Warning didn’t exactly set the world on fire, at least commercially: RIAA stats show the record went gold two months later, but still isn’t platinum. Yet going by the explosive “Live Without Warning,” an MTV-aired Green Day concert special to promote the album, the band wasn’t deterred. New songs “Minority” and “Church On Sunday” mesh seamlessly with older hits “Geek Stink Breath” and “Longview,” inspiring delirium within the pogoing and moshing crowd, while a particularly surging version of Dookie’s “Welcome To Paradise” fomented mass chaos and crowdsurfers galore. Other live shows from this era—including the band’s acoustic appearance at the 2000 Bridge School Benefit—show similar verve and energy.


As the ’00s revved up, Green Day would face more turmoil (and more creative fracturing), before amassing a whole new audience and achieving massive global stardom thanks to 2004’s American Idiot. However, Warning ended up as the perfect bridge between bratty ’90s Green Day and mature, political rabble-rousing ’00s Green Day.