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Reading Festival, Richfield Avenue, Little John's Farm in Reading, England
August 25, 1995
Other Acts:
Smashing Pumpkins (headliner), Hole, Teenage Fanclub, Beck, Deus, Juliana Hatfield, China Drum
  • Recordings from this show can be found here
  • Kerrang!: "The Lowdown: With a line-up that included Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam with Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Hole, White Zombie, Ash and Reef, Reading '95 was one of the strongest festival bills ever assembled in UK. All eyes however were on the band booked into the 8:35 PM - 9:30 PM slot on Friday's Main Stage..."
  • Is This Thing On: "As a 15-year-old I think I was the perfect audience for Green Day’s set. Not only was it packed with all the hits from Dookie but sandwiched in between this was loads of jokes, swearing and audience interaction. Being told by Billie Joe Armstrong to, as part of thousands of people watching, yell, 'Fuck off, you Yankee cunts' at the band felt like the coolest thing ever. The energy didn’t let up for the whole time they were onstage and they even treated us to a new song, Geek Stink Breath, which makes me feel really old to say now."
  • BRAVO, 14th Sept. 1995: "The fans were impatiently waiting for a huge Green Day show. Billie Joe (with a three-day beard), Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool stormed onstage at 20:35 and showed the Brits what punk made in USA is: 'Welcome to Paradise' opened their 60-minute set during which they raised a lot of dust. Billie Joe was swearing at the fans and occasionally spitting in the audience. Next to the hits like 'Basket Case' and 'When I Come Around', the punk-trio also played songs off the new album ('Geek Stink Breath'). At the end, Billie Joe returned to the stage once again and yelled: 'Punk is back!'"
  • Lisa Johnson: "Green Day were the hot new band, having exploded the previous summer in the States with "Dookie". Courtney Love has always had fairly good taste in, er, music, and she must have decided that Billie Joe Armstrong would be her new best friend. Hole played right before Green Day, and as Billie Joe walked from the stage, Courtney presented him with a bouquet of pink roses. As you can tell from the expression on his face, Billie Joe was a little confused by the gesture, but accepted them graciously. Hole's tour manager quickly stepped in to 'run interference' so that Billie Joe could make a clean escape."
Photos from Reading, England
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1. Welcome To Paradise
2. Jaded
3. Chump
4. Longview
5. Burnout
6. Geek Stink Breath
7. Armatage Shanks
8. Knowledge (Operation Ivy cover, aborted)
9. 2,000 Light Years Away
10. Basket Case
11. She
12. F.O.D.
13. Knowledge (Operation Ivy cover)
14. Paper Lanterns
15. When I Come Around
16. Road To Acceptance
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