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Vort'n Vis in Ieper, Belgium
December 08, 1991
Other Acts:
Doctor And The Crippens
  • Jan Claus: "Green Day was not so well-known at that time. They slept upstairs of the Vort'n Vis on a mattress. If I remember well they played for 8.000 Belgian Franks (200 Euros)."
  • Philippe Klur: "I was there, interviewed Billie Joe and Tre for my zine. They were really nice, we talked for 30 minutes on the first floor. And their concert was excellent! They played for 45 minutes, good level of energy, they seemed to enjoy themselves. I went to a lot of gigs at the Vort'n Vis at that time and I definitely respect them more than many of 'DIY' hardcore punk bands playing drunk, being very sloppy and touring Europe solely for sightseeing and free beer."
  • 90's Vort'n Vis: "Green Day then reminded me of Hüsker Dü. Doctor And The Crippens were some sort of a punk cabaret, complete with fireworks and exploding cabbage! The guy who did the fire-spitting almost set the ceiling on fire and the fuel dripped on our heads. When I was in San Francisco in 1989, I met a lot of people (at Mordam Records, Blacklist Mail Order, etc.) and also visited the Maximum Rock 'n' Roll house. At that time Lawrence Livermore's label, Lookout!, was up and coming. Of course I bought a relatively big amount of vinyl. Some was by this young, fresh-sounding band Green Day. I liked their uptempo melodic punk-rock style. When Christy Colcord (Lookout! Europe) - who, back then, was living in London - contacted me (I think we'd met when she was touring with Inside Out earlier that year) to help find some gigs, I didn't hesitate. Little did I know that they will become famous. Mike Dirnt, Tré Cool and Billie Joe Armstrong acted really 'cool'. They weren't very friendly, mildly put. Were they having a 'green day'? Or were they expecting a fancier venuer? Never saw any photos of that gig. The only trace of their passage seems to be the entry in the Vort'n Vis guestbook."
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