Green Day Stomping Grounds
Oakland-based Green Day has rocked all over the world and left its stamp on Broadway. As its acclaimed rock opera, American Idiot, rolls back into town, we look at the footprints of one of the biggest bands on Earth.
Pinole Valley High:
Some of the earliest Green Day footage on YouTube is of a 1990 concert at this school.
The Berkeley punk club gave Green Day its break—then banned the band when it signed with a major label.
Children’s Hospital Oakland:
Green Day has long supported this East Bay institution, including donating its entire paycheck from a 2002 Oakland Arena concert.
During its 2005 American Idiot tour, the band sold the most tickets to a single show in the history of the ballpark.
American Idiot: the Musical was born at this theater on September 4, 2009.
Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café:
Bassist Mike Dirnt helped open this retro diner in Emeryville back in 2002. It fared so well, a second location was opened next door to the Fox Oakland Theater last summer.
Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong named this Oakland eco boutique, which is owned by his wife, Adrienne.
A big-budget American Idiot movie musical is being produced by East Bay native Tom Hanks.
This San Francisco theater welcomes American Idiot to its Bay Area homecoming, as the touring Broadway cast takes the stage June 12–July 8. Tickets at shnsf.com.