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Billie Joe Armstrong Posts Tribute To Oakland Warehouse Fire Victims

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong has weighed in on the recent warehouse fire in Oakland, Calif., that killed 36 during a party there a week ago.

Armstrong is a native of the Oakland area has been one of Green Day's stomping grounds since the beginning, so he's taken an understandable interest in the blaze at the venue known as the Ghost Ship.

He writes on Instagram that, "It's been many years since I've lived in warehouses and communal spaces like Ghost Ship. Those were some of the best and most fulfilling times in my life. Living with other weirdos, artists, activists, and musicians. Spaces like this allow the strange ones to thrive and be the people that normal society rejects. We inspired each other, laughed together, and created new friends and family we didn't know existed. The city of Oakland provided that for me and my closest friends. This tragedy hits close to all of our hearts. please do what you can to help heal this intense loss...more information to come...let's take care of each other.. BJ."

Authorities are currently investigating the cause of the fire and criminal charges are expected.

it's been many years since i've lived in warehouses and communal spaces like Ghost ship.. those were some of the best and most fulfilling times in my life. living with other weirdos, artists, activists, and musicians.. spaces like this allow the strange ones to thrive and be the people that normal society rejects. we inspired each other, laughed together, and created new friends and family we didn't know existed. The city of oakland provided that for me and my closest friends. this tragedy hits close to all of our hearts. please do what you can to help heal this intense loss.. more information to come .. let's take care of each other.. BJ

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Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.