Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa, CA
August 11, 2011
  • Secret show
  • Billie Joe Armstrong: "SURPRISE GREEN DAY SHOW Thursday August 11th,"
  • Los Angeles Times: "Orange County is getting a huge helping of pop-punk star power in a very tiny place this week, thanks to Green Day. On Wednesday, the chart-topping three piece announced that it would be playing a 'secret' (not anymore) show at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa on Thursday. According to a midday press release, the venue will open at 8 pm, and tickets will be available at the door for $20, cash only. The release states that there will be no presales and a strict no-camera and no-cellphone policy. All proceeds will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a national nonprofit dedicated to controlling and curing the disease and improving the quality of life for those with CF. Green Day performs Thursday at the Tiki Bar, 1700 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa. (949) 270-6262, $20 at the door. 21+"
  • OC Weekly: "I'm not gonna lie: I (shamelessly) tried every route possible to get into last night's ultra intimate, ultra special Green Day show at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa. I emailed friends, friends of friends, that gal who once dated that one guy, this manager, that publicist. It was a dead end all around (and lots of even ____ can't get in!'s). And then my cousin called: She was 1 of 250 lucky fans who'd managed to secure tickets when they went on sale earlier that afternoon at 1pm - and she had an extra ticket. The crowd was an eclectic mix, cute nerds in Weezer shirts; women looking like they were ready to hit Sutra in light-up, blinking jewelry; old school Orange County punkers ... and the omnipresent burly-ass security guard. I chatted briefly with two gals standing behind me: Denise, 46, and Marlene, 41, of San Francisco. They'd heard about the show on, and were of the few lucky enough to buy tickets when they'd gone on sale at 1pm that day, hopped on a plane, and arrived at Tiki Bar by 6pm It was their sixth time seeing the band - they later pointed out to me Billie Joe's cousin standing in the corner. Green Day finally took the stage around 10 p.m. (at least, I think it was 10 pm - no mobile phones allowed!). So Tiki Bar's performance/stage area is smaller than even Chain Reaction. And speaking entirely as that fourth-grader whose first CD ever (remember when they cost $13.99-plus?) was Dookie (first tape: Gin and Juice single) the mere sight of the band alone was already pretty special. Yep: That was Mike Dirnt, Tre Cool and Billie Joe (along with guitarist Jason White) all right - and looking not much older than they did back when I first saw a press shot of them crammed in a car trunk in 1994. Bille Joe gave the audience a wide-armed shrug and paused at the microphone: 'Hold on, let me get my big-ass Post-It's.' He walked over and produced, yes, a big-ass Post-It note, meant to record the night's set list. (It wasn't too maintained.) Green Day opened with a new, never-heard-before track, Nuclear Family. A track with obvious single potential, with the signature pretty punk melodies of just about every Green Day song in existence. (Seriously, it may not be 1994 anymore, the audience may have changed and you may be 45 now, but have you ever heard a Green Day melody you didn't like?) And the second song on the setlist? Nuclear Family. But this time with instruction: Dance. With that, it became clear the night was to test out brand-new material on a live audience--not that it seemed like anyone minded anyway. Billie Joe later declared (most appropriately following a song called Carpe Diem) after an audience member shouted out a request that the night would be 'new shit only.' 'To reminisce,' he said, 'Is to die.' And they stayed true: That entire 90-minute set was full of things never heard before, all meticulously documented by the die-hards on forums and message boards somewhere on the Internet. A few Orange County-specific references were dropped: a certain song written in Newport Beach, TK Burger. Stray Heart had the driving, Motowny bassline of the Jam's Town Called Malice. For the encore, Billie Joe came back alone onstage with his electric guitar and did another new one, Amy (overheard in the audience: 'I wish my name was Amy!'). The band rejoined Billie Joe onstage for an Ozzy cover, Goodbye to Romance, a real arena singalong, complete with lighters in the air. As Billie Joe crooned the last few lines, 'I said goodbye to romance/Goodbye to friends, I tell you/Goodbye to all the past/I guess that we`ll meet/We`ll meet in the end,' it really felt like the end of the night. But when the final schmaltzy notes faded away ... the band surged right into the all too familiar intro of Welcome To Paradise. And if the crowd wasn't already stoked enough - Green Day, Costa Mesa, Tiki Bar, Billie Joe's water on their clothing - the audience was renewed with those eight familiar, tried-and-trues: Burnout, Murder City, J.A.R., Only of You, Hitchin' a Ride, St. Jimmy, Minority."
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1. Nuclear Family
2. Nuclear Family
3. Stay The Night
4. Carpe Diem
5. Oh Love
6. Let Yourself Go
7. Loss Of Control
8. A Little Boy Named Train
9. State Of Shock
10. Troublemaker
11. Sweet 16
12. Wow! That's Loud
13. 8th Avenue Serenade
14. Ashley
15. Gabriella
16. Wild One
17. Fuck Time
18. Fuck Time (Partial)
19. Stray Heart
20. Rusty James
21. Amy
22. Goodbye To Romance (Ozzy Osbourne cover)
23. Welcome To Paradise
24. Burnout
25. Murder City
26. J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)
27. Only Of You
28. Hitchin' A Ride
29. St. Jimmy
30. Minority
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