Green Day To Play Free San Francisco Show

The members of Green Day may no longer have any trouble paying their rents, but the multiplatinum pop-punks will play a free show on Sunday in San Francisco in solidarity with musicians who do.

The Berkeley, California, band's performance will be part of an event protesting the Bay Area's rising rents and what organizers say is an increasingly inhospitable climate for artists.

"[Green Day are] very committed to the community. They stayed here; they're supporters of the music scene," said Ian Brennan, the event's promoter.

As previously announced, Metallica's Kirk Hammett will speak at the event, which will also include performances from rockers Creeper Lagoon and former American Music Club frontman Mark Eitzel. Former Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra has canceled his planned performance, however.

As San Francisco's economy has boomed in recent years, city residents have faced some of the country's highest rents, which make it difficult for many

artists to stay in the area. Recently, some of the city's most popular rehearsal studios have closed down, leaving musicians without practice space.

Sunday's event, dubbed Take Back San Francisco, will also include a "Million Band March," with musicians marching from the city's Mission neighborhood to City Hall.

Green Day are expected to begin their set at 4:30 p.m. at San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza.

The concert will be broadcast live on Berkeley's KPFA-FM radio.

Last month, Green Day released Warning, which includes the hit single "Minority."