Billie Joe Armstrong concluded his Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame acceptance speech by shouting out 924 Gilman Street and several local punk bands.
Green Day's debut album, 1,000 hours, was released in 1989 and it's fair to say no one watching the band play backyards, squats, and tiny DIY venues during that time could have guessed the group of snot-nosed punks would ever be part of the Rock 'n' Roll hall of fame. But that's kinda become Green Day's thing. No one could have guessed they would have a successful Broadway show either — but that happened.
The group has found a level of unlikely mainstream success that most pop-punk bands couldn't (or wouldn't) even dream of — so it was cool (in a “whoa, is this happening?” kind of way) to hear them talk about their roots and mention Operation Ivy and Crimpshrine in a Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame acceptance speech. At the bottom of this post there is a pretty DIY video of the induction ceremony, but here is our favorite Billie Joe Armstrong quote from the speech:
“So, we come from this place called Gilman Street. It's a club. It's in Berkeley. We are so fortunate to be able to play there because it's all-ages and it was non-profit. It was just all of these goof balls. It was like Romper Room for degenerates. It was so great. And what a great scene. We got to watch our friends' bands, and they got to watch us play, and they got to heckle us. We tried to heckle back, but they had one better. So, then I got to see Operation Ivy, and I got to see Crimpshrine, and I got to see Sewer Trout, Nasal Sex. These far out there bands. I'm truly fortunate.”
[jump] Armstrong's appreciation for the club and bands isn't just talk, either. In 2008 he donated a new mixing board and pair of speakers to the all-volunteer run club to help improve its sound. He also invited Rancid's Tim Armstrong on stage recently to play an Operation Ivy (one of the bands he mentioned) song together.
Want to read my about Billie Joe? Check out this article about all his Bay Area activities (he's opening a new guitar store).