The Cricketer in Wigan, England
May 05, 1993
Other Acts:
Raging Kipper, Wat Tyler, others
  • Recordings from this show can be found here
  • Mel Wallhead: "Wat Tyler played when Green Day played The Cricketer club. Just before they signed to Warner."
  • "It felt like we had suddenly tapped into something that was really happening. Back then, it was all on a really tiny level, with people coming round saying, 'Right then, can anyone help out with a spare room for the bands?'"
  • "The band were the dog's bollocks. They were like, 'This is it, here we go, if you don't like it, tough shit!' And then they fucked off - but not before Billie Joe gobbed into the air and caught it again with his mouth! Punk, or what?!"
  • "Green Day were tight as fuck. They just plugged in, piled through it and did the business. I remember Billie Joe made this kid in the audience swallow a 50p coin! The promoter was a local guy who ran a toy shop! He just did it because he was a fan!"
  • Kerrang!: "Early on in 1993, Green Day pulled into the industrial wasteland of Wigan for a date at the town's popular (and picturesque) venue The Cricketer! It was the second time the soon-to-be US sensations had hauled into Wigan, where they went down a storm!"
  • "One member of 300-plus crowd was music nut Paul Dolman, from neighbouring St. Helens! 'There seemed to be this really in-the-know underground scene,' Paul recalls. 'And me and a few mates thought we'd give it a go. I mean, it wasn't like there was a lot else going on for £2 on a rainy Wednesday night in Wigan!'"
Photos from Wigan, England
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