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Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, ON
October 25, 1995
Other Acts:
The Riverdales
  • Recordings from this show can be found here
  • negzero1: "I was at this show and actually have the concert poster advertisement autographed by the band (I met them afterwards). I'm down there in the pit somewhere. Tickets were $20 - I have the poster to prove it."
  • Tojo1978: "I'm sure I will get a lot of crap for this but I am going to be totally honest. This was and is still the shittiest rock concert I have ever gone to. The tickets were expensive for the time ($50-ish) and they only played, and not very well, for 45 minutes. The opening act (The Riverdales) were far more entertaining. Also, the venue was like 60% sold which makes for a crappy experience. Most overrated band of the 90's."
  • Wendy Eckenswiller: "Oh my god, thanks for posting this!! It was my first Green Day show. The tickets were for my 15th birthday... Shit, I'm getting old."
  • Sudsy Sutherland: "I was like 17-18 years old here. We took a limo because we came from St. Marys, Ontario which is only 5,000 people, in-between Stratford and London. But what a blast we had there, man!! I still have my ticket stub from this show."
  • "I went to see Green Day in 1995 when I was all of 18 years old because I thought it would be fun. As I said, for that time 50 bucks was a lot but I gave it a shot. At least I know better now that Green Day is the most over rated band of the 90's. Shit, they had to get a second guitarist because Billie Joe can't pull it off live. I feel bad for you, you're probably too young to know any fucking better."
  • Rolling Stone: "Don't throw your sneakers at the band. Seems like common sense. But there's no persuading the crowd during a Green Day show at Maple Leaf Gardens, in Toronto. Even a string of obscenities from singer Billie Joe Armstrong can't stop the footwear from flying. Then all of a sudden, Armstrong stops thrashing his guitar - smack in the middle of a searing rendition of 2,000 Light Years Away - to beckon one barefoot fan onstage to collect his rightful property. No hard feelings, Green Day's leader appears to tell him. The stage-struck kid scrambles up, takes a nervous bow and bends over to lace his shoes. He ought to be watching his back, though: Armstrong is behind him, wearing a boar's head Halloween mask and brandishing a butcher's knife. The crowd roars, and the kid, unharmed, leaps back into the snarling mosh pit. Minutes later, Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt bounds toward his microphone to add harmonies to a rousing cover of Operation Ivy's Knowledge, only to get smacked in the forehead by a wayward high-top basketball shoe. This time, Armstrong doesn't even notice. He's too busy ripping chords from his blue Stratocaster and contorting his face through a rogues' gallery of grimaces, gauging each one for maximum audience response. Then he turns his back to the arena and drops his pants. That's entertainment, Green Day style. Pretty soon panic-stricken security personnel are chasing down kids who have jumped from their assigned seats to the general-admission floor, dragging them out the exits. Has the evening finally gotten totally out of control? We'll never know. 'Thanks a lot, because we don't take this shit for granted!' Armstrong shouts, and the band walks off. In the dressing room, Armstrong heads straight for a sofa in the corner and clams up. Bored? Perhaps. Exhausted? Most likely."
Photos from Toronto, ON
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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. 2,000 Light Years Away
9. 86
10. Knowledge (Operation Ivy cover)
11. Basket Case
12. She
13. Road To Acceptance
14. Paper Lanterns
15. All By Myself
16. Dominated Love Slave
17. When I Come Around
18. Jaded
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