Ongoing History Daily: Green Day’s Woodstock dental mishap

Green Day will never forget their time on stage at Woodstock during the 25th anniversary version of the event in 1994. 

The fans were wild during their afternoon set and at one point in the set, they started throwing hunks of mud and sod at the stage.  Green Day took this all very good-naturedly and starting throwing stuff back.  In fact, it was a pretty goofy scene with the audience and the band soon covered in muck. 

However, between the audience and the band was a line of security guards and they didn’t appreciate being caught in the middle.  Finally, one of them cracked.  He leaped up on stage and tackled Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt.  Mike fell against one of the stage monitors, busting up his arm and losing three teeth. 

Mike needed emergency surgery to fix things up. Green Day had to cancel one of their Lollapalooza gigs so Mike could have time to heal.

Yesterday’s post dealt with MTV’s upcoming 40th anniversary.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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