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KROQ Weenie Roast, Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA
June 20, 1998
Other Acts:
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Billy Idol, Blink-182, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Creed, Deftones, Everclear, Fastball, Harvey Danger, Madness, Marcy Playground, Ozomatli, Save Ferris, Sprung Monkey, The Crystal Method, The Prodigy, The Wallflowers, Third Eye Blind
  • Recordings from this show can be found here
  • "...All of a sudden, Devo's Whip It came on, and the WHOLE ampitheater jumped to their feet as the stage rotated and Green Day appeared. They started off with Nice Guys Finish Last and followed with Hitchin' A Ride. Then they played Geek Stink Breath, Welcome To Paradise, and Longveiw with the devil mask on and the chanting of The Beautiful People. Billie said that he knew all the heavy metal songs because he's the 'king of punk rock and heavy metal.' They played stuff like Eye Of The Tiger and Iron Man and Brain Stew. Knowledge was funny because when Billie got someone on stage to play the guitar. The guy he picked had a VIP pass, so Billie kicked him off the stage and got someone else. Then they played Basket Case and King For A Day. Billie ran around in a leather thong. Then they played When I Come Around. The bass player from Third Eye Blind ran on stage and attacked Mike. Mike kicked him before security took him away. Billie said, 'This is the last Weenie Roast at this place 'cause we are gonna tear it down!' As usual, they burned the drums, knocked over the speakers, spilled beer on everyone and Tre rolled around on the stage. Then him and Mike left as Billie played Good Riddance, but while Billie and Tre were still onstage before Good Riddance, Mike and the bassist of Third Eye Blind got into a fight and some guy smashed a bottle on Mike's head and I heard today that he had a skull fracture and will be pressing charges. It was one of the best damn Green Day shows I'd ever seen despite the fact that poor Mike's head got cut open."
  • Addicted to Noise: "Green Day management and Irvine, CA, police are actively investigating a backstage fight between Green Day's Mike Dirnt and Third Eye Blind's Arion Salazar that left Dirnt with a fractured skull. Dirnt, the 26-year-old bassist from the multi-platinum-selling punk-pop trio, suffered the head injury and was hospitalized after being struck over the head with a beer bottle during LA radio station KROQ's annual Weenie Roast at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on Saturday, according to Green Day publicist Amanda Cagan. While Third Eye Blind's management acknowledges that Salazar was involved in a scuffle with Dirnt, they deny fan reports that he caused the injury. Explaining that the matter is currently being investigated, Cagan said the primary concern at this time is finding the culprit who struck Dirnt, a.k.a. Mike Pritchard. 'All we want to know is who hit Mike,' she said, adding that Green Day recently postponed the opening of their Canadian tour due to what she said were scheduling conflicts. 'There has been no legal action taken at this point. It's still under investigation.' Meanwhile, Irvine Police investigator Lori Teves confirmed that the police have begun looking into the incident after receiving a complaint from the hospital where Dirnt was taken following his injury. 'We haven't identified anyone by name, but the case is still under investigation,' Teves said. The fight between Salazar and Dirnt began after Green Day's set as part of the Weenie Roast, said Russell Bloom of Eric Godtland Management, the company that represents hit-making pop-rockers Third Eye Blind. When Salazar ran onstage and bear-hugged Dirnt, the Green Day bassist was apparently surprised by Salazar. Dirnt allegedly kicked and hit Salazar, leading to an altercation during the show and backstage afterward. Although he acknowledged in a press release Monday that there had been a fight between Dirnt and Salazar, Godtland spokesman Bloom maintained in the same release that an overzealous fan, rather than Salazar, rushed up and struck Dirnt over the head. When contacted on Thursday, Bloom said that there were no developments in the case and would not comment further. Curtis L. Garrett, general manager of Staff Pro, the contracted security company for events at Irvine Meadows, worked Saturday's event. He said he was walking Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong and drummer Tre Cool backstage when he saw a crowd of people running toward the VIP tent adjacent to Green Day's trailer. 'All three bandmembers were yelling at someone else, and I was pushing [Green Day] away,' Garrett said. 'I called for the rest of staff to come backstage to help me out. Dirnt was standing on top of a table ... with blood running down the back of his neck, yelling, 'Some fucker hit me with a bottle.'' The injury appeared to be to the back right of Dirnt's head, Garrett said, adding that he escorted the injured bassist to an emergency medical services tent to receive first aid. Dirnt has been resting at home this week in Berkeley, Calif., with the rest of the band, according to Cagan. In the meantime, the start of the Canadian leg of Green Day's current tour was postponed from Wednesday to this Saturday, due to prior scheduling conflicts, she added. Cagan denied that Dirnt's injury had anything to do with the cancellations, adding that the tour will still begin in St. John's, Newfoundland, at Bow Ring Park. In the statement released Monday by Godtland, Salazar said, 'I am sorry that my attempt at doing something I thought would be funny escalated into Mike getting hurt. That was never my intention. I simply had too much to drink and made a very bad decision. 'If I had been in Mike's place, I'm sure I would have acted similarly,' Salazar added. 'My heart goes out to him, and I hope he recovers quickly. We have many friends in common, and I just hope that he can accept my sincerest apology. I am sorry, Mike.'"
Photos from Irvine, CA
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1. Nice Guys Finish Last
2. Hitchin' A Ride
3. Geek Stink Breath
4. Welcome To Paradise
5. The Beautiful People (Marilyn Manson cover) / Longview
6. Eye Of The Tiger (Survivor cover) / Iron Man (Black Sabbath cover) / Brain Stew
7. Jaded
8. Knowledge (Operation Ivy cover)
9. Basket Case
10. King For A Day
11. When I Come Around
12. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
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