| Show info |
|20.09.1995, O2 Academy Brixton, London, England|
"Dookie" European tour, leg 3, w/ Riverdales (Aug. 25 - Sept. 22)
1. Welcome to Paradise
5. Stuck With Me
6. Geek Stink Breath
7. 2,000 Light Years Away
Note: Operation Ivy cover.
9. Basket Case
11. Coming Clean
12. F.O.D. (Fuck Off And Die)
13. Paper Lanterns
Note: With snippet of "Eye Of The Tiger" by Survivor.
14. All By Myself
15. Dominated Love Slave
1. When I Come Around
- Other performers: Riverdales (opening act).
Credit: Paul Harries
Credit: Fred Duval
Credit: Metal Shock; Dec. 1995
Credit: Unknown magazine
White Dopes On Punk!
Multi-million selling Punk urchins Green Day trash Brixton in triumph! Billie Joe and Co's three-chord wizardry has a sell-out crowd pogoing till... 9.15pm!
Brixton Academy, London
Wednesday, September 20
Green Day came on early. A conspicuously inconspicuous entrance which had you going, 'Is that them or the support act?' But 'Welcome To Paradise' was the perfect 'How are ya?' for the rowdy atmosphere permeatin' the old Academy tonight.
Why, in my day, children, punky types at gigs went around with empty glasses, cadgin' a drop or two from those tager a-plenty. But it was actually nice to discover that Green Day fans are so well off, they can launch half-pints of the precious golden beverage skywards! Then again, who really knows what the true consistency of all those droplets really were - at one point bassist Mike Dirnt did encourage the people on the balcony to gob on those downstairs...
Singer/guitarist/hair colour experimentalist Billy Joe Armstrong announces that his band were "shit at Reading" and that they were gonna make up for it tonight. And a fun-packed and frenetic show it was. If you merely owned 'Dookie', you were only in for a handful of alien encounters. Like '2,000 Light Years Away' from the 'Kerplunk!' album, for example. And I only know that, cos Billy Boy graciously informed us!
But cool was the suckerpunch pause that exploded into 'Basket Case'. 'Course it's no 'New Rose' or 'Blitzkrieg Bop', but it's a fab wee slice of crunch Pop. Well, no complaints from the spaghetti of limbs down the front, anyway.
But more than anything, you had to get off on the personal touch Green Day offer, Billy is forever casually chatting and playfully taunting, or playing impromptu snatches of... well, 'London Bridge Is Falling Down', for one. Anarchy in the UK indeed. Still, when Green Day did manage to get it together, there were some geniunely tasty bits. Even their goofing off on Survivor's 'Eye Of The Tiger' failed miserably to disguise the fact that they could actually play the song.
The infectious 'When I Come Around' was aired in the clutch of encorial delights, yet the show stealer for me was drummer Tre Cool picking up a guitar and going all out nerd overkill on Dookie's unlisted-final-song, 'All By Myself'. Classic! Hey, now forget 'New Rose' and 'Blitzkrieg Bop'...
Good gig. Shame it ended with many gapin' at the stage with jaws wrapped around their ankles, trying to fathom why Green Day waved bye-bye at a terrifyingly sober 9.15pm...
Type of recording
Sept 20, 1995 - Brixton Academy, London, England (DVD) (joangnr)
There are no covers.
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