The Green Day Bookmobile and Boulevard for Broken Dreams Car Parked on the Rock Hall Plaza
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Green Day's Restored Bookmobile Makes a Stop on Our Plaza

"Kids, if you're gonna go on tour, don't build your own tour bus." - Tre Cool, Green Day

When punk rock trio Green Day were working on their major label debut album Dookie, drummer Tre Cool’s father customized a retired bookmobile to serve as the band’s first tour bus.

Cool recalls,  “We toured in it for the first year. It was a really bad idea, by the way. Kids, if you're gonna go on tour, don't build your own tour bus. It was super bouncy. But it was awesome. We rolled up to Lollapalooza next to 20 tour buses with a f*cking bookmobile.”

Once the band retired the bus from use, it sat for two decades without a purpose. Instead of sending it to the scrapyard, the band donated the Bookmobile to the nonprofit Car Donation Foundation d/b/a Wheels For Wishes, benefiting children with critical illnesses. It was donated without any expectations that it would be anything more than a routine (and rusty) gift.

However, when Wheels For Wishes realized what they had received, they enlisted West Coast Customs automotive restyling group to revive the Bookmobile's charm and restore it for Green Day's fans. The two teams rallied around this important piece of rock & roll history and prevented it from a future as scrap metal, lost to the fans forever.

West Coast Customs and Wheels For Wishes debuted the newly restored Bookmobile on our main plaza. No longer the same rusted and bouncy Bookmobile of the past, the band members were excited to check out the hard work that brought their trusted ride back to life. 

Keep an eye out in the coming months for the Bookmobile to be auctioned off to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For more details visit:

After a year of hard work and tremendous dedication, we're thrilled that our Green Day Bookmobile project has come to fruition. Instead of ending up in a scrapyard, this vehicle will now be donated at auction. We would like to thank everyone involved for helping us succeed in this mission!

Loren Dorshow, Executive Director of Car Donation Foundation d/b/a Wheels for Wishes
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