An Idiot Never Forgets #4: Corey Okubo Remembers the ‘Bittersweet’ Rise of Green Day

Like many Green Day fans (ourselves included), Corey Okubo remembers the period surrounding the Slim’s show as a special time, but one that was tinged with a hint of sadness – it was great to see Green Day move on to bigger and better things, but at the same time we knew they would no longer be our little secret for long. In a few weeks, they would belong to the world – and the world would be a better place for it. At the same time, it was like saying goodbye to a good friend who was moving away to attend college, or just for a new opportunity – you hoped you’d see them again, but you didn’t know when, and you knew it would be different when you did.
Corey reached out to us to share his thoughts on the early ‘90s punk scene in the Bay Area, and his history with Green Day. He also shared some great artifacts from the era that, somehow, through the passing years, serve as a time capsule from a very special moment in music history.
Thanks to Corey for holding onto those mementos, and the memories – and for sharing them with us.

Read on for his account – and be sure to share your own memories with us.


I was a fan of Green Day and had seen them five or six times at Berkeley Square. I always enjoyed that sweatbox and gritty venue, and those times for me were the best parts of being young and carefree. Seeing shows almost every night. Skankin' Pickle, Primus, The Mr. T Experience, Overwhelming Colorfast, The Vandals, No Doubt, Tilt, The Dance Hall Crashers and too many more to list.
I remember Green Day's rise as something bittersweet, because you know as a fan you are happy for their success and popularity, but then you know in your heart that things will never be the same again. I was at the Slim's show in February and, if my memory serves me right, it was the show that Billie Joe burned the BAM magazine, and I still think the fan base was in majority "old school.” I managed to get a ticket to the July show because their popularity was about to skyrocket. The ticket I got included a VIP dinner because the General Admission tickets had sold out. I can't really speak to any stand-out memories, but they always put on a performance that makes you forget about any bad times and you feel like you would not wanna trade places with anyone in the world for that night.
We all probably wish we could have the hundreds of photos and videos that we have today, to look back on that night, but maybe that's why it's so special, because nobody was thinking about how they needed to capture the moment. It was a show without distractions, and it was a show can't be re-created. I have seen Green Day only four times since the older days, but they still know how to make you forget about the cares of the world and have the "Time of Your Life.”