“One of the Sweetest People”: Billie Joe Armstrong Shares Memories of Serena Williams Attending Green Day Gigs

Published 04/22/2021, 6:17 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her semi final match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


Billie Joe Armstrong, the frontman of the popular American rock band ‘Green Day’, has opened up on his chance encounters with women’s tennis superstar Serena Williams.

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The 23-time Grand Slam champion has made no secret of her admiration for the rock group which has been inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame and is almost always at the top of her playlist.

Armstrong appeared as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday, and Kimmel revealed how Serena once gave him a guided tour of Wimbledon just because he had introduced her to the ‘Green Day’ frontman.

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“She was like kicking everybody’s ***”: Billie Joe Armstrong on Serena Williams

Armstrong shared memories of some of the band’s European concerts at the same time when Serena was also involved in Tour events on the continent.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. during her semi final match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka REUTERS/Loren Elliott

He said the champion would wrap up her games quickly and rush to the ‘Green Day’ concerts. “We would run into her in different countries in Europe because she was like kicking everybody’s *** in that particular country and then she’d come to the show,” Armstrong said.

The Green Day frontman said Serena would look to wrap up her games quickly and attend their gigs

Armstrong added that Serena would step up the heat on her opponents and wrap up games as fast as she could to give herself enough time to catch her favorite rock band live.

“I think she’d literally try to see how fast she could beat her opponent so she can actually come to the gig and she would end up showing up and she’d always ask us to play the song ‘Disappearing Boy’,” the rocker said.

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He said that the song in question was one that the band wrote “years and years ago” and it was always at the top of Serena’s wishlist every time she attended the band’s concerts. “She’s great, one of the sweetest people,” said Armstrong, in fulsome praise of the tennis champion.

Apart from ‘Green Day’, Grammy-winning R&B singer Ciara and Kelly Rowland also figure high on her playlist. Serena is also a major fan of multiple Grammy-winning singer Beyonce Knowles and her rapper and music producer husband Jay Z. The celebrity couple has also been spotted watching Serena from the stands.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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