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PalaEUR in Rome, Italy
March 21, 1996
Other Acts:
Mr. T Experience
  • Recordings from this show can be found here
  • Frank Portman: "When Green Day hit it big, they, as a generous sort of gesture, elected to take some of their former label-mates along on their massive tours. Our turn came with this truncated European tour, truncated because the original schedule of something like a month and a half was cut short after just over two weeks. (We wound up stranded and broke in Germany, with a suddenly empty schedule, so once we found our way home we filled in the time with a massive tour of the rarely-traversed Canadian hinterland with the Smugglers. Quite a different sort of tour. But that's a story for another time.) So we ended up playing our dumb little sets in these massive venues in Italy, Germany, and various other regions comprising the late Holy Roman Empire. We'd played many, many club shows with Green Day in the past of course, but never before or since did we ever play before crowds of ten to fifteen thousand people. It's certainly a strange, not to say phantasmagorical, experience. Basically, you're doing your plain old punk rock club show on a club-sized area of a massive stage, and when you finish a song instead of scattered clapping and snatches of conversation you hear this deafening roar, louder than your band could ever be. In re, that roar: you probably think you know what I'm talking about, but if you've never been on such a stage in such a situation I assure you you don't. So, in one way it's utterly bizarre and surreal; yet in another, it's just playing your regular set, your dumb little songs, like you've been cut out of Gilman or the Berkeley Square and pasted in, temporarily, to this massive sports arena. I believe we played something on the order of six of these shows in Italy, with the result that my dumb little band remains rather popular in Italy to this day. Many people who became and remain good friends were at that Roma show, and that's probably the most tangible result of the whole thing. I've often wondered what might have happened had the London shows not been cancelled. I'd done a whole mess of advance press interviews and publicity for the UK and the current release (Love Is Dead) was set to be reviewed in several publications... all killed, of course, when the shows were. It might have been a whole different sort of "career path" for this dumb little band. But, then again, it might not have been.)"
Photos from Rome, Italy
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1. Armatage Shanks
2. Brat
3. Welcome To Paradise
4. Geek Stink Breath
5. Chump
6. Longview
7. Stuck With Me
8. Brain Stew
9. Jaded
10. 2,000 Light Years Away
11. Knowledge (Operation Ivy cover)
12. Basket Case
13. She
14. F.O.D.
15. Paper Lanterns
16. All By Myself
17. Dominated Love Slave
18. When I Come Around
19. 86
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