It’s never too late for a band to return to its roots. Though they’ve been seeing major mainstream success for the better part of 20 years now, Green Day may still have that punk streak that serious scenesters have suggested has been overshadowed by their “pop” prefix. After their major label signing in the early ‘90s got them banned from Berkley, California’s 924 Gilman venue, the band recently returned to the stage where they got their start for a secret show.
The 924 Gillman venue is a volunteer-run punk-rock space known for banning bands who do anything that could be deemed un-punk. However, Stereogum reports that the venue made an exception for Green Day’s secret show last night as it was a benefit for anarchist publication AK Press, which recently suffered a warehouse fire. As an added bonus for the fans in attendance, Tim Armstrong of Rancid and Operation Ivy joined the band for their cover of Operation Ivy’s “Knowledge.”
You can watch a video of the band’s performance of “Basket Case” below.