Green Day may be international, but they always recognize their roots in Berkeley’s DIY all-ages venue 924 Gilman.
Why? Because of who was right off screen.
When I heard Warning, I was converted. I realize that that’s like deciding you’re a Clash fan at ‘Sandinista,’ or falling for the Replacements because of ‘All Shook Down.’
If you’ve never heard “Stop, Drop and Roll!!!,” stop what you’re doing right now and check it out. You’ll thank us later.
None of these sound the same – just similar enough that you root for them to mature into new places. How many punk bands inspire that wish?
Today we lionize the pre-natal albums before Green Day’s huge break, 1990’s ’39/Smooth’ and 1992’s ‘Kerplunk’.
Without ‘American Idiot,’ Green Day would have different plans for this weekend.