Mecca Arena in Milwaukee, WI
November 21, 1995
Other Acts:
The Riverdales
  • Recordings from this show can be found here
  • Jeremy Prach: "In 1995, the drummer, from Green Day, Tre, called me out of the blue and put me on the guest list to see them play at the Arena. I was backstage and was quickly asked to leave. Billie Joe was rushed out right behind me and stuffed in a car with the infamous Jack Koshick. Before they could close the doors of the car, the police pulled Billie Joe out and escorted him away. Just as the cops were grabbing Billie Joe, I started taking pictures. The police grabbed me, and wanted my camera. However I was wearing oversized gloves. I pulled out of thier grip and ran for it. The police chased me for a surprisingly long time. They threatened to kick my ass when they caught me, which only made me run faster. One police officer dropped his radio, the rest thought it was my camera. They slowed up and I was able to hide on the top floor of a parking lot. After a few hours. I walked into the Journal Sentinel office with my camera and story. I was so angry that the police were going to take my camera and then threatened to kick my ass. That is a story I have not remembered until today. Thanks for listening."
  • "Billie Joe Armstrong pulled a Jim Morrison and exposed himself to 6,000 fans at the Mecca Auditorium, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. That was, of course, Armstrong's clever way of letting Green Day fans who understand Green Day-ese know that the Mecca was a mediocre show. Armstrong told ATN during an interview on Halloween that he only drops trou at so-so shows. Unfortunately, this time mooning the crowd, if you'll excuse the expression, backfired. After Green Day finished their hour long set, police officers took Armstrong to the Milwaukee police station, where he was cited for indecent exposure. After he paid the bail of $141.85, he was released. But why don't we let Lt. Thomas Christopher of the Milwaukee PD explain what happened, as only law enforcement can: 'Mr. Armstrong dropped his pants to his knees and exposed his buttocks to the crowd. After the concert, Mr. Armstrong was taken into custody, given a city citation for indecent exposure. He posted a bail and was released.' Thomas said this was not an actual arrest, and Armstrong is only required to go to court if he intends to contest the charge. Otherwise, he'll commit a 'civil forfeiture' and the city will take a 'default judgment.' Which means if Billie Joe doesn't come back to Milwaukee to fight for his right to drop trou, the city gets to keep the chump change. Officers went out of their way not to disrupt the concert, in order to avoid a potential riot. Instead they waited until the last notes were played and apprehended Armstrong on the way to his limo. 'The problem was he exposed himself to a crowd of about 6,000 people,' said Lt. Christopher. 'Including people as young as ten. That was our main reason for taking the action.'"
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