On February 1, 1994, a sound emitted from Northern California’s East Bay that would have a serious impact on the punk-rock of the next decade-plus. Dookie wasn’t Green Day‘s first album — it was the band‘s third — but it set in motion a momentous rise for the three-piece that has put them on track to becoming the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers (and Bay Area legends) they are today.
That album, which was the logical progression of their earlier, punk-fueled angstfests with a more mainstream sensibility led by buoyant, defiant and oh-so-1990s singles “Longview,” “Basket Case” and “Welcome to Paradise” (which was an updated version of an older tune) celebrates its 25th anniversary today. Yes, it’s been 25 years since the record, which helped catapult punk music to the masses in the ’90s, dropped via Reprise Records.
To mark the occasion, guitarist/vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tre Cool are taking part in a memorabilia sale that will be facilitated by Reverb.com next week, with an on-sale date set for February 7.
The band’s official Reverb shop will feature items and instruments of historic value from each of the band members — including an amplifier from Green Day’s infamous 1994 Woodstock set that still has some dried mud residue. Also available will be “nearly 50” guitars that belonged to Armstrong, as well as five drum sets and 12 snares that Cool used at one time or another.
Rock Cellar paid a visit to the Reverb.com booth at the NAMM Show this past weekend and check out a couple of the marquee items, which were on display:
Some of the exclusive @GreenDay memorabilia that @reverbdotcom has for a special sale, set to go live on February 7. Including an amp from Woodstock 1994 that still has some mud on it! @NAMMShow #GreenDay #NAMMShow pic.twitter.com/ISK5eeaoKq
— Rock Cellar Magazine (@RockCellarMag) January 25, 2019
And some more details about Green Day’s Reverb shop:
“Every guitar has its own character. Each one reflects who you are—the kind of songwriter you are, the kind of guitar player that you are. Used guitars, in particular, come with a history to them. I love the character you can see looking at a fretboard that’s been used,” said Armstrong, who sold several guitars, amps, and more on Reverb just over a year ago. “After 30 years of collecting odds and ends and really good stuff…I have to sell some of it off.”
Some more information:
The Official Green Day Reverb Shop will feature just under 50 guitars from Armstrong’s personal collection—nearly half of which are rare vintage guitars from the 1960s and earlier—including:
- A rare 1958 Gibson Les Paul Gold Top Guitar that was one of Armstrong’s favorite guitars to play in the studio and around the house. The guitar was also used at a number of Longshot and Coverups shows.
- The 2011 TV Yellow Gibson Les Paul Junior Guitar that Armstrong smashed during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. The guitar has been put back together and is now playable.
- A 1950s Gibson ES-125 TCD Electric Guitar used live on tour in support of 21st Century Breakdown, Uno… Dos… Tré!, and Revolution Radio.
- A 1950s Gibson ES-140T Electric Guitar that Armstrong used on the tour bus throughout the Green Day tour supporting American Idiot.
- A 1972 Fender Telecaster Deluxe Electric Guitar that Armstrong used live on the 21st Century Breakdown World Tour.
- A 1970s Gibson L6-S Electric Guitar that was hand-painted by Armstrong and used live on tour.
- A Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior signed by Armstrong and a Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Special Electric Guitar that took Armstrong nearly two years of prototyping to create with Gibson.
Among the items Drummer Tre Cool is selling is a Gretsch USA Custom Champagne Sparkle Drum Kit that was used live and in the studio for Uno… Dos… Tré! The kit can be seen in the liner notes for the album as well as several music videos during that time. “I”m probably just going to buy all this stuff back at like 3 in the morning because I’m going to have a hard time parting with it,” Cool said while talking about the kit.
From Cool’s collection, The Official Green Day Reverb Shop will also feature:
- An OCDP Silver Sparkle Drum Kit that he set on fire during the Pop Disaster Tour in 2002—exactly as it came off stage with ash and soot.
- An Ayotte Green Stain Maple Drum Kit that was used live throughout the Insomniac tour in 1995. The kit can be seen in several promo materials and events for the album, including the band’s performance on the Late Show with David Letterman.
- A Noble & Cooley Snare Drum that was often used live with the Ayotte kit mentioned above. Of the rare, limited edition snare, Cool jokes “The ingredients to make this snare drum are a secret. They’re hidden in a locked door at the Zildjian company.”
- A brand new Slingerland Spitfire Tre Cool Signature Drum Kit from the late 1990s/early 2000s. During that time period, Cool kept several of these kits on hand, but this kits “is probably the only one left in existence,” Cool said. “I burned all the rest of them in case you were wondering.”
- A Leedy White Marine Pearl Drum Kit and Snare Drum that was used heavily on the 21st Century Breakdown The kit—which is one of only four made—shows signs of discoloration, likely due to repeated exposure to pyrotechnics.
“If you hoard the right shit long enough, they call you a collector. So I’m selling off just a wee bit of the collection. I’m not doing it any justice sitting around when someone could be using this stuff. I haven’t really sold anything ever—this is the first time. My psychiatrist said I have to do this,” Cool joked. “In all seriousness, I hope whoever buys this stuff gets some enjoyment out of it…rocking it on their stage or putting it in their studio. I really hope they just don’t sit around and get dusty. Except for the burned stuff. Don’t even try and fix that—its not going to work. It’s just burned.”