As a musician I often find it inspiring to hear the origin stories of famous artists and bands. As a member of bands in high school and college, the idea of playing sold out stadiums and arenas seem like a fantasy. Thus, I was overjoyed this week when Reddit dug up some old footage of Green Day performing a full set at Pinole Valley High School in 1990. (PVHS is the Alma Mater of Mike Dirnt, bassist of Green Day.)
This lo-fi, handheld VHS recording shows the band performing songs off their debut album 39/Smooth and one song off of Kerplunk in front of a small crowd at PVHS. Of course in the middle of the set their bass drum pedal breaks, so Billy Joe goes solo for a bit, playing some incomplete versions of songs, along with an unreleased track. It’s pretty awesome.
So check out the video below, along with the set list and time code for each song.
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00:00 Going To Pasalacqua
03:31 At The Library
06:33 409 In Your Coffee Maker
14:29 The Judge’s Daughter
17:30 Road To Acceptance
21:28 Knowledge [Operation Ivy]
24:22 Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?
27:37 1000 Hours
30:36 Don’t Leave Me [Incomplete] – In between the point of the broken bass pedal
[31:46] Billie Joe plays a few solo songs. None complete though. They include a very short version of the intro to World Vs. World [Unreleased Song] and again a very short version of The Judge’s Daughter.- 34:25 Rest
35:31 Paper Lanterns
38:52 Disappearing Boy
40:42 I Don’t Know [Ozzy, within Disappearing Boy]
41:07 Disappearing Boy [Back into it, from I Don’t Know]
42:19 At The Library [Again]
45:06 I Was There
48:48 Dry Ice
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