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Arts and Entertainment

Don't Cry! Green Day Cancels Not-So-Secret Free Show in Burbank

Billie Joe Armstrong fronts Green Day, seen here playing an August 2010 show at the Verizon Ampitheater (Joey Maloney/LAist)
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Green Day has had to cancel its plans to put on a massive, "secret" show somewhere in Burbank this Friday.

The city denied permits for the group to play a free concert, according to an e-mail from the band's press rep. It turns out that way too many people were expected to show up to the "secret" show after news about it was tweeted out by Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. The Pop & Hiss music blog speculated that the band might be playing full tracks from its upcoming albums "¡Uno!," "¡Dos!" and "¡Tre!"

The rep writes: "The anticipated turnout was well into the thousands, and after monitoring the situation, fears were the number would dramatically swell and pose serious concern for safety of concert-goers once the location was made public."

Hmmm...maybe the band's management should try to keep its secret gigs a little more secret?