Green Day Bring Their 21st Century Breakdown To Central Park

By Rya Backer

It looks like the "Good Morning America" real estate outside of the spacious Times Square could not contain Green Day. In full promotion mode for their latest release, 21st Century Breakdown, the band performed for a very packed crowd not in the middle of Manhattan traffic, but rather, in the comparatively idyllic Rumsey Playfield in the middle of Central Park. If it was any consolation for fans who may have gathered in front of the morning show's usual digs, footage of the concert was shown on the giant screen outside the ABC building.

The band powered through three songs on air: "American Idiot," off the 2004 album of the same name, along with newer cuts "Know Your Enemy" and the new album's title track. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong kept the audience — filled with children on shoulders and businessmen prepping for the work day with an early-morning rock show — singing along, clapping and, in response to his call, jumping throughout the set. For those up for it, a mosh pit also came together in the center of the crowd.

The band also spoke with the show's Robin Roberts and Chris Cuomo about the album. "It's kind of a concept record," Billie Joe said, as fans cheered loudly over him. A quick look to Billie Joe's left explained what all the screaming was about: Drummer Tré Cool was goofing off as his bandmates spoke with the show's hosts.

"How do you contain Tré? You don't even try, do you?" Roberts asked the lead singer. "You don't," Armstrong replied, quickly.