DreamForce Party Turns Into Massive Green Day Singalong After Sound Fails
The first rain of the season threatened to unravel SaleForce’s massive DreamForce Gala last night at AT&T Park, killing the sound system for most of Green Day’s headlining set.
But instead of unplugging and waiting through a long delay for a fix, the show turned into an extended singalong as Billie Joe Armstrong led a couple thousands soaking wet fans crammed in front of the outfield stage through the band’s most recognizable songs.
It was about as punk rock as a corporate gig at AT&T Park can get—really not punk at all, but credit is due to Green Day for sticking it out—as Armstrong cracked jokes and teased the audience about their baseball allegiances.
“No one’s allowed to leave,” he told the crowd. “It was a long drive from Oakland. How about that new Bay Bridge?”
An hour or so earlier, Blondie’s Deborah Harry sang it best when her 80s hit “Rapture” transitioned into a Beastie Boys cover: “You gotta fight for your right to party.”
And it was a party on a grand scale. Many of the vendors at AT&T Park dished out free hot dogs, nachos and rice bowls with Bud Light or wine. Upstairs at club level, attendees stayed dry and full with an unending spread of ballpark classics, along with sushi, kabobs, crab sandwiches, cupcakes and more.
The festivities continued late into the night with an after party featuring MC Hammer serving as MC and DJ behind a laptop.
In addition to celebrating the annual DreamForce conference, all proceeds from the concert are donated UCSF’s Benioff Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Oakland.
Scenes from the concert:
[Photos by Matt Crawford]