Waving a homemade sign that read, “Please let me sing ‘Longview.’ I am 12 years old. Effing please!” Davis Gestiehr, 12, hoped Billie Joe Armstrong, the lead singer of Green Day, would see him among the crowd April 4 at the Patriot Center.
Armstrong saw him, all right, and brought the Bethesda boy on stage where Davis surprised everyone, Armstrong included, by belting out the words to the last verse of “Longview” — one of the group’s hits — and working the crowd like a pro.
When the song ended, Armstrong gave Davis a Fender guitar and thanked him for “what was pretty much the most memorable moment in my entire life.”
Davis thought it was pretty great, too.
“It was really cool. I love to do it,” Davis said. “I actually feel like a real rock star.”
When asked if he was nervous, Davis shrugged it off.
“I’m really used to it from performing around Bethesda,” he said.
And not just Bethesda. On March 29, Davis sang the national anthem before the Washington Nationals took on the New York Yankees at Nationals Park.
Davis is one half of the rock group Davison Duo, of which his sister Madison is the other half. On their Facebook page, they brag that they “play Rock music loud, very loud.”