| Show info |
|11.11.1995, Stabler Arena, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA|
Insomniac North America Tour w/ Riverdales (Oct. 16 - Dec. 16)
1. Armatage Shanks
Note: Wasn't filmed, but was played.
Note: Wasn't filmed, but was played.
3. Geek Stink Breath
6. Brain Stew
8. 2,000 Light Years Away
Note: Operation Ivy cover.
10. Basket Case
13. Road to Acceptance
14. Paper Lanterns
15. All By Myself
16. Dominated Love Slave
17. When I Come Around
18. F.O.D. (Fuck Off And Die)
- Other performers: Riverdales (opening band).
- Sold out.
Joe Warminsky III:
It's Not Easy Being Green Day The World Is Their Mosh Pit Despite A Punk Identity
Tre Cool (drummer) of Green Day finds it easy to talk about youths. After all, his band has sold millions of albums worldwide to a largely teen-age audience, and since the rise of the Berkeley, California, trio's breakthrough 1994 Reprise disc "Dookie", Wright himself has even fathered a child of his own.
For Tre, playing Green Day's pop-laden punk rock to thousands of teens and pre-teens every week - in places such as Lehigh University's Stabler Arena, where the band performs a sold-out show tomorrow night - has been a bit of a civics lesson. International tours in support of "Dookie" and the band's latest disc, "Insomniac," have given him a new perspective on the U.S. fans that propelled him, guitarist/singer Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt to success.
"You go to Europe and people are more politically active. They're not just into sports," said Wright in a recent telephone interview from Baltimore. "It seems like kids here just imitate each other. The thing about America is that kids can choose anything. There's always going to be a counterculture in America, period, because there's always going to be such lame fucking people that rule."
"The fucking government and the teachers ... all of them are fucking idiots. So the kids who figure that out and rebel against it are always going to be the counterculture," he said. "The thing I find true with America is that there's always going to be those kids that go against the grain, and that's really cool. Unfortunately, there's the grain to go against."
Cool said that sometimes it's difficult to sit idly by and watch young fans blindly accept Green Day as the trend of the moment. He offered an anecdote to make his point: "This girl comes up with all her friends and stuff ... (and they're saying) Gimme your autograph. Gimme your autograph," and the girl is like, "Sign my arm!" And I went, "Sign your arm? When you take your next shower and it washes off, are you going to forget about us?" I called her out on it. I'm like, "So, did your friends just kind of drag you here and you have no idea who we are?"
The fan said she owned a copy of "Dookie." Cool said he gave her a friendly reply, but he didn't sign her body. "I think she just realized that it was kind of dumb to have somebody sign her arm," he said.
Tomorrow night's performance will be Green Day's third in the Lehigh Valley. The first, on March 19, 1994, at Lehigh University's Taylor Gym, drew 1,300 while the second, on July 31, 1994, attracted a sellout crowd of 1,500 to Baron's Beach Club at Starz in Allentown.
Cool said Green Day doesn't take any fans for granted, "though if somebody's going to buy a ticket and come to the show we're going to give them the best show that we possibly can. We're gonna get bloody on stage. We're gonna f------ wreck ourselves."
Despite the blood-and-sweat kinetics of Green Day's stage show, the self-deprecating sarcasm of the band's lyrics and the guitar-driven mania of Armstrong's songwriting, Green Day has suffered from a punk identity crisis. Cool said he's given up trying to fit the scene's loosely defined ideals, especially since other bands have followed Green Day up the charts.
"I don't like being thrown into the whole punk thing, you know (where people say), "You guys are punks, so people who like you have to like the Offspring and Rancid and all these other bands that are totally saying they're punk," said Cool. "We're not punk ... We're a rock 'n roll band. I just think it's kind of dumb to try and be punk rock and try to sell millions of records at the same time. It's a contradiction."
Green Day did consider itself a punk rock band at one time. But switching from the independent Berkeley label Lookout! to major label Reprise was a decision fueled by the band's desire to get its music to a wider audience. Selling millions of discs only forced Cool, Armstrong and Dirnt to turn their punk ethics inward.
"(It's not that) we're not punk rock anymore. As people we are," said Cool. "People that have no idea where we come from have no idea what punk rock is to us. To some idiot, it might be something totally different."
Green Day's Concert At Stabler Wasn't A Blast
It's a strangely entertaining sight, watching three droning musicians prodding dozens of young listeners to slam, surf and surge like worker bees. That, however, was Green Day's only notable accomplishment on Saturday in a sold-out Stabler Arena. Like many of today's neo-punkers, the band has precious few musical weapons and a merely mild bad streak.
The first seven songs were virtually indistinguishable; certainly, the often clever nose-thumbing lyrics were. Guitarist Billie Joe and bassist Mike Dirnt ground out short, monotonous trembling lines, building impenetrable banks of noise. When Joe finally broke the boredom, he soloed with three equally spaced notes; Neil Young he isn't. The band's idea of a bridge? Joe left the stage, Dirnt covered with bounding, trumped-up passages, and Joe returned with barely in-tune, out-of-the-ballpark squawking.
These faults could have been ignored if Green Day had been shrink-wrap-tight. But drummer Tre Cool's well-mixed, surprisingly spry accents never jelled with Dirnt's rolling, trolling licks, and both were undercut by Armstrong's insistence on being a madman rather than a musician.
With his unruly red hair, goofy leer and wobbly run/walk, Armstrong was a cross between a mild Johnny Rotten and a bobbing-head car doll. For all his blustering, he delivered only one inventive routine. Toward the end of the show he shook water into the sweaty pit, blessing moshers by making a manic sign of the cross with first hands and then plastic bottle.
The main problem with Green Day is that they have three toes in punk, three in rock. They lack the Sex Pistols' anarchy, the Ramones' ramrod, hang-loose diversity, R.E.M.'s grungy melodic riffs. They need two more chords, three more meters and a real snarl or two.
The concert's one apparently spontaneous moment happened during the first encore. Cool returned to the stage alone to play martial, surfy electric guitar. After Dirnt and Joe (on drums) joined him, the tune branched into a hysterical western 1-1/2-stepper. It was dedicated to "Jeff"; perhaps they meant Jeffrey Howorth, the local teen who, before being acquitted of murdering his parents, jotted a Green Day lyric on a schoolbook cover. The song in question is "Having a Blast," which on Saturday this reviewer didn't.
Preceding Green Day were the Riverdales, a group with even fewer assets. Bassist Dan Schafer, guitarist Ben Foster and drummer Dan Sullivan should have carpal tunnel syndrome for their hyperactive, utterly predictable slinging and bashing. Abrupt conclusions, count-offs and combat stances made them seem like a Ramones parody. An absolute disregard for contrast and tunefulness made them perfect mascots for "The Flintstones."
Green Day Was Inventive, Original
Regarding Geoff Gehman's review of the Green Day concert at Stabler Arena, he obviously wasn't at the same show I was. Green Day was very original, inventive and quite entertaining.
Every song the band played sounded clear, quite different from the band's other material, and was eagerly welcomed by the sold-out crowd.
I worked this show as part of the stage crew, and lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong took the time to talk to us "roadies" and even signed autographs, while 99 percent of other performers are whisked away to their limos or tour buses and don't even acknowledge the people who make the shows happen.
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