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|05.12.1994, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA|
"Dookie" North American arena tour, leg #2, w/ Pansy Division and Die Toten Hosen (Nov. 15 - Dec. 5)
Z-100's Acoustic Christmas (AIDS Benefit)
1. All By Myself
2. Dominated Love Slave
3. Welcome to Paradise
4. Basket Case
7. When I Come Around
8. 2,000 Light Years Away
9. Coming Clean
Note: Operation Ivy cover.
11. F.O.D. (Fuck Off And Die)
12. Paper Lanterns
Note: With snippets of Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi and My Way by Frank Sinatra.
- Other performers: Hole, Weezer, Melissa Etheridge, Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Indigo Girls, Pansy Division.
Credit: Bob Gruen (afterparty at Don's Hills)
Credit: Catherine McGann (preshow)
Credit: Chris Cassidy
Credit: George DeSota
Credit: Karen Conningham
Credit: Kevin Mazur
Credit: Patti Oudekirk
Credit: Scott Weiner
Credit: Zsolt Sarvary
Billie Gets Naked For Charity December 5, 1994
Madison Square Gardens, New York With the Z-100 Christmas show (AIDS benefit) beginning to drag after 7 hours, Green Day needed to be in top form to revive the tired audience. This was the final concert after a long year of supporting their hit album 'Dookie'. At close to 2AM the band finished their set and headed backstage before their encore. Fans would be in for a surprise when Billie returned to the stage wearing nothing but his guitar for a performance of 'She'. "His impulsive need to be noticed turned a musical endurance test into what will be one of the most talked about concerts of the year," reported the New York Post.
Jon Ginoli, "Deflowered: My Life In Pansy Division":
The Green Day boys were pissed off. The show was a multi-artist Christmas extravaganza: faux "alternative" Z-100's Acoustic Christmas. But no one had told Green Day it was acoustic until shortly beforehand, or that it would be a huge multiband festival show. The show had sold out on their name alone, and then the radio station added other acts. The lineup from top to bottom: Green Day, Hole, Weezer, Melissa Etheridge, Bon Jovi (gag), Sheryl Crow, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Indigo Girls, and us [Pansy Division]. When Green Day found out about Bon Jovi they were fit to be tied. This was everything they (and us) had ever fought against. This was an alternative station? Yeah, well we knew what a joke that was. Bon Jovi was a local hero! Green Day said they wouldn't do the show. Their soon-to-be-ex-managers talked them into it, but they were fuming. The radio station tried to throw us off the bill, but Green Day said they wouldn't do the show if we didn't get to play. We'll always be grateful for the many times they stood up for us that year.
We got a ten-minute slot at 7:00 p.m. It was amazing! We squeezed in four songs. The crowd was still coming in; the place was two-thirds to three-quarters full for our set (about twelve thousand people) and it was tremendous, loud applause and loud cheers. It was as short as a breath though, and then it was over. But we'd never dreamed of playing such a place, and it was an incredible experience.
There were a lot of celebrities backstage. I stood next to Brooke Shields (she's tall). I saw Evan Dando of The Lemonheads. He was with Courtney Love, and neither was looking very well. Courtney gave Chris [Freeman] a kiss. (He kept the napkin that he used to wipe her lipstick off of his cheek.) Chris saw Mike Rutherford of Genesis. (I wouldn't be able to pick him out of a lineup.) We got interviewed for MTV; they spoke to each band, and when they ran a half-hour special about this show, they aired the interviews of every performer except us. We met all of the other acts (except Bon Jovi), and everybody was very casual and friendly, no rock star trips or egos (except Bon Jovi). Melissa Etheridge told us we had a lot of guts, and wished us good luck. We felt like we were crashing a party, but tried to soak it all up; it would be over soon enough.
The sore point of the evening for everyone, it seemed, was Bon Jovi. Without enough dressing rooms for each band to have their own, bands doubled up - except of course Bon Jovi. Their entourage arrived early in the day, and commanded the largest dressing room for themselves - the only one with telephones. No other bands were permitted in their dressing room. The only other phones were two pay phones in the hallway, but it was loud out there, and there was a line for them. In those pre-cell phone days, eight bands on the road in one place meant high demand for phones.
While other acts mingled backstage, Bon Jovi's entourage was easy to spot, especially the women. One had an appaling tanning salon tan (kind of a nuclear orange) and really unnatural-looking breasts. I thought she might have been a drag queen at first (but that would be an insult to drag queens). Jon Bon Jovi stayed in his dressing room until his time to play, and then had some lackeys clear the hallway so he and his own personal film crew could safely get through. The only people in the hallway were other musicians and their friends, but cleared we were. We cracked open our dressing room door and saw Bon Jovi getting pumped up for his show. He punched the air like Rocky! He grunted! He punched the air again! He looked like a total moron. The other acts watching were giggling behind their hands. And instead of walking onstage, he went to the sound desk in the middle of arena floor and had a spotlight put on him there. Sadly, the young crowd seemed to like Bon Jovi as much as they did the other bands.
The evening ran a bit behind schedule, but the only performer to blatantly run overtime was (guess who!) Bon Jovi. By the time Green Day came on it was 12:45 a.m.; many of their underage fans had gone home. Billie Joe was so disgusted that he returned for his encore totally naked (which earned many negative comments because, my god, there were children in the building!). As it was a Christmas benefit for Z-100's charites, none of the bands were paid.
We had to hit the road directly after the show to drive Danny back to Chicago, and ourselves back to San Francisco. But we can say we did it, even if it was just that once.
Type of recording
1994-12-05 Madison Square Garden 3 Camera Mix
Madison Square Garden 2 Cam Mix
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