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Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA
November 14, 1997
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  • Incomplete setlist
  • Recordings from this show can be found here
  • leetaylortunes27: "I think it was Timmy Chunks playing guitar on Jaded that you’re thinking of."
  • bjguitars: "It was the 1st tour with [Jason White] and I was so jealous that I wasn't the 'new guitar player' with Green Day. I got into a car accident on the way but got to meet [Tre] in the 21 and over balcony where the bar was (I was 21 years and 2 months old). No one recognized him as he drank a bottle of Bud so I very discreetly approached him, shook his hand, and wished him a good show. He thanked me and I left it at that so he could maintain his anonymity. Awesome night as every show is and always will be! Notice the price of the ticket! ($18.50) I think SERVICE CHARGES are that much now!"
  • S.W.: "I just went to their concert at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. All I gotta say is that it was one of the best days of my life. When I got their my friend and I smoked a joint with some guy we didn't know (big mistake). After about ten minutes we found out that it was laced with something. I passed out and woke up in the first aid room. I was feeling better and they made me call my parents since I was underaged. Well, I was sitting in a chair backstage in the hallway waiting to use the phone. Billie walked out of his dressing room and stood there staring at me for about ten minutes. Then, I had to go into the office to use the phone. When I came back out he had already gone back into his dressing room (all of this happened before they came on stage). After the concert I waited outside for the band to come out. The long wait was well worth it! I got Billie Joe and Mike to autograph my ticket stub. Right now that stub is hanging up on my wall next to all my posters of Green Day. When they were leaving I told Mike that his pants were really cool and he smiled and winked at me! They made my day."
  • The Inquirer: "Green Day, three guys from Berkeley, Calif., who have sold more albums than any punk band in history, aren't making millions off their originality. It's their energy, attitude and hooks, plus rock-solid musicianship, that have propelled them to the top of the heap. And in Friday's show at the Electric Factory, they had enough of all four to burn. The trio ignored most songs on its new album, Nimrod (Reprise), that vary from the punk genre. Except for the Stray Cat strut of Hitchin' A Ride and the show's closer, a solo acoustic Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life), from frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, this was a punk concert that could have been ripped right out of the late '70s. As at past shows, the restive bass riffs of Mike Dirnt and hyperspeed drumming of Tre Cool blasted the energy level through the roof, while Armstrong's four-chord rhythm guitar supplied the mighty hooks. Armstrong is a consummate showman, just as skilled at entertaining as Frank Sinatra or Neil Diamond. Though the comparison isn't an obvious one to make, all three know their audience's fantasies and act as a mirror for them. In Armstrong's case, however, the fantasy is of finding a place where misfits are accepted, even celebrated. It makes sense, then, that Armstrong both insulted and praised his audience, 'blessed' them with bottled water like a punk priest, introduced himself with a smirk as Paco Techsquala, and alluded to being a loser in funny, off-the-cuff comments full of expletives. Fans were both guessing what he'd do next, and feeling like his co-conspirators."
Photos from Philadelphia, PA
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1. Nice Guys Finish Last
2. The Grouch
3. She
4. Paper Lanterns
5. Reject
6. Jaded
7. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
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