Green Day Donated $2,000 to Repair Damage From Denny’s Punk Show

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 12: Billie Joe Armstrong, Jakob Armstrong, Joey Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool of Green Day performs onstage during The Game Awards 2019 at Microsoft Theater on December 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)

Earlier this month, an incredibly cool high school senior from Costa Mesa, California, decided to book a punk show in the back of a Denny’s. The band, WACKO, and a pretty sizable group of their fans reportedly started a mosh pit and and trashed the place; they were eventually kicked out, but not before leaving almost $2,000 worth of damage at the restaurant in their wake.

“There was damage done to one of the Denny’s tables,” police spokesman Lt. Anthony Bertagna told McClatchy News, according to the Sacramento Bee.

In a recent interview with Billboard, the 17-year-old booker, Bryson Del Valle, said that although the Denny’s manager “was super nice the whole time,” he was still asked for $1,800 “through cashiers check or money order” to cover the damage. Del Valle told Billboard, “I don’t even know what a money order is.”

He started a GoFundMe to help raise the money, which, thanks to the story going semi-viral, has already reached $2,776. WACKO also started a GoFundMe, which has generated $1,917 so far.

Green Day helped Dell Valle reach his goal by donating $2,000 to the cause, and also included a message for the young promoter: “Hey Bryson call us! We wanna play the Bastards Club. Love, Green Day.” Reposting a receipt of the payment on their Instagram story, the band wrote, “the kids are alright.”

Green Day also tweeted the screenshot of their Instagram Story with the message, “father of all grilled cheese,” playing off the title of their forthcoming album, Father of All… 

Find footage from Wacko’s Denny’s show below.


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Denny’s said in a statement to Eater that the manager at that location of the restaurant chain was not aware a concert had been booked: “Denny’s is a family friendly restaurant and while we do have banquet space available at some restaurants, we do not allow events that can disrupt the dining experience of our guests. The manager was unaware a concert was planned, and the event organizers have been asked to pay for damages.”


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