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Bottom Of The Hill in San Francisco, CA
April 17, 1998
  • Secret show
  • Incomplete setlist
  • Recordings from this show can be found here
  • pocket: "I also caught Green Day at Bottom Of The Hill back in like '98 for the live at the 10 Spot show for MTV. One of the best shows I went to, after the taping they ended up playing an extra two hours."
  • Gavin: "From what I can recall, All By Myself, Crazy Train, 2,000 Light Years Away, man. Was a while back. I wish they kept rolling. The last song on my VHS is One Of My Lies. And yes, I believe your setlist sounds correct, Dominated Love Slave too. And Chris from Pansy Division played bass for some songs too."
  • Steve Baltin: "On Friday (April 17), the band - singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool - taped a performance for MTV's Live from the 10 Spot at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco for contest winners, when Dirnt hit his nose with his bass during She, bloodying up his face and causing him to leave the stage. Armstrong then pulled Gavin Freitas from the band Debris onstage to play guitar while he played bass on Basket Case. Dirnt returned to the stage for two more songs - nose fully bleeding.
    After the taping, the band played for an hour and 45 minutes for the 200 or so winners. The encore set included Cheap Trick's Surrender, the Ramones' Blitzkrieg Bop, Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode, the Who's My Generation (with their producer Rob Cavallo on guitar), and Pansy Division's James Bondage with Pansy's bassist/ singer Chris Freeman. Freeman also joined the band onstage for the Ramones and Berry covers. MTV VP Lewis Largent joined the band onstage for My Generation."
  • Jay Glaze: "One day I was online and I saw that they were having a contest at greenday.com and they were giving away free tickets to Idiot Club members and all you had to do was talk about how much Green Day means to you. I wrote to them and Lisa (the president of Idiot Club) e-mailed me back and said that me and a friend could go to the show. I starting bouncing off my walls with joy. All I had to do was convince my parents to let me go. That took awhile. I thought to myself if they didn't let me go I'll just pull a Laurie L. Just kidding! I picked my friend Josh to go to the show with me, because he's always got cash and we caught a train in downtown San Diego and took a bus from Los Angeles to the San Francisco. We arrived in the city near Pier 39. I had the address, but with no directions on how to get from Pier 39 to Lisa. We had a bum walk us to Warner Bros. for a cigarette. That's where we met Lisa, she was cool. She was wearing black circle shades. She told us to come back at 5 and meet up with everyone else and then take the Nimrod bus to the club. She also said that she couldn't tell where the club was. At that time, it was a real mystery. Me and Josh went to McDonald's, played video games and then came back and jumped onto the bus. That's where we met all the Green Day Idiot Club members. It was cool, though. We listened to Green Day in the bus with all the fans on the way to the Bottom of the Hill. When we pulled into a street on the side of the club a girl ran by the side of the bus and ripped the Nimrod banner off. It was a friend of Gavin, the guy who later during the show plays "Disappearing Boy and Basket Case with Billie Joe. We got off the bus and headed to the club which had a huge MTV bus and a lot of security guards in front. They made me take off my studded belt and wallet chain. Bottom Of The Hill was perfect for a Green Day show. Looking around in a daze at all the neon banners on the side. It was a great place. So we made it to the left side of the stage only one person was in front of us. I had the camera on the side right in my face. The MTV DJ Toby came out and was doing takes for commercial stops. Green Day came running out like ragging lunatics. Billie had a Bud and his guitar in his hand and they went into Going to Pasalacqua. They played a set for MTV and during "She", Mike hit himself in the nose with his bass, I didn't see what happened, but I heard that. I was running around in the pit. After the MTV taped their set, Green Day played songs for all the fans that showed up and I thought that was coolest thing. What a great band Green Day is! They played B-sides like Desensitized and J.A.R. They played songs they didn't usually play on the Nimrod tour like All The Time, Platypus, Last Ride In, Espionage, and some old songs from Kerplunk and Slappy. One of Billie's brothers came onstage for Jaded. He just stood there and then jumped into the crowd. I heard Aaron Cometbus was the guy who wore the mask in the pit. But, I still don't if it's true. Rob Cavallo and Chris Freeman played bass for awhile. Some MTV guy sang My Generation. Green Day played over 30 songs that night. Tre came on the Nimrod bus and told everyone to have a blast with everything. My friend Josh gave him a ring that said 'PIMP' on it. I wonder if Tre still has the ring."
Photos from San Francisco, CA
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Set 1
1. Going To Pasalacqua
2. Nice Guys Finish Last
3. Hitchin' A Ride
4. Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell cover) / The Grouch
5. Geek Stink Breath
6. Welcome To Paradise
7. Longview
8. Brain Stew
9. She
10. Redundant
11. Disappearing Boy
12. Basket Case
13. Prosthetic Head
14. Iron Man (Black Sabbath cover) / When I Come Around
15. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
16. One Of My Lies
Set 2
17. One For The Razorbacks
18. All By Myself
19. Dominated Love Slave
20. Desensitized
21. 2,000 Light Years Away
22. All The Time
23. Espionage
24. I Wanna Be On TV (Fang cover)
25. Platypus (I Hate You)
26. Last Ride In
27. Jaded
28. J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)
29. Surrender (Cheap Trick cover)
30. Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones cover)
31. Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry cover)
32. My Generation (The Who cover)
33. James Bondage (Pansy Division cover)
34. Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?
35. Don't Wanna Fall In Love
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