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Rockin' at Rod's
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Rockin' at Rod's

These days, Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt are more accustomed to playing venues like Madison Square Garden. But back on October 17th, 1987, the pair's first-ever show was a one-night-only affair at Rod's Hickory Pit, a BBQ joint in Vallejo, California. They likely landed the gig because they had a serious in – Armstrong's mom was a waitress at the restaurant. The performance, under the name Sweet Children, apparently went well enough to get the two invited back – reportedly, both later worked at Rod's as busboys.