Fluke, a punk zine that has been continually published for the last twenty years, has just put out its 20th anniversary issue. One of the features of this issue is a ten-page interview with Green Day’s Jason White, who was one of Fluke Zine’s original founders.
Jason is an unassuming guy. He’s kind of bashful about being interviewed by an old friend, for a zine he himself worked on in its early days. But that’s what makes this interview great. It’s conducted between friends, by an interviewer who knows Jason’s earliest history with punk rock (the two met when Jason was 14), and who is also aware — how could he not be? — about Jason’s current world traveling, among superstars of rock and roll. We get Jason’s stories about playing at the Grammys, and meeting the Rolling Stones and Tom Waits, but also his account of his first band, which he played in in the seventh grade, and of the shows he saw as a kid in Little Rock, including Green Day. “That was a great show and obviously it made some kind of impression on me.” He tells about meeting Aaron Cometbus in Memphis in 1991, when Jason’s band was supposed to open for Green Day, but Green Day didn’t show up until after the show was over. Aaron was traveling with Green Day, and Jason was thrilled because he was such a big fan of Aaron’s band, Crimpshrine. Jason and Aaron later became roommates, and that was how Jason came to play in Pinhead Gunpowder. At the time, Billie only remembered him as “That guy we met in Memphis who played us that cover of [Crimpshrine’s] ‘Easy Answers’” He said, “He can sing, let’s get him to try out.”
There’s lots more: how Jeff Matika came to join the band, what it’s like to play with Green Day in front of tens of thousands, what backstage is like at a Green Day concert — “not a bunch of fucking around and getting drunk or bullshitting with people; we have a job to do and we’re there to do it.” Plus Jason’s early experiences and the bands he was in before joining Green Day as tour guitarist. All in an easygoing, flowing style. It’s the next best thing to sitting down and chatting with Jason yourself.
You can order a copy of Fluke #9 by sending $4 cash to Fluke Fanzine, PO Box 24957, Tempe, AZ 85285. You’ll be glad you did. More info: Fluke Fanzine.
June 21, 2011 at 3:47 am [ Category: Interviews, History ]