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UCLA, UCHA in Los Angeles, CA
May 30, 1991
Other Acts:
Rhythm Collision
  • Recordings from the show can be found here
  • Wikipedia: "Both Green Day and Margaret Cho performed at UCHA in the early 1990s."
  • Carmen Hillebrew: "When I heard this otherwise "unannounced" show plugged on KXLU, I got my ass down to the Cooperage on campus to experience just what I hoped for: a rare opportunity to see world-class band up close, in a small crowd with no jock slammers fucking things up for everyone else. Openers Rhythm Collision were a young, solid 3-piece from the Bay Area [Rhythm Collision are actually from Agora, CA] who played punk which I'd describe better-than-average. They came across as sincere and easygoing, and with something to say. Their closing number, 'Now', took off in a different tangent than the rest of the set into experimental, almost Minutemen-ish territory. With more songs like this Rhythm Collision could be developing into something really special. Green Day came on next, and will be playing big halls soon (if they're not already). GO SEE THIS BAND. They're punk with hooks galore that sometimes hover near folk, sometimes near pop. I am mind boggled at the level of songwriting and playing considering their age. (They're all teenagers.) The bassist plays a weird, Danelectro-type of thing [Gibson G-3] and was all over the fretboard. The drummer is named Tre, and pounded great arrangements. The guitarist/lead singer Billie Joe is going to prove to be one of the major talents to emerge from 90's underground. He makes some super-charged guitarwork look easy, and is blessed with an amazing set of vocal chords. With his relentless, quick-witted between-song banter and mock-rock moves, he proved to be consummate showman, but why did I leave with the feeling that someday this person will be a (gulp) rockstar."
  • Martin Wong: "In Cometbus #54, he accepts an invitation from Green Day to join the band on the Asian leg of its tour. Stops include Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Japan. As much as he can, he does his trademark wandering through alleys, scoping out used bookstores, and imbibing mass quantities of coffee on a continent that's new to him. But the real story is also about his longtime connections with the band, the different paths they chose – fame and obscurity, major label and DIY – and their lasting, evolving friendship. While I've gathered some knowledge about Asian culture as the editor of Giant Robot, I'm also very aware of the band. Green Day actually stayed at my house after they played a gig at UCLA's Co-op when my friend Craig was booking shows there. The group had one album and a couple of singles out at the time and they only spent one night, but everything Cometbus writes about them rings true in my memories. Tre was the goofiest one, fucking around in his Mack baseball cap and yelling 'Bass!' all the time (Public Enemy was huge). Mike was the sympathetic one who apologized for everyone sleeping in after I got busted for speeding on the way back to Westwood with them to catch the Mr. T Experience's lunchtime show and pick up their check the next day. Billie Joe was mostly quiet but left his phone number and said to call if I ever made it up to the East Bay. All three had stinky feet, and I baked cookies after they left so my roommates wouldn't have to smell the aftermath. I never dialed BJ's number, but I did keep seeing Green Day a lot back then."
Photos from Los Angeles, CA
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1. Don't Leave Me
2. At The Library
3. Paper Lanterns
4. Christie Road
5. Disappearing Boy
6. Going To Pasalacqua
7. Rest
8. The Judge's Daughter
9. 16
10. Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?
11. Knowledge (Operation Ivy cover)
12. Road To Acceptance
13. 409 In Your Coffeemaker
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