Green Day Play Surprise Benefit Gig at Old Haunt, 924 Gilman Street
Back in the early 1990s, Green Day were an up-and-coming group who were an integral part of the emerging punk scene in the California Bay Area, the defining venue of which was 924 Gilman Street.
Years later, and two months after a warehouse shared by two local publishing houses – AK Press and 1984 Printing — burned down, Green Day stepped in, performing a surprise concert at their old haunt last night (May 17). Check out some video from the gig below:
Their set included more recent hits like "Holiday" and "American Idiot," but they also went through the archives and busted out pre-major label tracks like "Paper Lanterns" and "Going to Pasalacqua," among others. A fan in attendance tweeted a photo of the tracklist, the last item of which was "(mic drop)..."
AK Press and 1984 Printing have started a GoFundMe campaign in an attempt to help cover the costs of damages, and it's going pretty well: they've raised over $60,000 of their $150,000 goal since March 24. The page states that the city of Oakland has prohibited them from occupying the building, and also includes photos of the charred damages.
Take a look at a couple other videos of Green Day's performance from last night below, and if you're able, support independent music by checking out AK Press and 1984 Printing's crowdfunding campaign.