Green Day answer – show previews tonight and opens tomorrow

So well done to Larry Livermore* for knowing the answer to the connection between Euston Station and Green Day. It was the site of their first ever UK gig which was held in what is now the Britannia pub above an Marks and Spencer Simply Food store on the station concourse. At the time it was called Rails or the Railway Tavern and was part of Travellers Fare (anyone remember that)? Quite a surreal space to go and watch a band (let alone Green Day) and then walk out directly into the station. Green Day did a neat trick which still grosses me out until this day but its probably best left untold. It wasn’t exactly a packed out show as I remember – lets just say if you were there I probably know you!

* Larry Livermore was running Lookout Records at the time – thanks for giving us ‘The Thing That Ate Floyd” Larry!

The Art of Rock previews tonight and opens at Stolen Space tomorrow.

The Britannia pub on Euston station – scene of Green Day’s first UK gig

A stranger place for the gig would be hard to imagine

6 thoughts on “Green Day answer – show previews tonight and opens tomorrow

  • October 23, 2009 at 5:39 am
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    It might have been called Rails rather than the Railway Tavern; that sort of rings a bell, but I couldn't say for sure.
    I was there; do you know me?

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  • November 3, 2009 at 1:13 pm
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    You used to send me records when I was editor of UK Resist – a UK based fanzine that ran for only 7 issues

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  • February 26, 2016 at 6:54 am
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    It was Rails, but it wasn’t in the station but the little corner bar which is by the bus stops…you had to go up some steps.
    I was there along with Spider from The Seers…it was just before Christmas and the next day we travelled to Düsseldorf as we were roadies for Mega City Four. I remember they had copies of Kerplunk with them as it had only just come out but no copies had made it to the UK yet.

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  • February 26, 2016 at 6:57 am
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    Latterly known as The Doric Arch

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  • February 26, 2016 at 7:31 pm
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    Cheers Lloyd, you can definitely access the bar from the main station concourse. I did it to take these photos. I think you’re right too – you can also access it from the street too at the point you mentioned – especially if you’re loading gear (or beer!) in.

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