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  1. Per Billie: "We just watched a documentary on American Idiot that we're gonna put out" Do you think there's anything more to the story to be said or shown that HLAHG and BIAB didn't cover?
    21 points
  2. Omg, I can’t believe this but I’m going! This is possibly the most rash thing I have ever done in my life but got a cheap flight, cheap room to stay…feels unreal. May not sleep til Wednesday.
    18 points
  3. These reminded me of the Grammys 2009. God, I can't believe it's been 15 fuckin years since that.. I remember it like it was yesterday, all the excitement of them finally announcing 21st Century Breakdown. For comparison: 2009 2024
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  4. Personally, I like the song because of the juxtaposition of the music and the lyrics. Musically it's very calming and gentle. It rocks back and forth like a lullaby. But then you look at the lyrics and see something darker going on. To me it seems like someone trying to escape all the freaking craziness surrounding them, but they can't ("I'm not crazy/you're the one who's crazy/everybody's crazy"). Considering all the songs that come before it, it feels like Billie letting out an exhausting sigh, almost a sigh of defeat because you're tired and fed up with the surrounding chaos. It's a moment where you don't know what to do and feel like it may consume you.
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  5. Since the old thread has been archived and the Green Day pilgrimage is still a dream for a lot of fans, I think we need a new thread! You've seen the photos, you've heard the songs, maybe you've watched Turn It Around – now you want to go to the Bay Area and see it all for yourself. And you should. Green Day's roots are everywhere. It's a must for anyone wanting to immerse themselves in the band's history. I'm going to list all the landmarks and my photos of them so there's an easy-to-find list, but please share your own photos and stories here too. If you've got any questions about the places or the logistics of visiting them, I can probably help. If you're struggling to find affordable flights, I might be able to help with that too. At some point I'll write up some example itineraries, but for now, this is a decent guide for anyone who has just one day in the area. Also including some FAQs below. So let's go! Berkeley 924 Gilman Street Address: 924 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA Public transport: There are loads of bus stops near the venue. The closest BART station is North Berkeley (1.3 miles on foot). Details: Green Day's career truly began in this Berkeley club. 924 Gilman Street is still open with many new East Bay punk bands starting their careers under its graffitied rafters. Its original 'no racism, no sexism, no homophobia, no violence' sign now includes 'no transphobia.' The doorway is covered in the names and messages of mostly Green Day fans. Inside, you'll also find original 'Sweet Children' graffiti. "Armstrong and Dirnt began living for their weekends at the Gilman Street Project. Run out of the back of a caning-and-wicker-shop, the club would go unnoticed by anyone passing by. For those familiar with the side entrance, however, the shop opens into a world that Armstrong refers to as "salvation": dilapidated wood floorboards; graffiti splashed across every inch of wall space; band after band with the look and sound of early British punk like the Sex Pistols and the Buzzcocks." — Rolling Stone, 1995 Fantasy Studios Address: 2600 Tenth St, Berkeley, CA 94710, United States Public transport: There are bus stops on the nearby San Pablo Ave. The closest BART station is North Berkeley, 0.9 miles away. Details: Dookie and Billie Joe's first record, Look For Love, were recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. It closed in 2019. "[Fantasy Studios] definitely had that Seventies coke-y vibe, mahogany and strange dead wood around the place. We would go into the vaults and see all of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s master tapes. But I felt we belonged there. Our first album cost $700 to make. Kerplunk! was like $1200. “Let’s record these as fast as we can – because we don’t have a choice.” This time, I learned how to dial in good sounds, get the best guitar tones. I was able to take a little time doing vocals. I loved that experience." — Billie Joe Armstrong, 2014 The corner of Stuart and the Avenue Address: 2400 Stuart St, Berkeley, CA 94705, United States Public transport: The 6 bus stops right here (the stop is called Telegraph Av & Stuart St). The closest BART station is Ashby (0.9 miles away). Details: "The corner of Stuart and the Avenue" is where Telegraph Avenue meets Stuart Street in Berkeley. The song is about Billie Joe's breakup with his ex Amanda, the girl who lived upstairs at the Ashby House, which a five minute walk from this corner. The Ashby/Longview house Details: The Longview video was filmed in the basement here, where Billie Joe and Tré lived with another band called the East Bay Weed Company. Amanda - the subject of many Green Day songs including She, Sassafras Roots, Stuart and the Ave. and Whatsername - lived upstairs. "The record company guys would come to see us rehearse in the basement and their wives would go shopping on Telegraph Avenue. And when we went on tour we would come back to discover these crusty punks had squatted our place, and every single thing we owned was gone." — Tré Cool, American Idiots and the New Punk Explosion, p.82 "[Basket Case] still reminds me so much of the Ashby house. That's the house we lived in, in Berkeley and our first video, Longview, was filmed there. We'd be cranking that song out in there, all of us playing in this one tiny room and our neighbours getting pissed because we'd play it five times in a row." — Billie Joe Armstrong, 2005 Berkeley Marina Public transport: The Berkeley train station is close by. You can also get here by bus. The closest BART station is North Berkeley, 2.1 miles away. Details: Berkeley Marina, with views of San Francisco and Golden Gate Bridge, gets a mention in The Ballad of Wilhelm Fink: "Said that I'd meet you at the Berkeley Marina / 3AM when no one will be found." Berkeley Repertory Theatre‎ Address: 2025 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States Details: The American Idiot musical was developed and opened at the Berkeley Rep's Roda Theatre. The premiere was on September 4, 2009. One of the theatre's promotional banners still boasts a photo of John Gallagher Jr., who played Johnny. Nearby is a sidewalk plaque celebrating Operation Ivy's Knowledge. "It doesn’t make a lot of sense, but that’s what I love about it. When people see it, it’s going to be my wildest dream." — Billie Joe Armstrong, 2009 West Oakland 7th Street Warehouse Address: 1640 7th St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA Public transport: Lots of bus stops and the warehouse is just five minutes from the West Oakland BART station, which is also a Green Day reference (we'll get to that in a minute). Details: Billie Joe had just moved into this warehouse squat when he wrote Welcome to Paradise. Its bathroom was infested with rats, so he used a cat litter instead. It's also referred to in the Sweet 16 line 'throwing down a bottle of Olde English back in the warehouse' and inspired the 'wicked warehouse in Oakland' Brandon moves into in Spike by The Network. One of My Lies was written here. "I had moved out of my house in the suburbs to West Oakland, into a warehouse that was rat-infested and in a really fucked-up neighborhood, with a lot of crazy punks and friends. I was paying $50 a month for rent, which was great, because, being in a band, you got paid a couple hundred bucks here and there – so it was easy to pay for rent, eat Top Ramen, and buy weed. It was an eye-opening experience. Suddenly, I was on my own, smack out in one of the gnarliest neighborhoods in Oakland. You look around and you see cracked streets and broken homes and ghetto neighborhoods, and you’re in the middle of it." — Billie Joe Armstrong, Rolling Stone, 2019 West Oakland BART Station Address: 1451 7th St, Oakland, CA 94607, United States Public transport: Obviously it's a BART station, but there are bus stops in the area too. Details: "'A gunshot rings out at the station/Another urchin snaps and left dead on his own' - I was describing exactly what my surroundings were. There’s not a part of that song that isn’t true." — Billie Joe Armstrong, Rolling Stone, 2019 This is that station. The 7th Street warehouse was right by the BART tracks. Adeline Street Address: Adeline Street, California, USA. It won't be hard to find a road sign like this since there'll be one at every crossroads. Public transport: This is a huge street so there are plenty of bus stops and multiple BART stations. Details: One of Oakland's major roads, this was also the name of a clothing line and record label owned by Billie Joe and Jason White. It released albums by Pinhead Gunpowder, The Frustrators, The Network, Jesse Malin, AFI, The Influents, Emily's Army, special edition Green Day vinyls and many more. Billie Joe has the Adeline skull tattooed on one of his hands. The record label outlived the clothing line, but closed in 2017. We also now have the song Goodnight Adeline, which most likely refers to this street (even if it isn't literal), so it's even more exciting to fans now. Temescal Oakland Guitars Address: 423 40th St, Oakland, CA 94609, United States Public transport: There are two bus stops served by the 40 bus near the shop. The closest BART station is MacArthur, just 0.3 miles away. There are also more bus stops at the BART station. Recommendations: Combine this with 1-2-3-4 GO! Records. It's right across the street. Also, Homeroom Mac 'n' Cheese is the best. Details: Formerly known as Broken Guitars. This 40th Street guitar store, across the road from 1-2-3-4 GO! Records, was originally co-owned by Billie Joe. Walls are decorated with Green Day and other East Bay Punk flyers. When it was still owned by Billie Joe and the band's tour manager, there was an original Christie Road sign, but I'm not sure if it's still there. 1-2-3-4 GO! Records Address: 420 40th St #5, Oakland, CA 94609, United States Public transport: There are two bus stops served by the 40 bus near the shop. The closest BART station is MacArthur, just 0.3 miles away. There are also more bus stops at the BART station. Recommendations: Combine this with Oakland Guitars. It's right across the street. Also, Homeroom Mac 'n' Cheese is the best. Details: Green Day have supported this 40th Street store since it opened in 2008. Billie Joe built the stage with his son, which hosted an ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! surprise show billed as a "Bay Area Fan Appreciation Event." They've played more secret shows there since. Eagle-eyed fans might recognise the bathroom graffiti from Billie Joe's selfie announcing The Longshot's first show at this store. The pop-up shop celebrating Green Day's show at the Oakland Coliseum was also located here. Jingletown and Hayward Alameda County Sheriff's Office Address: 2425 E 12th St, Oakland, CA 94601, United States Public transport: A few bus stops nearby. The closest BART station is Fruitvale (0.8 miles). Details: The 'facility on East 12th Street' where 'Jesus is filling out paperwork now' in Homecoming is this now-closed police station. Billie Joe had to fill out paperwork here after his 2002 DUI. "There's a police station on 12th Street in Oakland. After I got charged with a DUI, I had to do a whole bunch of paperwork there to satisfy my community service requirement." — Billie Joe Armstrong, 2005 Studio 880 (Jingletown Studios) Address: 829 27th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601, USA Public transport: There are bus stops on 29th Ave. and East 12th Street. The closest BART station is Fruitvale, 0.9 miles away. Details: This is where Green Day recorded Warning, the Foxboro Hot Tubs’ Stop Drop and Roll!!!, the ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! trilogy and parts of American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown. It got the nickname "Jingletown" when the Foxboro Hot Tubs used it to cover up their identity. “In the old days, the zoot-suit guys used to jingle their change, and this was their spot. It’s been held down by Latino families for 50 years. And then there’s us.” — Billie Joe Armstrong, 2004 27th Avenue Address: 829 27th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601, USA (you could go anywhere on the street, of course, but the Studio 880 address seems the most logical) Details: 27th Ave. Shuffle by the Foxboro Hot Tubs is named after this street, probably because it was recorded at Studio 880 which is on 27th Avenue. You might also want to check out the 27th Ave. in San Francisco because of the line "Golden Gate is falling from behind." Jingletown La Barca Market Address: 2701 E 9th St, Oakland, CA 94601, United States Public transport: There are bus stops on 29th Ave. and East 12th Street. The closest BART station is Fruitvale, 0.8 miles away. Details: Although the "suburbia" that inspired American Idiot was Rodeo and surrounding areas, Jingletown - a real neighbourhood in Oakland - gave the album's fictional small town its name. La Barca Market, a store near Studio 880, appears for a few seconds in the ¡Cuatro! scene That Just Happened and is notable for having one of the only signs that actually says "Jingletown." It's not really worth visiting on its own, but if you're visiting Studio 880, you'll pass the shop. Art of Ears Studio (now Create Studios) Address: 2196 American Ave, Hayward, CA 94545, United States Public transport: The 86 bus gets closest to the studio. The Hayward BART station is a 3.3 mile walk away. Details: 1000 Hours, Slappy and 39/Smooth were recorded at a now-closed branch of Art of Ears in San Francisco. Kerplunk was recorded here at Art of Ears in Hayward. All were produced by Andy 'Andro' Ernst. When I visited in 2019, Andro was working on his own music before selling the studio and moving to Las Vegas. "$700 is not a lot of money to be making an album with. But that's what we thought was cool as well. We proved that you didn't need to have a huge budget, that you didn't need to waste a lot of time. I think if we had any more money to spend then we were so young and naive that [39/Smooth] might have come out crap." — Billie Joe Armstrong, 2001 Emeryville Rudy's Can't Fail Café Address: 4081 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608, United States Public transport: Loads of bus stops nearby, including the free Emery-Go-Round ones. The closest BART station is MacArthur, which is 1.1 miles away on foot. Details: Named after Rudie Can't Fail by The Clash, Rudy's was co-owned by Mike Dirnt. It opened in Emeryville in 2002, with an Oakland location following in 2011. Sadly, the Oakland cafe closed in 2018, but Rudy's is still open and popular in Emeryville with options for all tastes. It's open every day until 1am and serves Punk Bunny Coffee (formerly known as Oakland Coffee). Downtown Oakland Fox Theater Address: 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612, United States Public transport: There are bus stops around and the theatre is a few minutes from the 19th Street BART station. Details: Before the release of 21st Century Breakdown, Green Day played the full album at four exclusive small shows in the Bay Area. The Fox Theatre performance on April 14, 2009 was recorded and released on DVD. The theatre also hosted the Dookie celebration and 924 Gilman Street benefit gig, where mayor Libby Schaaf declared February 19 Official Green Day Day in Oakland. The closed Rudy's Can't Fail Café was also here. The Uptown Address: 1928 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612, United States Public transport: There are bus stops around and the club is a few minutes from the 19th Street BART station. Details: This isn't a must-see, but I'm including it for other 21st Century Breakdown enthusiasts and just because it's very close to the Fox Theatre. It's the last place where Green Day played 21st Century Breakdown in full. The club is permanently closed so it will probably be unrecognisable sooner or later. The Ruby Room Address: 132 14th St, Oakland, CA 94612, United States Public transport: There are several bus stops nearby. The closest BART station is Lake Merritt (0.7 miles away). Details: Ruby Room by the Foxboro Hot Tubs is about this dive bar near Lake Merritt. Lake Merritt Details: Oakland's iconic lake gets a mention in the Foxboro Hot Tubs song Mother Mary, along with the Gardens at Lake Merritt: "Or we can take a walk around the lake / There's a garden in the park there / Under the stars next to the fireside / Anywhere is better than here." Even without the reference, you can't go to Oakland without seeing Lake Merritt! The Golden Bull Address: 412 14th St, Oakland, CA 94612, United States Public transport: There are several bus stops around and the 12th St / Oakland BART station is only a minute away. Details: Billie Joe once co-owned the bar and several small shows have been played here, including The Longshot's 2020 New Year's Eve party. Oakland Amtrak Station Address: 245 2nd St, Oakland, CA 94607, United States Public transport: You can take the 12 bus here. The closest BART station is Lake Merritt, 0.5 miles away. It is also (obviously) a train station if you happen to be arriving by Amtrak. Details: Since it's within walking distance of Lake Merritt and "the garden in the park there," this is probably where The Rev and Mother Mary "fall asleep at the station." It could also be the Lake Merritt BART station. Pinole Pinole is on the WestCAT C3 and J bus routes. Fiat Music Address: 2722 Pinole Valley Rd, Pinole, CA 94564, United States Details: At Fiat Music, five year-old Billie Joe was taught to play piano and sing by Marie Louise Fiatarone and her husband. Look For Love was composed in the back studio, where walls are decorated with Green Day fanart. The guestbook is full of photos of Green Day fans, too. "Billie Joe’s mother brought him in because she was signing him up for piano lessons. Jim took one look at him and said, 'He looks like he really belongs in show business. Why don’t you take him in the studio and see if he can sing?" —Marie Louise Fiatarone, 2006 The 7-Eleven Address: 2869 Pinole Valley Rd, Pinole, CA 94564, United States Details: The "7-Eleven where I was taught" in Jesus of Suburbia, where Billie Joe worked for a while. ‘It's that lost feeling. Hanging out at the 7-Eleven. Disenfranchised. Alienated. You just get that feeling of “I've got to get out of here. There's more to life than this town.”’ — Billie Joe Armstrong, 2006 Pinole Valley High School Address: 2900 Pinole Valley Rd, Pinole, CA 94564, United States Details: Billie Joe and Mike Dirnt's second high school after moving from John Swett. Green Day also played an iconic show on the grounds here. Its sign celebrated Green Day as "Spartan Alumni" when they were inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 - despite Billie Joe's story of handing an EP to a teacher for it to be returned with red marks all over it. The school's current layout is not the original one. The Red Onion Address: 2870 Pinole Valley Rd, Pinole, CA 94564, United States Details: Billie Joe worked at this diner opposite the 7-Eleven in Pinole. Also right by the diner are Pinole Library, Pinole Valley High School, Fiat Music and the mall where Jesus of Suburbia 'read the graffiti in the bathroom stall, like the holy scriptures of the shopping mall' (although like the school, the current layout is not the original one). It's another snapshot of the sleepy small town life that influenced the song. Rodeo To get to this area from Oakland by public transport, you'll need to transfer in Hercules and take a WestCAT bus. The town Public transport: The bus you'll be getting is the WestCAT 11 (the same one that Billie Joe and Mike used to take to school in Crockett). Details: The town where Billie Joe and eventually Mike grew up. It inspired Longview and Jesus of Suburbia. You can also take a selfie with the same sign as Billie if you feel so inclined (I did). “[Longview] was just living in the suburbs in a sort of shit town where you can’t even pull in a good radio station. I was living in Rodeo, California, about 20 minutes outside of Oakland. There was nothing to do there, and it was a really boring place.” — Billie Joe Armstrong, Guitar Legends, 2005 "I grew up in a town called Rodeo. It’s right off the 80. It’s off the 80 at Willow. And it was the inspiration for this next song. This is Jesus of Suburbia." — Billie Joe Armstrong on stage at The Warfield, San Francisco, 2005 Phillips 66 San Francisco Refinery Address: 1290 San Pablo Ave, Rodeo, CA 94572, United States Public transport: There's a bus stop right by the refinery, served by the WestCAT 11 bus. Recommendations: You can see the refinery from Lone Tree Point if you don't want to get close up. Details: The towers of Rodeo's oil refinery appear on the cover of Dookie. It also inspired the 21st Century Breakdown lyric "my town is blind from refinery sun," in reference to the polluted air Billie Joe grew up with. "We came from such a highly polluted area in Rodeo, California. It’s a refinery town and we ended up getting sent home from school because kids were having headaches and nobody could understand why, when of course, 200 yards away from the elementary school I went to was the biggest refinery in America." — Billie Joe Armstrong, 2005 Foxboro Address: 966 Willow Ave, Hercules, CA 94547, USA Public transport: The Willow and Viewpointe bus stop (served by the WestCAT J) is very close to the Foxboro sign. Details: Just five minutes down the I-80 from Rodeo, this housing development (and its hot tubs) gave the Foxboro Hot Tubs their name. Hot tubs are still dotted around the town. "The Foxboro Hot Tubs were a place we used to sneak booze and chicks into late at night. But most of the time it was just 'dude soup.'" — Billie Joe Armstrong, 2008 Christie Road (Not technically Rodeo, but it's close) Address: I'm going to give you the address of Franklin Canyon Golf Course (CA-4, Hercules, CA 94547, United States) because satnavs don't seem to like Christie Road. The golf course's parking lot is right by the road. Public transport: This is difficult without a car. You can take an Uber from Oakland for around $60+ return, or if you're visiting Rodeo, you might be able to get a return trip for around $40. However, phone service isn't great at Christie Road so you might want to arrange for a taxi to wait for you. Details: The deserted road off Highway 4 that inspired fan favourite Christie Road from Kerplunk, also one of Mike's favourite songs. Billie Joe and Mike hung out with friends, or alone there and smoked weed. Close to the highway, it's still noisy and exposed, but only a few minutes down the road there's undisturbed silence. Despite the nearby refinery, the air is clear. Occasionally a train rolls by. It's easy to see why it was such a beloved refuge for the band. For many fans, it's not only a favourite song, but a favourite landmark. Christie Road returns in Outlaws, described as a nostalgic ode to lost youth and sequel to the 1992 track. "I found a knife by the railroad track / You took a train and you can’t go back / Forever now you'll roam." Crockett On public transport, everything in Crockett can be reached on foot after taking the WestCAT 11 bus. It's a small town. Carquinez Middle School Address: 1099 Pomona St, Crockett, CA 94525, United States Details: The school where Billie Joe and Mike met. "Our school district went bankrupt, so they closed down the junior high and combined two elementary schools. We used to have to take the bus out there. First day of elementary school, I think in fifth grade, I was like the class clown - but Mike was like the class clown, so it was kind of like these dueling banjos that were going to go back and forth. What you get is Deliverance. Mike is my musical soulmate." — Billie Joe Armstrong in his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame acceptance speech, 2015 John Swett High School Address: 1098 Pomona St, Crockett, CA 94525, United States Details: Billie Joe and Mike Dirnt's first high school. "I had this kid in class who became a rock star. I remember Billie Joe well. He used to sit in my math class on the third floor of the ancient, run down brick building in the back of the room right next to the window. He had a perfect view of Tight Wad Hill. I don't remember if he was a good student... if he did his homework or got good grades. But I do remember him as a good person, he got along with just about everyone – except, perhaps, the vice principal – and he was pretty cool, mature for his age." — John Goar, teacher, 1997 Tight Wad Hill Details: Tight Wad Hill was where cheapskates and addicts watched football games for free. There's a famous Tight Wad Hill in Berkeley, but it's a lesser-known hill by John Swett High School that inspired the Green Day song. Since the school's football field has moved since the song was written, today's Tight Wad Hill probably doesn't look like the Tight Wad Hill of 1995, and there's no precise address. "This is where all the losers, the cheapskates, would come up and watch the football games without paying for them. It's actually the best view in the whole place. A lot of tweakers come and hang out up here, the crank victims and stuff." — Billie Joe Armstrong, 1995 C&H Sugar Factory Address: 830 Loring Ave, Crockett, CA 94525, United States Details: This factory gives Crockett the nickname "Sugartown," which inspired the line "Sugar City urchin wasting time" in Tight Wad Hill. It also appears in the Nightlife lyrics "sugar-coated halls" and "this dirty city is my Sugartown," most likely since Lady Cobra worked at Sugar City Tattoo in Crockett. Toot's Tavern Address: 627 2nd Ave, Crockett, CA 94525, United States Details: This isn't super special – it's just where the Foxboro Hot Tubs played their second show – but if you're in the area, you might pass it, so it's worth knowing that if you do. Benicia, Vallejo and Concord To get to these areas from Oakland on public transport, you'll need to transfer to a SolTrans bus. Rod's Hickory Pit Address: Convenience Center, 199 Lincoln Rd W, Vallejo, CA 94590, United States Details: On October 17, 1987, when Billie Joe and Mike were 15 - Sweet Children played their first ever show at a Vallejo diner, Rod's Hickory Pit. Billie Joe's mom Ollie was a waitress there and arranged the show. Its 30 attendees were impressed enough to invite them back. Sadly, the diner has now been demolished and replaced with a Starbucks. Passalacqua Funeral Chapel Address: 901 W 2nd St, Benicia, CA 94510, United States Details: This chapel in Benicia gave the 39/Smooth song Going to Pasalacqua its name. The song title misspelled it. Green Day supposedly drove by the chapel while Billie Joe was writing the lyrics, hence the name. He also said "this song is about revenge" before playing it in 2010, so he may have picked up on a funeral chapel for that reason. Camel Barns Address: 2060 Camel Rd, Benicia, CA 94510, United States Details: Both Sweet Children and Green Day played the Camel Barns in Benicia. Bands they shared bills with include Monsula, Separate Ways, Bumblescrump and Blatz. Concord Details: This city northeast of Oakland gets a mention in The Network's Spike. Obviously, The Network have nothing to do with Green Day, but you know what they're like. The mind control is impossible to escape. I can't stop typing. HELP! San Francisco Chinatown Address: 133 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108, United States Public transport: There are bus and cable car stops all over Chinatown. The closest BART station is Embarcadero. Details: The Warning cover shoot by Marina Chavez took place in San Francisco's Chinatown. Green Day are walking past this bakery on the cover. You may also recognise the surrounding alleyways from the same shoot. Powell Street BART Station Address: Market St &, Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, United States Public transport: There are loads of bus stops here and of course, it's a BART station. Details: Green Day walk through this station in the When I Come Around video. Billie Joe pulls one of these phones off the wall during the line "so go do what you like." Hyde Street Studios Address: 245 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94102, United States Public transport: There are bus stops on Eddy Street and Turk Street. The closest BART station is Grove Street & Hyde Street, just 0.3 miles away. Details: Insomniac was recorded at Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco. The band fuelled up with caffeine between takes. Tré repeatedly ripped the calluses off his hands to perfect Panic Song. "The fact that that album came out, like, a year and a half after Dookie was us trying to cut off the bullshit in its tracks and just keep making music. That’s all we wanted to do, keep making music. Sometimes I feel that Insomniac is the most honest record I ever made at the particular moment that it was written and recorded." — Billie Joe Armstrong, Kerrang The Haight Details: This popular San Francisco street is referred to in Misery, when the character "Mr. Whirly" - a Replacements reference - ends up homeless and begging there: "Mr. Whirly had a catastrophic incident / He fell into the city by the bay / He liquidated his estate / Now he sleeps upon the Haight / Panhandling misery." The Bay (80) Bridge Details: Billie Joe’s nickname for his wife, 80 (and in turn the song title 80) came from this, since Interstate 80 runs over it. He’s also talked about how the band and his father, a truck driver, knew they were home after long journeys when they saw it. Highway 1 Details: The Foxboro Hot Tubs song Highway 1 is named after California's longest state route. Misión San Francisco de Asís Address: 3321 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94114, United States Public transport: There are bus and cable car stops nearby. Details: The When I Come Around music video begins and ends with a night shot of this San Francisco church. Other Agnews Developmental Center Address: 4000 Lafayette St, Santa Clara, CA 95054, United States Details: The Basket Case video was filmed here, but it has since been demolished. Atomic Garden Address: 5453 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618, United States Details: Adrienne's shop. The Ivy Room Address: 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706, United States Details: Where The Coverups played their first show. If I think of anything else I'll add it. I may well have forgotten something because it's 1 AM and I'm tired and stressed. FAQs Do I need a car? Unless you want to see absolutely everything within a week or less, not at all! Everything is accessible by public transport, except Christie Road which can be reached by Uber. Buses are clean, safe and most drivers are friendly. Day passes on AC Transit, the bus company serving Oakland, are $5.50 or $5 with a Clipper Card. On WestCAT, which will take you to Pinole, Rodeo and Crockett, day passes are $5. The final bus company you’ll need to consider is SolTrans, to get to Vallejo, Benicia and Concord. Their day passes are $4.50 - $5.50. Bus drivers do not carry change. ^ An AC Transit bus How long should I stay? You don’t need to stay a long time to have an amazing trip. The main landmarks can be seen in three days, even on public transport. So first of all, decide how much of it you want to see. You'll also need to consider: Whether you’ll ever make another trip Car or public transport Non-Green Day things you want to see If you're driving, 10 days would give you time to relax, but you could cram everything in within a week. On public transport, you need at least 10 days to see absolutely everything, but consider how much time you're willing to spend on buses. I'm used to it because I live in a remote village and learned to drive later in life, but if that's not you, cramming it all in to 10 days could feel very intense. 14-20 days is ideal. Depending on your schedule it may be better to make two separate trips or to skip some of the more obscure landmarks. Is Oakland safe? I’ve been asked this, even by crusty punks, more than any other question. The answer is that yes, it's true that Oakland is statistically one of the most dangerous cities in the US. Opinions vary on quite how high it ranks. On Safewise, it's #10, whilst on EscapeHere it's #16, but then on NeighbourhoodScout it comes in at #30, behind more popular cities like Memphis, Anchorage and Albuquerque. Personally, I take the same precautions as I do at home in England, and I've never felt unsafe in all the time I've spent in Oakland. For a resident’s point of view, here’s what my ex who’s lived in the East Bay all their life has to say: ‘Don’t do drugs, don’t get too drunk, take extra care in West Oakland and head back before dark. Lock your car. Don’t flash money around and don’t wear obnoxious jewelry. Be mindful that many people in Oakland are poor and can’t afford mental healthcare. Not everyone who seems like a weirdo means harm. If someone’s bothering you, don’t engage. Just keep walking. If it's on public transport, tell the driver. Buy a cat keyring or walk with your keys between your fingers if you're worried. The East Bay might be dangerous, but it’s also filled with wonderful people who’ll help and look out for you.’ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ So I think that's everything. This was one of the best things I've done and I'll always encourage others to make the trip if they can. If you want to read my story, there's a part 1 and a part 2.
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  6. We lost our old account when all those fan pages were taken down, but we're back! We'll be posting a photo with a quote each day as well as news when it comes. Even I can't possibly forget to post, because I've scheduled as many photos as it will let me https://www.instagram.com/gdauthority If you want to search for specific pictures, check out the Tumblr.
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  7. I really think they had momentum with this album release and should have kept up the promotion, really saturating the media with their faces and performances on late night TV and popular YouTube shows that millions watch, promoting both Saviors and the anniversary tour. One week wasn't enough.
    15 points
  8. Throw me a Saviors doc while you’re at it, guys!
    15 points
  9. Brand new interview with BJA and Rob Cavallo on the Song Exploder podcast, when they talk about the writing and recording of Basket Case. https://songexploder.net/green-day Some pretty rare listens to snippets of the individual stems of the song and some insights I certainly haven't heard before.
    15 points
  10. I would love to see a documentary about 21CB 🥺 The recording must have been really intense.
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  11. Hi everyone! Man it's been a looong while since my last post. I hadn't been listening to Green Day too much for the past, what? 10 years? But these past couple of days I was feeling frustrated with my life and listening to love pop songs just wouldn't cut it. I wanted to RIOT! So I instantly remembered Green Day and felt like listening to some Insomniac and Dookie to let it all out. After a while I really wanted to listen to the newer stuff (post Revolution Radio) to find out if they were still as good as I remembered and BOY was I pleased! I absolutely love this album!! Personal favorites are TADIKM, Bobby Sox, Goodnight Adeline, Corvette Summer, Suzie Chapstick, LIT20s. As a gay fan, I was elated to hear the lyrics to Bobby Sox for the first time . My only gripe with Saviors is that, at certain times, some of the vocal melodies feel a bit forced (i. e. the final inflection on the phrase "Hit me with power chords" on Corvette Summer). It's like I'm singing along and Billie suddently... overcomplicates the melody? Not sure if I'm getting my point accross here. Anyway, I've been listening to Green Day non-stop the whole week and I'm ecstatic to be back. It feels like finding a part of myself that was long lost. It feels like home. P.S. I'm giving myself a break because I don't want to burn myself out with this record. But I hope I can do my little review with my scores for each song in the coming days.
    14 points
  12. Just saw this it went up yesterday I’m surprised no one saw it or posted about it
    14 points
  13. I'm so happy that they're aware of how much everyone loves Saviors.
    13 points
  14. He looks like a dork who knows he scored the hottest prom date. They look great.
    13 points
  15. Number two on the Billboard artist 100! Just behind Taylor Swift! https://www.instagram.com/p/C23IEkNtSFK/?igsh=ZGFtdWtqb3djaHV4
    13 points
  16. new making of video, 0:56 is from one of the teasers "making records!"
    12 points
  17. Listening to an old interview w/Rolling stone from the RedRad era and some interesting takeaways considering where Green Day are now: The interviewer said he loved the Trilogy and told Billie there were lots of great songs on there that maybe weren't appreciated at the time because of all the content, but will eventually find their audience He was right! Now it's no longer a hot take that the Trilogy is actually good, especially in light of FOAM. But it's really nice to see more folks coming around to it, flaws and all. I really liked the Trilogy when it came out, but started to wonder if it was just my bias at play when so many people came out against it. It's just nice to think about how the Trilogy is perceived now versus its release and even during the RevRad era. Billie also gives love to the trilogy saying they were fun records to make and he loves the songs. Soooooo why don't they pull out a few on tour? Just saying... 👀 Billie says "Gosh" a lot in interviews I noticed all his "Goshes" during recent interviews, but he has a big one here when talking about Still Breathing. Just funny to note because most people talk about his "Y'knows" Billie said Still Breathing isn't only about his rehab I think we all know this, but it was interesting to hear him talk about how he wanted to write a song that could apply to anyone struggling. He said he didn't "want to be greedy" with it. I just thought it was an interesting way to frame that. They talk about the origins of Revolution Radio (the song) and how it was inspired by the Ferguson protests and the start of the Black Lives Matter movement It's just wild how relevant this song is and how it's a topic Billie would talk about again on FOAM in Graffitia when the Black Lives Matter movement really exploded. And one that he would talk about AGAIN on Saviors. It's crazy to think about and it's just sad that really nothing has changed. Billie talks about missing touring, the interviewer said it's their longest break between tours, and Billie described it as being unemployed and questioning your purpose Boy, does this sound weird post COVID! If only Billie knew what was coming... It's a nice listen! Nothing we don't know now but it's kind of nice to look back at the RevRad era via this interview and see what's changed and what hasn't. I just really loved the observations about the trilogy because it was spot on! Check it out here if you want to listen:
    12 points
  18. Happy birthday Billie! Go get yourself some cake.
    12 points
  19. I remembered the reason: he was having some fun with some of his friends
    12 points
  20. Alternative Airplay- 14, up from 21 Mainstream Rock Airplay- 22, up from 29 Rock and Alternative Airplay- 11, up from 17 Canada Rock- 22, up from 26
    12 points
  21. This album is so good that it made me want to listen to GD's entire discography in order. Will be doing so over the next few days before listening to it again, so good.
    12 points
  22. “The fans love Saviors and we love our fans” 💚💚💚
    12 points
  23. Dilemma chart positions Canada Rock - 26, up from 35 last week US Alternative airplay - 21, up from 35 last week US Rock airplay - 17, up from 25 last week
    12 points
  24. The American Dream Is Killing Me - 10,899,800 (+86k) Look Ma, No Brains! - 6,899,107 (+75k) Bobby Sox - 3,628,829 (+112k) One Eyed Bastard - 5,871,848 (+121k) Dilemma - 7,633,185 (+115k) 1981 - 1,957,914 (+71k) Goodnight Adeline - 1,794,517 (+58k) Coma City - 1,530,161 (+44k) Corvette Summer - 1,554,916 (+48k) Suzie Chapstick - 1,618,591 (+61k) Strange Days Are Here to Stay - 1,485,836 (+49k) Living in the '20s - 1,455,501 (+57k) Father to a Son - 1,227,080 (+41k) Saviors - 1,207,503 (+38k) Fancy Sauce - 1,166,070 (+37k) TOTAL - 49,930,858 (+1,014,022)
    12 points
  25. Thought I'd leave these "arms" here
    12 points
  26. Yes, I think Fancy Sauce is trying to answer the question Saviors leaves us with and comes to the conclusion that there is no one who can save us. The world is desperately looking and asking for a savior, maybe even a new messiah, but no one answers, no one's there. Jesus quit his job. We're left alone in the chaos of the apocalypse, and the only thing we can do about it now is shrug and smile like the boy on the cover while the world around us is burning. I agree that this is very dark (probably even the darkest GD album) and somewhat unsatisfactory, but itsn't it a feeling we all share in these troubled times? That we're all doomed, that it's too late to change the world for a better? I actually think this is the main motif of the record. It's depressing, yes. But sadly, it's also very true.
    12 points
  27. Spotify update Bobby Sox - 2,808,658 (+195k) 1981 - 1,435,643 (+113k) Goodnight Adeline - 1,344,815 (+99k) Coma City - 1,178,762 (+79k) Corvette Summer - 1,186,150 (+85k) Suzie Chapstick - 1,185,153 (+93k) Strange Days Are Here to Stay - 1,112,111 (+82k) Living in the '20s - 1,072,785 (+83k) Father to a Son - 935,976 (+68k) Saviors - 914,914 (+66k) Fancy Sauce - 879,406 (+70k) At this point, we're starting to see the amount of streams each track is getting per day change. The numbers don't seem to just be based on the track order on the album. For example, Coma City isn't getting as many daily listens as the following 4 tracks now. (Idk why, it's my favourite track). And Fancy Sauce has got more listens today than the previous two tracks
    12 points
  28. I fangirl when they talk about my country (Thanks for screenshotting this and posting it @Rumpelstiltskin2000)
    11 points
  29. According to this the doc is going to be part of the American Idiot reissue that’s coming. Includes the doc and new stuff no one’s heard before Thanks @peachesandzebras for finding this clip
    11 points
  30. I miss his livestreams too. "Where's the button that makes you go away"
    11 points
  31. Thank you @Hermione for reminding me of this gem: "You're a fucking whiner!"
    11 points
  32. I’d prefer this. The AI era feels like it’s been done to death. I hope they at least find a way to make it some kind of untold story.
    11 points
  33. Interviewer- we've been following you for 40 years... Billie- 40?!
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  34. I partially agree. Right now, I think Saviors is definitely the better album, BUT the vibe of the RevRad era is just unmatched. Back then, it was just about the new album. No anniversaries, no tours with three other bands, just Green Day and their new songs. Saviors is such a great album, it’s too good to be used as a vehicle to promote the anniversaries of Dookie and AI. Of course the tour hasn’t started yet but I doubt we’ll get to hear as many new songs as we did during the RevRad tour. But I don’t want to sound grumpy. It’s an awesome album and it’s still great to see the band in action!
    11 points
  35. I don’t think I can remember a happier BJ era. 🥲 He seems like he’s genuinely in a really good place.
    11 points
  36. Who knew the guys were doing this? Wish it was televised but the fan accounts have loads of red carpet photos and videos. Serena Williams introduced them onstage as her favorite band of all time! photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C27TGD8teP-/?igsh=MWRnbGJqZTJuMGptdQ== https://www.instagram.com/p/C27Sr1PtU6t/?igsh=MWtnaHFrcnFmb2J6eg== https://www.instagram.com/p/C27SzhFNELj/?igsh=MWQ2Mm9lczFsN291Zg== Interview: https://www.instagram.com/reel/C27C7a_NIJ5/?igsh=MWxveXVmNmIyNTBidw== Video: https://www.instagram.com/reel/C27R4R4tBuN/?igsh=MTRwdjNyaXRheGY0OQ== https://www.instagram.com/reel/C27HdPIN8qf/?igsh=anhka3hqMTl4dndp https://www.instagram.com/reel/C27PWC6NbpU/?igsh=eWVlbWtwcW9wd2lo From Billie: https://www.instagram.com/p/C262pEYOjSB/?igsh=NW9xeHF0dHpmc3V1
    11 points
  37. Well after having the album on repeat since it's release, it's time for me to leave my impressions... Saviors is a great return to form for the band after my personal least favourite album from them (FOAM). I don't think I like the songs on Saviors enough to say it's a better album musically than Revrad, however the production more than makes up for it by making even the most average songs on this album sound like absolute masterpieces. From beginning to end this album just feels and sounds incredible to listen to. My personal favourite tracks are TADIKM, LMNB, 1981, Goodnight Adeline, Coma City, Strange Days and Fancy Sauce. The album in general while doesn't really do much new or experimental, it definitely takes inspiration from most of the bands prior albums and as a result you get a lot of stuff that feels like a mix of the best parts of several albums, such as Coma City for example, which to me feels like the child of 21CB and Insomniac. I love that the band are utilizing key changes to make songs feel more ambitious, there's a great variety of instruments, including the return of strings and acoustic guitars playing major parts in songs before bringing in the big guitar sound for powerful and satisfying choruses. Also the bass throughout is incredible and definitely worth paying a lot of attention to, especially on a fairly high end sound system with the bass turned up a little bit more than usual. Mike goes full Dookie mode on some of these songs and as a result, these are probably some of the best and most complex bass tracks he's ever done. This is also a huge step up lyrically from anything that came out after 21CB without question. I am not even normally even a lyrics guy (It's all about the music for me), but the difference between this and the last 5 albums in that regard is absolutely huge. There's also thankfully no fade out songs here. Overall, I'd give the album an 8/10. The only reasons I don't rate it higher is because: It's highly repetitious nature (several songs not only use almost identical chord progressions and melodies from older songs, but even as ones on the very same album). This is in stark contrast to AI and Revrad's songs, all of which feel much more original and fresh compared to the band's prior material. My favourite Green Day albums are the ones that take me on a journey and make me never want to skip past any of the tracks or it just feels wrong. My favourite 3 Green Day albums 21CB (10/10), AI (10/10) and Revrad (9/10) All feel like they have a melodic story to tell from beginning to end, whereas Saviors just feels like a disconnected collection of songs, which is fine, but just not my personal favourite way the band has done albums before. No multipart tracks or seamless transitions between songs, which wouldn't be fair for me to expect on every album from the band, but these kinds of songs usually end up being some of my favourites and the albums they are associated are usually moved up closer to the top of my list. Overall, I am really happy with this album and it's great to see our boys doing so well on the charts again. I bet a lot of kids are finally discovering them, once again proving that Green Day is a band that truly transcends generations and are easily deserving of the title of one of the all time greats. PS: I hope Revrad one day gets an anniversary remaster with production as good as this album has, because if it did, I'd happily bump it up to a 10/10 also.
    11 points
  38. This song is beautiful and Billie's singing on it is epic!
    11 points
  39. They seem to be sowing the Grammy seeds here for Saviors next year
    11 points
  40. The American Dream Is Killing Me - 10,542,863 (+96k) Look Ma, No Brains! - 6,584,752 (+86k) Bobby Sox - 3,171,750 (+122k) One Eyed Bastard - 5,387,439 (+128k) Dilemma - 7,160,648 (+125k) 1981 - 1,673,507 (+77k) Goodnight Adeline - 1,550,904 (+68k) Coma City - 1,341,128 (+53k) Corvette Summer - 1,356,449 (+56k) Suzie Chapstick - 1,380,228 (+65k) Strange Days Are Here to Stay - 1,283,273 (+57k) Living in the '20s - 1,242,703 (+57k) Father to a Son - 1,070,508 (+43k) Saviors - 1,048,289 (+44k) Fancy Sauce - 1,015,049 (+45k) TOTAL - 45,809,490 (+1,123,874) An increase compared to yesterday. All tracks are now above the 1 million point though the last 3 tracks are still trailing behind the rest of the tracks
    11 points
  41. OK boomer . There's always been shitty music and good music around. Always been usually pop at the top of the charts going all the way back to the 50s.
    11 points
  42. He’s home for one week and he’s already this bored 😂
    11 points
  43. They may have nothing to prove they put a lot of time, effort and money into making great music you would think they would want to maximize their returns on that and get Saviors the recognition it deserves
    10 points
  44. This is what Billie said about the song in an interview with The Sun (a UK paper) https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/25414209/green-day-billie-joe-armstrong-saviors/
    10 points
  45. I love that line because like with addiction when you fall like a yo-yo you’re up and you’re down over and over again
    10 points
  46. I don’t know where the idea that no one cares about the band anymore comes from. There are tons of other bands that only get a fraction of the attention that Green Day is getting with this new album. The days of Dookie and AI are over, but the new album just charted at no. 1 in the UK. Tons of small artists can only dream of this. They are literally selling out some of the biggest venues in the world. Don’t get me wrong, I’m kind of a nerd myself when it comes to the numbers, but there’s no need to constantly downplay the band’s achievements. And why is everyone so obsessed with rap and pop music? There is a lack of variety when it comes to mainstream music, but that doesn’t mean that certain genres are automatically bad. Don’t forget that there were and still are many people who talk the same way about Green Day. I’m pretty sure that’s not what the spirit of punk rock is all about.
    10 points
  47. Apparently Dilemma is going to be making its debut on the US rock charts https://hitsdailydouble.com//igen&id=339359&title=YOUR-RADIO-CHART-PREVIEWS Also Dilemma is apparently on the Canada Rock chart at #35 https://www.billboard.com/artist/green-day/chart-history/car/ Bobby Sox, One Eyed Bastard & TADIKM are also on the UK Rock/Metal chart at 23, 27 & 37 respectively https://www.officialcharts.com/charts/rock-and-metal-singles-chart/20240126/111/
    10 points
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