The kids are all right, Green Day

November 02, 1995|By J.D. Considine | J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC

One of the questions we music critics are most often asked (along with "You mean they actually pay you to do that?") is "Will my kid be safe seeing a Green Day concert?"

It's an understandable concern. Green Day fans, after all, tend to be young and energetic, with a large chunk of the audience still in junior high. Moreover, Green Day shows tend to feature a lot of moshing, which to most moms and dads looks distressingly like a bunch of strangers tossing their kid around like last week's laundry.

So is it safe?

"Of course!" answers the band's drummer, Tre Cool. As he points out, over the phone from a tour stop in Quebec City, Green Day shows are actually quite safe. "You have your share of idiots, definitely, that are going to want to, not hurt people, but be a little bit rougher than they should be," he allows. But "As long as your kid has a good head on his shoulders," everything should be cool, says Cool.

Still, he understands why parents worry. "I'm a parent," he says. "I would worry about my kid going to a concert as well. It's the same. People just don't want to let their kids out of their sight.

"It's kind of a strange thing, a concert," he adds. "A bunch of kids get together, and a lot of people dance around. But I think we've found a better use for these arenas than sports, if you ask me. And if people worry about their kids coming to our shows, then enroll them in football or whatever." He laughs. "Let's not talk about safety."

As Green Day has come to see things, the real worry at rock concerts has less to do with the actively moshing fans than with the sometimes over-officious security guards. So one of the first things the group did while planning its current tour was arrange for sensible security.

"We have a really good security team," he says. "We definitely haven't had any problems with security this whole tour. We make sure the security guards treat the kids with respect. Because you just can't take it personally. Their job is to sit there and get loogied on and, when kids get thrown over, to catch them and land them safely on the ground and send them on their way.

"We have a guy down there in the security pit who's with us," he adds. "Basically, he's not down there to make sure the kids don't do anything stupid; he's down there to make sure the security guards don't do anything stupid.

"When you put on shows, there's lots of stuff you've got to think about."

A new Day

When: Monday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Baltimore Arena

Tickets: $15 general admission

Call: (410) 481-7328 for tickets, (410) 347-2010 for information

Sundial: To hear excerpts from the Green Day new release, "Insomniac," call Sundial at (410) 783-1800 and enter the four-digit code 6240. For other local Sundial numbers, see the Sundial directory on Page 2A.

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