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Green Day Drummer Tre Cool remembers the performance "that changed Green Day's lives"


Green Day drummer and all round fun-time guy Tre Cool shared his thoughts on one of his band’s defining moments in a recent Podcast with Linkin Park’s Dave Ferrell. The punk icon said Woodstock 94 would be the show “that changed Green Day’s lives”.

While on the Member Guest Podcast with the Linkin Park man, Tre opened up about a turning point in the band’s career. Just months after the release of their seminal album Dookie, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, Green Day were scheduled to play Woodstock 94. What transpired, Tre says, would change the band’s lives.

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“’94 Woodstock was a complete shit show,” the drummer said. “It was a Pepsi-sponsored thing, it was, like, worldwide televised pay-per-view and all that stuff, and every band of significance was there. It was crazy.

“And of course people start going around the fence and sneaking in, and it kind of became mayhem. And then bad weather came and it was raining like crazy and the whole place became a mud pit. It was pretty chaotic, and set up really well for Green Day to take the stage and make all hell break loose.”

Cool then recalled the moment the crowd (and later the band) took part in a gigantic mud fight.. “It got all chaotic, we kept trying to play, but Billie [Joe Armstrong] was getting mud hitting his guitar and Mike [Dirnt] was getting it on his bass and hitting him. Luckily my drum set was just far enough back where I was less in harm’s way… It was punk as fuck, and nobody expected that to happen.”

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Woodstock 94 would be a seminal moment for the band. “It was a crazy set – a set that changed our whole lives, really, after that day, tons of people were showing up at our shows. That was kind of the pivot moment – that was the green jacket moment for this band.”