See Green Day’s Manic, Surprise Return to 924 Gilman
Group performed to raise money for two publishing companies whose joint warehouse had burned down
Green DayÂ returned to 924 Gilman Street, one of the Bay Area punk venues where they played in their salad days, for a special benefit concert on Sunday. They played the secret show to help raise money for victims of a building fire in Oakland, California that affected twoÂ local, independent publishing houses ”“Â AK PressÂ andÂ 1984 Printing”“ a recording studio (Shipwreck Studio) and dozens of residents, according toÂ PunkNews.
The trio played a career-spanning set at the venue, focusing mainlyÂ onÂ DookieÂ andÂ American IdiotÂ but also playing the odd cut from their pre”“major label days, includingÂ 39/Smooth’sÂ “Going to Pasalacqua,”Â Slappy’sÂ “Paper Lanterns” and a handful of tunes fromÂ Kerplunk. PunkNews reports that former Dead Kennedys mouthpiece Jello Biafra introduced the group, and that Rancid’s Tim Armstrong joined the group for a cover of “Knowledge,” a track by his previous band, Operation Ivy. The show’s set list, which a fanÂ tweeted out, included a “mic drop…” at the end.
The fiercely independent venue, which is run by a committee, banned the trio from playing there again in the early Nineties when it signed to Reprise. In 2012, a rep for the venue, Mike Avilez, toldÂ SF WeeklyÂ that he wasn’t ruling out Green Day’s return to the venue. “We’d have to have a meeting on it and vote ”“ but I’d be for it,” he said.
Incidentally, the group played an impromptu, unsanctioned, seven-song gig in 2001 after jumping onstage without warning after a set by the Influents. TheÂ set leaned heavily on songs from 1994’sÂ DookieÂ and earlier.
The publishing companies haveÂ formed a crowdfunding campaignÂ for which proceedsÂ will be split between the two publishers and the 30-plus residents who live in the building. Shipwreck Studio has also launched its ownÂ crowdfunding campaign.
Last month, Green Day played two gigs in Cleveland, Ohio, including theirÂ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Armstrong joined the group for “Knowledge,” as he did at Gilman, at theÂ pre-ceremony rshowÂ at the city’s House of Blues.
“I was freaking out,” Billie Joe ArmstrongÂ toldÂ Rolling StoneÂ after the induction about how he felt at the ceremony. “I was beyond nervous. I was just fuckin’…. It was kind of like being at your own wedding and your own funeral.”