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Melissa Etheridge in Green Day show

Melissa Etheridge is about to get in touch with her punk side.

The Grammy and Oscar-winning US singer will temporarily step in for Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong while he takes a break from performing in his Broadway musical American Idiot.

Melissa, best known for her song Come To My Window, will play drug dealer St Jimmy from February 1 to February 6. Billie Joe, the composer and co-author of the musical, returns on February 10.

The high-octane show follows three working-class characters as they wrestle with modern life. One joins the Army, one becomes a father and one descends into a drug-fuelled life - thanks to St Jimmy.

Musical director Michael Mayer said: "This character is seductive, thrilling and dangerous. Melissa Etheridge is all that and so much more."

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