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California Venue Lift Ban On Green Day For Surprise Concert

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A California venue that previously banned Green Day for signing a major label record deal lifted the ban recently to host them for a surprise concert.

Green Day was once barred from playing renowned punk venue 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, California after signing major label Reprise Records for the release of their album Dookie in 1994.

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 publisher AK Press and Oakland's 1984 Printing, which was recently damaged in a fire.

The all-ages non-profit venue, which played an important role in the careers of Rancid, AFI and Jawbreaker in addition to Green Day, adopts a strict DIY policy.

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