Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is no stranger to bringing fans up on stage to perform with the band. And he did it again last weekend in Tempe, Arizona, when he invited Jordan Kitchens, 14, of Durango, on stage to perform a cover of Operation Ivy’s “Knowledge.”
Jordan, a student at Durango High School, waited all day to watch her favorite band perform and worked her way to the front of the stage. At most Green Day shows Armstrong invites a member of the audience who can play the guitar onstage to perform, said her mother Brooke Kitchens. Armstrong was impressed by a sign Jordan Kitchens had made that referenced the song “Threat Level Midnight” by The Network, a Green Day side project.
With some help from other fans in the crowd to direct Armstrong’s attention at Jordan, she was invited on stage. Jordan ripped through the chord progression of “Knowledge” in front of thousands of fans. After the show, the band posted Jordan’s performance on its Instagram page. The band also allowed Jordan to keep the guitar she performed with, which was a white Gibson Les Paul Double Cut Junior, one of Armstong’s signature guitars.
Jordan Kitchens is a musician herself performing music under the name of “Jordan Rainey.”
“The crazy part has been how many comments and shares that it's had on social media since then,” said Brooke Kitchens.
– Herald Staff