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21087 Cabot Blvd # 6, Hayward, CA – The first studio Green Day recorded in. Over the years the band recorded the EP’s ‘1,000 Hours’ and ‘Slappy’ as well as their first two studio albums, ’39/smooth’ and ‘Kerplunk’, at Art Of Ears.
Longview (music video)
(Address & Street View Omitted), Berkeley, CA – Not only was the ‘Longview’ music video filmed here, the band actually lived in the basement and shared a practice room with a band called East Bay Weed Company. It was here that Green Day fleshed out what would become their major label debut album, ‘Dookie’.
4081 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA – Mike Dirnt is a part owner of this Emeryville diner which takes its name from the Clash song, ‘Rudie Can’t Fail’.
2722 Pinole Valley Rd, Pinole, CA – Billie took singing and piano lessons here as a child and also recorded the song “Look For Love” which was written by the owners Jim & Mary Fiatarone. It’s Mary you hear on the ‘International Superhits!’ track ‘Maria’ asking Billie how its feels to have made his first record. While Fiat is in the same general location, the plaza was rebuilt years ago so its not the exact same place.
142 Dartford St, Hercules, CA – Green Day got the name for their Foxboro Hot Tubs side project from a housing development they used to frequent while it was being built. As Billie explains; “The Foxboro Hot Tubs were a place we used to sneak booze and chicks into late at night. But most of the time it was just dude soup.”
2869 Pinole Valley Rd, Pinole, CA – With this 7/11 being just a short walk away from both Billie & Mike’s High School as well as Fiate Music where Billie took lessons, its a good bet that this would be the location that inspired the lyrics in Jesus Of Suburbia: “At the center of the earth in the parking lot of the 7-11 where I was taught….the motto was just a lie.”
1908 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA – This is the actual 7/11 (store name changed to “3” in the video) where the Jesus Of Suburbia music video was filmed. If you visit, please remember you are not the Jesus of Suburbia so don’t graffiti their bathroom.
901 W 2nd St, Benicia, CA – Giving a new meaning to the title of this track from the bands studio debut, 39/Smooth, the Pasalaqua in the name is a funeral chapel. Billie himself has confirmed this on twitter; “Pasalacqua= funeral home in Benicia, CA. We used to play at Desba’s house and the Camel Barns. We had great shows there with Monsula.” Of note, the band actually spelled “Passalacqua” incorrectly in the song title.
2800 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA – This corner is well known to fans from its mention on the ‘Insomniac’ track ‘Stuart And The Ave.’ Relevant lyrics: “Standing on the corner of Stuart and the Avenue. Ripping up my transfer and a photograph of you.”
132 14th St, Oakland, CA – The subject of the song ‘Ruby Room’, by the Green Day side project Foxboro Hot Tubs, is a real bar in Oakland, CA. Relevant lyrics: “14th St, booze and swallow. I’m gonna drown my sorrow. Dirty floors and sticky tables. For the willing and the able.”
Augusta Savage Rd, Saugerties, NY – While ‘Dookie’ was already a hit, Green Day’s legendary performance and mud fight at Woodstock propelled them to superstardom. Check out the full concerts page to watch their Woodstock set.
199 Lincoln Rd W, Vallejo, CA – While Rod’s Hickory Pit and the building it was housed in are long gone, this is an important location as it is where the band (then going by Sweet Children) played their first ever show as a band on October 17, 1987. Billie’s mother Ollie was a waitress at the restaurant and persuaded her boss to allow the band to play there.
699 S Centre St, Los Angeles, CA – This is the intersection Billie, Mike and Tre meet up at after causing destruction all over town in the ‘Walking Contradiction’ music video.
828 27th Ave, Oakland, CA – Green Day recorded ‘Warning’, ‘American Idiot’ and parts of ’21st Century Breakdown’ at this Jingletown studio.
1106 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL – On November 18, 1994, Green Day played the Aragon Ballroom with MTV cameras filming the show. It would be aired by the network with the title ‘Jaded In Chicago’ and the concert video has remained a fan favorite to this day. Head over to the full concerts page to watch the broadcasted performance.
3502 Zanker Rd, San Jose, CA – An abandoned mental institution called the Agnews Developmental Center was the filming location for Green Day’s ‘Basket Case’ music video. The video was actually shot in black and white (you can see some of the patients in the video were left uncolored) with the vibrant color added in later to give it a drugged-out vibe.
Marina Blvd, Berkeley, CA – Green Day recorded the track “Ballad Of Wilhelm Fink’ for the 1999 compilation album, ‘Short Music for Short People”, which makes mention of the marina. Relevant lyrics: “Said that I’d meet you at the Berkeley Marina, 3am when no one will be found.”
788 Rolph Ave, Crockett, CA – A Berkeley landmark, known as tightwad hill, overlooks the U of C Football field and many a Green Day fan has made the trek there over the years to see the location that inspired the song. Unfortunately, they went to the wrong place. While students at John Swett High School in Crocket no doubt cribbed the name from the more popular hangout, Billie confirmed in 1995 to Rolling Stone that the real location of the song’s namesake was in fact his old high school. Relevant lyrics: “Cheapskate on the hill, a thrill seeker making deals. Sugar city urchin wasting time. Town of lunatics, begging for another fix. Turning tricks for speedballs one more night.”
1099 Pomona St, Crockett, CA – This is where Billie and Mike met as 10 year old kids. Spending their lunch hours bonding over music, they were soon inseparable.
423 40th St, Oakland, CA – Billie Joe co-owns this guitar shop along with his Pinhead Gunpowder bandmate, Bill Schneider. You may also recognize Schneider as a member of Green Day’s road crew, working as a guitar tech and tour manager over the years.
1015 Christie Rd, Martinez, CA – Among fans, this location is probably neck and neck with 924 Gilman St for must see Green Day landmarks. Released on their 1992 album ‘Kerplunk’, ‘Christie Road’ remains a fan favorite to this day. Relevant lyrics: “Give me something to do to kill some time. Take me to that place that I call home. Take away the strains of being lonely. Take me to the tracks at Christie Road.”
531 Broadway, San Diego, CA – The location shown above is where the Green Day parade float started in the ‘Minority’ music video. If you click into the street view and do a 180 you can see the rest of the two block parade route.
133 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA – Green Day were photographed on the street here just past the red and white awning for the ‘Warning’ album cover.
1640 7th St, Oakland, CA – This is the location Billie lived at that formed the inspiration for ‘Welcome To Paradise’. Relevant lyrics: “Pay attention to the cracked streets and the broken homes. Some call it slums, some call it nice. I want to take you through a wasteland I like to call my home…welcome to paradise.” The actual location was confirmed by a picture in the ‘Ultimate Albums: Dookie’ documentary (side by side comparison) and a tweet from Billie where he mentioned another song that was written here: ‘One Of My Lies’ was written at a warehouse on 7th St in West Oakland. I lived there with 15 roommates. Lucky Dog got me the room. RIP Lucky. Its the same warehouse 80 visited me from minnesota. 1991.”
2425 East 12th Street, Oakland, CA – Referenced on the ‘American Idiot’ track ‘Homecoming’, this has been speculated to be the police station Billie was taken to after his arrest for DUI. Relevant lyrics: “Jesus is filling out paperwork now, at the facility on East 12th St.”
2600 Tenth Street, Berkeley, CA – This is the studio where Green Day recorded their major label debut, ‘Dookie’. Oddly enough, it’s the same studio a 5 year old Billie had visited to record ‘Look For Love’. Besides Green Day, famous artists such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Aerosmith, Santana, Journey and many more recorded albums here. Open since 1971, the studio closed its doors for good on September 15, 2018.
2900 Pinole Valley Rd, Pinole, CA – Billie and Mike both went to different high school’s prior to transferring to Pinole. Billie started out at John Swett HS but he used his older brother Allen’s address to make himself eligible to transfer to Pinole. Mike started out at Salesians HS before making the move to Pinole. Billie ended up dropping out halfway through their senior year but Mike stuck it out and got his diploma. If you check out the full concerts page, you can watch the band perform in the schools quad. Unfortunately, the school the guys attended is no longer there, it was torn down to make way for a modern new school which opened in 2018.
899 Market St, San Francisco, CA – The Powell Bart station is the building the band walks around in during the middle section of the ‘When I Come Around’ music video. The outside scenes in the video that feature the band walking down the street were also shot in the same district.
924 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA – Probably the most well known stop of the tour, 924 Gilman St is the punk rock club the band aspired to play as teens. They’d achieve that dream and go on to play there countless times before being banned when they signed with a major label. The ban (the subject of the ‘Insomniac’ track ’86’) has long since been lifted and they have made sporadic appearances there with Green Day and their sidebands as well as filming the ‘Revolution Radio’ music video there. Billie thinks so highly of the club that he included a mention in his Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 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 goofballs. 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.”