I Miss My Hometown

Green Day debuts new album in Oakland, CA:

All on the same night, all in small-to-mid-sized clubs: Green Day, Franz Ferdinand and Leonard Cohen(!) We just don’t get stuff like that here. Sigh.

2 thoughts on “I Miss My Hometown

  1. I still haven’t listened all the way through their new album. Gotta wait for the right moment without any interuptions.

  2. I remember seeing these guys at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View about thirteen or fourteen years ago (before I met Beth), right around the time “Dookie” came out. Must’ve been afterward, because prior to that, they wouldn’t have played any venue as large as Shoreline, even in the Bay Area, their home town. That was the album that rocketed them from local faves (but nobodies) at 924 Gilman St. to national punk-sensations almost overnight. Them and Rancid, who I actually like somewhat better than Green Day.

    Haven’t seen either band since then, mostly due to a near-pathological aversion on my part to seeing ANY band, no matter how good, at anything larger than a medium-sized club. I absolutely LOATHE stadium tours; in fact, if Hendrix himself came back from the dead, I wouldn’t go see him if he was playing at the EnormoDome. In 1998, Beth and I saw David Bowie live at the Warfield in San Francisco with no more than 1,200 people in attendance. We got there early for GA tickets on the floor, and were less than a dozen feet from Bowie the entire show. Now THAT’S the way to see a show!

    But Green Day are a gas live – or at least they used to be: fulla piss and vinegar, and they’d often toss off note-perfect but very tongue-in-cheek send-ups of old ’80s hair-metal songs like The Scorpions’ Rock You Like A Hurricane, or Nuns-‘n’-Posers Guns-‘n’-Roses’ Paradise City or even little known ones like Wasp’s Animal (F*** Like A Beast). Good times, LOL!

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