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US rockers Green Day and Rancid visit Assisi Animal Sanctuary in Co Down

Green Day and Rancid performed at Belfast's Ormeau Park this week.

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Green Day and Rancid visit Assisi Animal Sanctuary. (Facebook/Belsonic)

Green Day and Rancid visit Assisi Animal Sanctuary. (Facebook/Belsonic)

Green Day and Rancid visit Assisi Animal Sanctuary. (Facebook/Belsonic)

Green Day and Rancid visit Assisi Animal Sanctuary. (Facebook/Belsonic)

Green Day and Rancid visit Assisi Animal Sanctuary. (Facebook/Belsonic)

Green Day and Rancid visit Assisi Animal Sanctuary. (Facebook/Belsonic)

Green Day and Rancid visit Assisi Animal Sanctuary. (Facebook/Belsonic)

Green Day and Rancid visit Assisi Animal Sanctuary. (Facebook/Belsonic)

Green Day and Rancid visit Assisi Animal Sanctuary. (Facebook/Belsonic)

US rockers Green Day and Rancid have paid a visit to the Assisi Animal Sanctuary in Co Down during their visit to Northern Ireland.

The band were due to perform at Ormeau Park in Belfast on Wednesday night as part of Green Day's Revolution Radio tour - but took some time out of their busy schedules to visit the rescued animals ahead of the gig.

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Green Day and Rancid visit Assisi Animal Sanctuary. (Facebook/Belsonic)

Green Day and Rancid visit Assisi Animal Sanctuary. (Facebook/Belsonic)

Green Day and Rancid visit Assisi Animal Sanctuary. (Facebook/Belsonic)

 

Images posted onto the Belsonic Facebook page on Thursday night show the bands, along with their families, meeting the staff and animals at the Bangor site.

The post read: "While Green Day & Rancid were in town yesterday, the bands, their family and their crew took some time to meet puppies from Assisi Animal Sanctuary in Bangor, who rescue and re-home dogs, cats and rabbits.

"Make sure to like their page or visit their sanctuary if you're interested in re-homing an animal! Just tell them Green Day sent you ..."

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Green Day and Rancid visit Assisi Animal Sanctuary. (Facebook/Belsonic)

Green Day and Rancid visit Assisi Animal Sanctuary. (Facebook/Belsonic)

Green Day and Rancid visit Assisi Animal Sanctuary. (Facebook/Belsonic)

 

The bands performed in front of thousands of NI fans following their Assisi visit - and Green Day even got a few talented youngsters up onto the stage during the show.

As they performed their hit song Know Your Enemy, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong invited one girl on stage to take over lead vocals.

To huge cheers from the audience, she finished off the track while Armstrong supported her in the background.

Later on in the gig, another fan was invited to play guitar with the group, and was gifted Armstong's instrument for his troubles.

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Green Day and Rancid visit Assisi Animal Sanctuary. (Facebook/Belsonic)

Green Day and Rancid visit Assisi Animal Sanctuary. (Facebook/Belsonic)

Green Day and Rancid visit Assisi Animal Sanctuary. (Facebook/Belsonic)

 

Belfast Telegraph