in which the college administration promised an appearance by Green Day — only to finally reveal that they were only able to hire an Irish cover band instead.

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It looks like Fox and Greendale Community College both had one thing in common — neither of them was able to get the real Green Day.

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