Fall Out Boy Induct Green Day Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
"One of my all-time favorite punk bands is Green Day," Fall Out Boy vocalist Patrick Stump said, noting he used to sneak out of class to listen to Dookie on cassette. "The thing that struck me right off the bat was how musical it was. The other kids had Guns N Roses and Nirvana, and I fell in love with that later, but in 1994, none of that was me. This was all mine. I followed every interview, I watched every TV performance."
Stump went on to note that "great bands have to feed on the strength of the collective," and complimented the individual strengths of each member. For instance, he compared Mike Dirnt's "aggressively tinny tone and melodic bass lines" to James Jamerson and Jaco Pastorius, an assertion he admitted might "piss ... people off."
However, Stump also noted the band's goofy side as well: "You have a drummer..your drummer’s name is Tre f---ing Cool...That’s so cool!"
Bassist Pete Wentz then took the mic and brought up a Billie Joe Armstrong quote from an old interview, in which the Green Day frontman said, “I don’t want to be making punk rock for the rest of my life." To that, Wentz said: "Sorry man -- you still are," and then ran down a list of the band's subversive gestures: Releasing an acoustic folk album, making a three-part album and creating a political rock opera, among other things.
"Green Day has never gone for the easy route, the obvious route, the safe route," Wentz noted.
To close out the speech, he also highlighted the band's stellar live show. "Fall Out Boy has never had the honor of playing with Green Day and honestly, there’s a part of us that likes it that way. Because Green Day is one of the best bands on planet Earth."
When the members of Green Day took the mics for their own speeches, they were equal parts sentimental, serious and lighthearted.
Armstrong apologized to the band's longtime manager for "hotel rooms and Tre's drum kits catching on fire" and, with a laugh, said, "Thanks for rehab." Drummer Cool thanked the Ford Motor Co. for making "the Ford Econoline van, the best damn van a smelly touring band can have!"
Each man thanked his family for their support and patience as they toured.
In the case of Armstrong, he also was appreciative for the music prevalent in his household. In fact, he grew teary as he thanked his sister Anna in particular for her record collection. Almost bewildered, he looked around the Hall and said, "It's like my record collection is sitting right here in this room," calling out Patti Smith's Horses.
Each man also profusely thanked the people and places who got them there -- especially Larry Livermore, whose Lookout! Records put out the first Green Day albums, and Berkeley's Alternative Music Project club on Gilman Street, which Armstrong called "Romper Room for degenerates."
Cool joked that he "didn't think we'd be here now, in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I thought it would take another year or two." He then grew more contemplative. "But we grow older, and we change and we get weirder and crazier. It's awesome. We grow together -- with every beat of the drum our love of music gets stronger. Being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is an enormous honor."
The members of Green Day also were complimentary toward each other. Armstrong called bassist Dirnt his "musical soulmate. I thank you so much -- for your friendship, your family. I love you" and tagged Cool as "the most dangerous drummer on the planet."
And the band didn't forget to thank their loyal supporters. "To every one of our fans and to the Idiot Nation: This is much more about you guys than it is about me," Dirnt said. "I'm very proud to share this life on Earth with you."
A few beats later, he praised his "two brothers onstage" and said: "I'll see you at band practice!"
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