Gilman Boots: Green Day Live At Gilman, June 27, 1992
The set list is actually heavier on songs from 39 Smooth than one would expect. "At the Library" and "Road to Acceptance" particularly shine. The set standout though is a shambling version of "Welcome to Paradise" with great backup vocals and tight drumming. "80" and "Paper Lanterns" also blaze. During "80," Armstrong sings, as he did in many of these early shows, "If Adrienne can hear me, slap some sense in me." This shout out to his future wife is just one of the places that old school fans can feel the sense of history, while the newer set can appreciate the fun the band had back then. Long before the serious days of rock opera and trying to maintain a sense of youth as their rock peers get increasingly younger, they would stretch out with a fun set of fun, though hardly disposable, songs.
The best moments in the set are arguably when the band is having fun with the crowd. Their intelligence and sense of humor shine through. Yes, they were sometimes juvenile, but they had some of the greatest pop hooks and song-writing chops around. 924 Gilman Street was a great place to hone these skills amongst an appreciative crowd; the band was able to become legendary even before the majors came around.
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