Access To Rock

Access To Rock

Access To Rock

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool performed at the Electric Factory on Nov. 14, 1997. The band released the complete live set to mark the 25th anniversary of "Nimrod."

Green Day’s fifth studio album, Nimrod, turned 25 this year, and with its anniversary, the band released a special edition box set. The Nimrod 25 – 25th Anniversary Edition box set features an entire disc of Green Day Live at the Electric Factory from 1997. The anniversary re-issue also includes previously unreleased demos and a mellow cover of Elvis Costello’s “Alison” recorded during the making of that album. But, we’re here to talk about the Philly representation!

Fun fact:  Green Day intentionally recorded their set as a live album and SAT on it for more than 25 years. The audience that night was told about the recording. The band then riffed on possible album names. F*cked Up In Philadelphia was thrown around as an idea. Live albums are great like that. You can hear the interaction between the group and the crowd. Plus, the roaring of the crowd after each song really makes you feel like you’re there.

  • The entire set list went as follows:

    Going to Pasalacqua

    Welcome to Paradise

    Geek Stink Breath

    Nice Guys Finish Last

    Hitchin’ a Ride

    The Grouch



    2000 Light Years Away

    Brain Stew



    Basket Case



    Paper Lanterns


    Prosthetic Head

    When I Come Around

    Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

  • Live music is a vital part of Philadelphia

    Thank god this live set was released. Live albums are a staple of Philadelphia, an amazing city for music. This Green Day Electric Factory show joins a long list of albums recorded live in this city, for example, Bowie’s David Live at the Tower Theater in 1974. Live music is a staple of our culture. Naturally, it is an honor to have such a big group as Green Day give us yet another shout out with this release.

    That night at the Electric Factory (now Franklin Music Hall) provides us with the perfect dose of nostalgia. The band was arguably at their peak. Coming off the breakthrough success of Dookie, and the continued success that came with Insomniac, Green Day was on fire. Nimrod proved to be a change of sound for the band, who was still mainly performing as a three-piece at the time. The room was electric (no pun intended) and it can clearly be heard in the recording.

  • The band posted the whole live show on their YouTube page

Sign me up for the MMR VIP email newsletter!

Get the good stuff sent straight to your inbox, and be the first to know: concert presales, exclusive contests, and behind the scenes photos and video.

By clicking "Subscribe" I agree to the website's terms of Service and Privacy Policy. I understand I can unsubscribe at any time.