Venue that banned Green Day for signing to a major label welcome band back for secret gig – watch

The band were joined by Rancid's Tim Armstrong at 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley on Sunday (May 17)

Green Day played a secret show at renowned punk venue 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, California on Sunday (May 17).

The all-ages non-profit venue – which played an important role in the pop-punk band’s early formation, as well as the careers of Rancid, AFI and Jawbreaker – adopts a strict DIY policy. Green Day were barred from playing the venue after signing major label Reprise Records for the release of their album ‘Dookie’ in 1994.

Having previously played the venue in 2001, Green Day again defied their ban over the weekend for a secret show. Watch footage of the band performing ‘Basket Case’ at the venue below.

Reports state that Rancid’s Tim Armstrong joined the band for a cover of Operation Ivy’s ‘Knowledge’ during the gig. The show was a benefit for worker-managed independent publishers AK Press and Oakland’s 1984 Printing, which was recently damaged in a fire.

Meanwhile, Green Day have discussed their next record, which will be their 12th studio effort.

Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong recently said, “There’s definitely a great spirit going on. We’ve always been pretty charged up… I [have] already written a few songs and everybody was really excited by them… We want to work on them, and we want to make a great album.”

Green Day last released their trilogy of albums, ‘Uno!’, ‘Dos!’ and ‘Tre!’, in 2011 and 2012. The final part of those was the band’s lowest-charting album in the UK since 1992’s ‘Kerplunk’, reaching Number 31. They also released ‘Demolicious’, an album of alternative takes from the trilogy sessions featuring unreleased song ‘State Of Shock’, for Record Store Day in 2014.