Posted in music | venues on April 23, 2010

by BBG

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From the 924 Gilman blog

On July 1, 2010 our rent will increase by nearly $3000.00 a month, jeopardizing the future of 924 Gilman.

A little background...

The letter from famous all-ages, non-profit Berkeley, CA club, continues below...


The club's rent has been increasing every year for the last twenty three years, and up until now we've been able to make the adjustments needed to compensate for those increases, but what we are facing now is the equivalent of having twenty years of rent increases condensed into one, and once it goes into effect the clock will begin to tick away as we struggle to generate the extra $31,000.00 a year needed to cover this massive rent hike.

We need your support!

Hmm, sounds familiar. For more information on 924 Gilman and how you can help, head to their site. The punk institution helped launch some of the most influential bands on the past 25 years and is currently hosting some of the same bands that frequent NYC haunts like ABC No Rio and killer festivals like Chaos In Tejas.

Alternative Tentacles released a documentary on 924 Gilman in 2008. Pick up a copy via the label.

Trailer for that and video of some of the great bands that played Gilman over the years, are below...

NEUROSIS "Grey" 6/11/88 @ 924 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA

Operation Ivy 5-17-1987 Gilman St

ASBESTOSDEATH (pre-SLEEP) @ 924 Gilman 1990

Spazz at Gilman 12/1/2000

RORSCHACH 7/16/93 @ 924 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA

Green Day at 924 Gilman

924 Gilman St. Documentary Trailer



Comments (27)

uh, ask Green Day.. Maybe they have a few thousand laying around.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 1:14 PM

Op Ivy Reunion tour = $$$$!!!!!

Cone on guys, DO IT!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 1:17 PM

Yeah Green Day should do a couple shows there as a benefit!

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 1:20 PM

seriously, green day got their start there. i'm sure they can easily cover rent for the year.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 1:21 PM day cant play there anymore. they are on a MAJOR label: the paradoxical nature of being a elitist punks

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 1:23 PM


Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 1:24 PM

Green Day played Webster and Bowery..what is the difference?

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 1:31 PM


Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 1:35 PM

I agree, Green Day can, with the writing of one check, and maybe should, solve Gilman Street's problems. However, Gilman St. 'scenesters' totally shunned Green Day after they became 'rock stars' so mayb the GD guys feel like, well, screw you!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 1:38 PM

billie joe still plays there with pinhead gunpowder, so i can't imagine they're on bad terms.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 1:55 PM

wow, i really like Op Ivy in high school but that youtube video really portrays them to be a terrible live band.

I like Gilman, but given its near waterfront location and the spread of more housing in berkely, the rent increases will only increase overtime. might be a good time to find a new location. the collective should have bought the space years ago to save it from such problems. but property ownership is not PC right?

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 2:57 PM

Op Ivy are completely overrated and were never a good band live or otherwise.

Fuck Gilman and their stupid politics. They bend the rules when they feel like it. I saw Rocket from the Crypt play there and they had major label affiliation and even acknowledged Gilman's allowance of them playing there.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 3:11 PM

diy = broke.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 3:24 PM

haha, green day or rancid should totally bail them out. and i agree with the above, fuck their stupid politics. places like burnt ramen and mission recs and the random warehouse shows in oakland will always be more welcoming than some "collective" of snot nosed elitist punks (oversimplifying here but you know what i mean).

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 3:29 PM

Green Day played a secret show there a couple years ago. I think they've opened up a lot lately, not necessarily to major labels, but to their history.

I spent so many wasted teenager nights at that place!

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 3:52 PM

fuck all these comments. just pull a cbgb and turn it into a rad clothing store.

Posted by d | April 23, 2010 3:57 PM

ok, well, clearly i was wrong about Green Day, or else they all kissed and made up. If that's the cse, elitist punk place or not, Gilman is an underground music institution, and look what happens when people don't step in in time (CBGB's!). So Green Day, you're all multi-millionaires, I say pay their rent for the year. Problem solved!

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 4:00 PM

You fools have no idea what you're talking about. Gilman is awesome. They're not elitists & are on perfectly fine terms with Billie Joe. I'm sure they'd take a check from him if he wrote it. The thing I love the most about Gilman is that every time you go you see new, young faces getting in to music for the first time. Yeah, you or I may not remember what that's like anymore but these young kids are psyched. Whatever PC crap Gilman had going in the 90's (when that was the order of the day) doesn't define them in 2010. I rarely go there but I would be really sad to see it go.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 4:09 PM

up the punx, they all live in san jose now

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 4:11 PM

@3:29 Mission Records's been closed for a few years for similar reasons, dude. SF's been a pretty fucking terrible place to try and see all-ages shows since, so gilman should get our help.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 4:11 PM

yes, they have bent the rules before so who gives a shit.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2010 11:03 AM

stamp Gilman as Historical and we're set.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2010 11:30 AM

"it's 1989, stand up and take a look around!"

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2010 2:44 PM

Ahh let it close already..why fight the money machine...make it a tapas bar...most of the bay is anyway

Posted by beatrice | April 30, 2010 12:41 PM

Not just Green Day, there's also AFI, The Donnas, NOFX, Rancid, Offspring, Alkaline Trio, the list goes on of bands that have a good chunk of cash that played there in their early days.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2010 11:28 PM

... what is with green day!? yah boo hoo they were good back then but they suck now so who cares.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2010 7:52 PM

im sad... i live in a stupid middle class joint so i cant do crap. no clubs. no fun. no music. and if gilman street closes... well ill have no hope. it sucks its all just itunes shit. DONT CLOSE!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2010 7:59 PM

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