Billie Joe Armstrong is a busy guy. In addition to writing/recording a new Green Day record and acting in the broadway version of American Idiot, the Green Day frontman has created a band with the members of his immeadiate family.
The project is called The Boo and features Armstrongs wife Adrienne and sons his Jakob and Joe and have released a limited run seven inch.
Monday, December 19th, 2011
The 25 Best Rock Albums Of The Last Decade @ IGN: Here
Monday, December 12th, 2011
Playbill.com offers an exclusive look at the American Idiot company rehearsing at New 42nd Street Studios on Dec. 10. Read the Playbill.com story: Here
Saturday, December 10th, 2011
Buy tickets for American Idiot the musical in the U.K. and Ireland now at the Official Site: Here
Thursday, December 1st, 2011
Green Day's 'American Idiot' musical to tour UK and Ireland in 2012
Musical will visit eight cities during a three-month long tour: More Info Here
Vote "Depression Times" (Featuring Green Day and Jesse Malin) as Coolest Song of 2011 at Little Steven's Underground Garage: HERE
LIVE 105 MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUMS OF 2012 @ Live 105: HERE
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
Q and A with Rock Photographer: Bob Gruen: Here
You toured with Green Day last year. What was that like?
Bob Gruen: Oh yeah, I really have a lot of fun with those guys, they are among the funniest people I know. They're constantly cracking each other up. They're great. They're one of the best band's I've hung out with, and I really enjoy their music and I really enjoy them. They're punks, they've got a real great attitude. You know that Walmart is one of the biggest sellers [of CDs] -- I think Walmart sells about half the CDs and albums in the U.S., and they're very strict about the language on CDs. Some bands will change the lyrics so that Walmart will carry their record. When their last record came out, Green Day refused to change their lyrics, and Walmart wouldn't carry the album. When they asked Billie Joe how he felt about that, he said, "Well if they think it's dangerous why don't they just move it out of the record department and sell it over by the guns and knives and the other dangerous things they sell." That's the reason I like Green Day. They just have common sense and a good sense of humor.
Thursday, November 17th, 2011
Grammy award-winning rock band Green Day made a surprise appearance in Austin.
The group announced that they were going to have a surprise concert somewhere in the U.S. on their site and on twitter. They disclosed the location on Thursday. Within 15 seconds the concert was sold out.
"It was crazy how fast it sold out. But we knew it was going to happen," said Green Day fan Drew Evertt.
Billie Joe Hinting on his twitter: RT @BJjOfficial "Green Day show this Thursday! Hint, it's not in California or New York..."
Jesse Malin's interview on Little Steven's Underground Show. He talks about recording with Green Day: here
New photos from Green Day's recent gig in San Francisco available now at GreenDay.com: HERE
Thursday, November 10th, 2011
GreenDay.com posted new photos from Green Day's recent NYC gig here.
Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
JAKE EPSTEIN GETS READY FOR 'AMERICAN IDIOT' @ Shalom Life: Here
Friday, November 4th, 2011
Hear 6 New Songs From Green Day's Tiny Club Shows @ SPIN: Here
GREEN DAY PERFORM SURPRISE SHOW IN SAN FRANCISCO @ Bsides: Here
Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
Will Ferrell, who refined his impersonation of President George W. Bush on the sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live" and later took his presidential act to Broadway, was awarded the nation's top humor prize Sunday night.
The TV star went on to make movies and co-found the popular website FunnyorDie.com in a career that won the 44-year-old the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Conan O'Brien, Jack Black, Matthew Broderick, Ben Stiller and Billie Joe Armstrong from the rock band Green Day performed Sunday in Ferrell's honor, joined by Molly Shannon, Tim Meadows and Andy Samberg from Ferrell's "SNL" days.
Monday, October 17th, 2011
Robert Pattinson Eyed For Green Day's
'American Idiot'? @ MTV: HERE
Billie Joe coming to Nurse Jackie @ E! Online: HERE
HOVEN VISION TEAMS UP WITH GREEN DAY
Hoven Vision and Grammy®Award winning rock band Green Day announce their creative collaboration for sunglass eyewear. Hoven Vision and Green Day have designed two new colorways in the RITZ and BIG RISKY sunglass styles.
The Ritz is a signature Hoven oversized style that is perfect for the custom inside graphic treatment from Green Day's latest live album Awesome As F*ck. The Ritz is available with polycarbonate polarized lenses and has a suggested retail price of $65.
The Big Risky is a timeless classic black and white handmade frame with Green Day graphics on the inside temples and CR-39 lenses and has a suggested retail price of $80.
"Green Day have been friends of the Hoven brand for a long time," said Vice President of Design and Marketing Tony Davis. "We feel extremely fortunate to team up with them on these designs. This is a super big deal for us."
The Ritz and the Big Risky sunglasses from Hoven Vision and Green Day are available at HovenVision.com, Tilly's and other fine Surf/Sake/Snow shops nationwide.
Monday, October 10th, 2011News from IdiotClub.com:
More More More... presales for some of the upcoming American Idiot
performances. We got our hands on a limited number of great tickets for
the two performances of American Idiot (the play) at the Stanley Theatre in
Utica, NY on Dec 21 & 22, 2011.
Presale will begin TODAY, Oct 10 at 12:00pm EST
In addition to regular tickets available for purchase, you Idiots will also
have the opportunity to purchase an awesome Ticket Bundle that includes all
American Idiot Enhanced Ticket Bundle is $49 + Ticket Face, and includes:
-1 Premium Seat Ticket
-1 Exclusive American Idiot Poster
-1 Commemorative VIP Laminate
-$5 Discount on Idiot Club Fan Club Membership or Renewal
Little Steven's Underground Garage debuted April 7, 2002 on 23 radio stations, it was a celebration of all things cool, especially all 60 years of Rock and Roll.
From Bo Diddley, Little Richard and Chuck Berry, to the Stones, the Who and The Beatles, from the Shangri-Las and The Chiffons to The Runaways and Blondie, from The Beach Boys and the The Byrds to the Ramones, and The Hives, from Eddie Cochran to Jack White, and everything in between.
Throw in a dash of B-Movies, 60's psychedelia, Rat Fink, Film Noir, Pin-up girls, motorcycle gangs, pop culture, cartoons, muscle cars, twinkies, and Go-Go Girls and you have Little Steven's Underground Garage.
Fast Forward to October 2011- and the show is now broadcast on 148 stations in over 200 markets and internationally in Canada, Italy, Norway, Spain, Ireland, The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark, the American Forces Network, and the Voice of America Music Mix Network. 1500 bands, over 3000 songs (and that's not including the cool musical beds!), hundreds of Freaks of the Week, 3 national tours, a festival, dozens of concerts and band battles, 10 albums, TV Specials, 499 Coolest Songs In The World later and we have to come to Show 500.
Freaks, misfits, and outcasts come join us to celebrate this milestone October 21st - Live at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square.
Little Steven will be there spinning songs from the 500th episode along with interviewing some special guests including Billie Joe Armstrong, Debbie Harry, Darlene Love, Steve Buscemi, Tim Robbins, Jesse Malin, Garland Jeffreys, and Vinny "Big Pussy" Pastore, plus video tributes, and some surprises!!!
This a FREE event - we are not selling tickets.
If you and a guest would like to attend please email your FULL NAME / city and state / and let us know if you are bringing a guest (we don't need their name)
There is a very limited amount of seats for this event. We will start sending out confirmation emails on Wednesday October 12th. Doors are at 6:00 and the event will begin at 6:30
Monday, October 4th, 2011
WEIRD AL DOESN'T WANT TO BE A CANADIAN IDIOT: HERE
Thursday, September 29th, 2011
MUSICAL PERFORMANCE SET TONE IN NEW ORLEANS SAINT'S RETURN TO SUPERDOME @ NOLA: Here
Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
Green Day is on the cover of the new issue of Q Magazine. Check it out: HERE
Thursday, September 15th, 2011
THEY DID IT THEIR WAY: THE STORY OF REPRISE RECORDS
Paul Gambaccini explores the history of Reprise Records - the label set up and owned by Frank Sinatra - 50 years after his first song was released on it. Throughout the programme, we look back on their impressive roster - which as well as Frank himself - included acts as varied as Sammy Davis Jnr, Dean Martin, Jimi Hendrix, Nancy Sinatra, Trini Lopez, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Randy Newman, Ry Cooder, Josh Groban, Green Day, Stevie Nicks and Michael Buble. @ BBC: Here
Monday, September 12th, 2011
GreenDay.com posted new photos from The Tiki Bar. Check em out: HERE
Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
Saggy pants cost Green Day singer his airline seat @ USA Today: HERE
OAKLAND (APOnline) - Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong says his sagging pants cost him a seat on a Southwest Airlines flight.
The singer-guitarist for the San Francisco Bay area band sent a message to his Twitter followers on Thursday expressing his indignation at being tossed from an Oakland-to-Burbank flight for wearing his trousers too low.
"Just got kicked off a southwest flight because my pants sagged too low! What the f***? No joke!" he wrote.
An ABC7 news producer who was on the same flight told the station that a flight attendant approached Armstrong as the plane was getting ready to take off and asked him to hike his pants higher. The producer, Cindy Qiu, says Armstrong initially responded by asking the attendant if there weren't "better things to do than worry about that?"
But the attendant persisted and told Armstrong he could be ejected for his refusal to comply. When Armstrong insisted he was just trying to get to his seat, he and a traveling companion were taken off the plane.
Southwest spokesman Brad Hawkins released a statement saying Armstrong was allowed onto the next flight to Burbank and had told a customer relations agent who contacted him he had no further complaints.
"As soon as we became aware of what had happened, we reached out to apologize for this Customer's experience," the statement read. "He elected to take the next flight. We followed up with this Customer and involved Employees to get more details and, in our latest conversations, understand from the Customer the situation was resolved to his satisfaction."
Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
Christina Sajous, currently starring as Shirley in the Broadway production of Baby It's You!, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.
Sajous made her Broadway debut originating the role of the Extraordinary Girl in Green Day's American Idiot.
Saturday, August 27th, 2011
The rise and fall of the Lookout Records empire @ East Bay Express: HERE
Monday, August 23rd, 2011
Hoven Green Day Ritz polarized sunglasses. 100% UV protection. Impact resistant polycarbonate lens. Grilamid injection frame. Stainless steel hinges. Grey lens. Metal Hoven logo decal on temples. Green Day logos and artwork on inside of arms. Imported. Lifetime guarantee.
Check them out: HERE and HERE
We love working with Mike, and he's come up with another great shoe this season. The 3rd in his series of military inspired Schubert's, this slick Grey version is one of our favorites. Royalty form this shoe gets donated to charity. Pick up a pair at Loserkids today! You crazy kids in Europe can go to Macbethshop.com
Monday, August 15th, 2011
Thanks everyone for coming out to the show Thursday night and
supporting us and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. We have been in
jamming and writing new songs for the last few months. It felt great to play these new Green Day songs live and share our "work in progress"..
Stay tuned for more!
Love, Green Day
P.S. here are the lyrics for The new song Amy...
Is your heart singing out of tune
Are your eyes just singing the blues
Dirty records from another time
Some blood stains on your shoes
No one really knows about your soul
And I barely even know your name
Burning rhythms and posting lies
For a bunch of fools drown in shame
Amy don't you go
I want you around
Singin' woah please don't go
Do you wanna be a friend of mine?
Did you tattoo a lucky charm
To keep you out of harms way?
Warding off all evil signs
But it never really kept you safe
You're too young for the golden age
Cause the record bin's been replaced
27 gone without a trace
And you walked away from your drink
Is your heart singing out of tune
Are you eyes just singing the blues?
Dirty records from another time
Some blood stains on your shoes
May I have this last dance
By chance if we should meet?
Can you write me a lullaby?
So we can sing you to sleep
Thursday, August 11th, 2011TICKETS FOR TONIGHT'S CLUB SHOW
As you know, due to an overwhelming response for tonight's club gig, The Tiki Bar and the City of Costa Mesa have asked us to pre-sell tickets for tonight's event.
Presale tickets will be available beginning at 1:00pm PST today. As usual, tickets are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.
Few things to note:
- This is a Will Call only show. Once purchased, there will be NO name changes permitted.
- There is a strict NO cell phone or camera policy in the club.
- All ticket buyers must be 21 years of age or older. No exceptions.
- No tickets will be sold at the venue.
- No lines will be allowed to form at the Tiki Bar prior to 7pm.
- No one without a ticket will be allowed in the immediate area of the club.
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
Secret live GREEN DAY show! Thursday August 11th, doors at 8PM at The Tiki Bar 1700 Placentia, Costa Mesa, CA. Tickets $20 cash at the door. All proceeds donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. NO PRESALE, STRICT NO CAMERA, NO CELL PHONE POLICY. 21 yrs and over. Be ready to dance!
Sunday, August 7th, 2011
MIKE DIRNT Donates Honorably at Fundraiser Pipeline to a Cure
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
Green Day Videos make the MTV 30th anniversary Gigwise collection of the best 30 videos for each year spanning over the last three decades.
From Blondie's video for 'Rapture' in 1981, through to Lady Gaga's various creative music videos today, our selection of music videos celebrates the various visuals that bands and artists create to compliment their music.
Those videos featured in the list include Michael Jackson's epic 'Thriller' and Britney Spears' 'One More Time', as well as videos from Green Day, Foo Fighters, Spice Girls, Beyonce, Will Smith, Coldplay, Gorillaz, MC Hammer and Rihanna.
Alfred Music Publishing, the official print music publisher of thousands of popular artists and songwriters, releases Green Day: Lyric & Chord Songbook, a collection of most revered songs spanning the Grammy® Award-winning band's impressive 24-year career, compiled in an easy-to-carry handbook. More Here
Thursday, July 21st, 2011
Green Day and music stars including Madonna, Lady Gaga, Jimmy Buffett, Rod Stewart, JAY-Z and Justin Bieber, team up with Live Nation Entertainment, Bravado International and City of Hope to Raise Awareness, Funds for Cancer Research.
Proceeds Support Lifesaving Research and Treatment at City of Hope
LOS ANGELES--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Fans of Lady Gaga, John Lennon, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, George Michael, Green Day, Shakira and more than 25 other top musical acts can rock out in collectible edition t-shirts showing off their favorite artists and their support for City of Hope, a leading research, treatment and education institute for cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS. Beginning this month, fans who visit the artists' official websites and CityofHopeShop.com can purchase "Hope, Love and Rock & Roll" t-shirts featuring their favorite artists, with not less than 50-percent of the retail price benefitting research and treatment programs at City of Hope.
"I'm a big believer in the power of music to connect and heal," said Irving Azoff, chairman of Live Nation Entertainment. "I'm so grateful to the many artists and friends who are contributing to the unique 'Hope, Love and Rock & Roll' merchandise program supporting City of Hope, an organization my wife Shelli and I are deeply committed to."
Added Shelli Azoff, a longtime member of the City of Hope Music and Entertainment Industry Group, "The artists in this program inspire millions of fans through their music and example. I'm personally inspired by City of Hope's doctors and researchers, who work every day to develop treatments and cures for life-threatening illnesses, and am delighted that music fans can join Irving and me in supporting this important organization just by purchasing one-of-a-kind t-shirts."
Featured artists in the program include:
Avenged Sevenfold, Avril Lavigne, Barbra Streisand, Eminem, George Michael,Green Day, JAY-Z, Jimmy Buffett, John Lennon, Journey, Justin Bieber, Kiss, Lady GaGa, Madonna, New Kids on the Block,Nickelback, No Doubt, Ozzy Osbourne, Rihanna, Rod Stewart, Shakira, Shania Twain, Slipknot, Stone Sour, Sublime, Sugarland,Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and ZZ Top
Additional artists will be announced throughout the year.
"Music plays such a vital role in our lives, comforting us in our times of need or galvanizing us into action to make a positive change," said Alexandra M. Levine, M.D., chief medical officer, City of Hope. "We are grateful for the support of these talented musical artists and rock n' roll merchandise companies, Live Nation Merchandise, Bravado International and FEA, which will help City of Hope raise awareness and funds for research to help patients and families who face a life-threatening disease."
The launch of the new merchandising program is the latest in a long history of music industry programs in support of City of Hope. Since its creation in 1973 by key music industry leaders, City of Hope's Music and Entertainment Industry Group has raised more than $96 million. Irving Azoff, chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and a member of the Music and Entertainment Industry Group, and his wife, Shelli, were recently honored with the Spirit of Life Award, City of Hope's most prestigious honor that recognizes individuals who have committed their time and resources to helping those in need. Irving Azoff is the first person ever to be honored twice with this philanthropic honor and the Azoffs were the first couple to receive the award.
For more information and to purchase the limited edition "Hope, Love and Rock & Roll" artist t-shirts benefitting City of Hope, please visit www.CityofHopeShop.com.
Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
News from IdiotClub.com:
We've got a wicked deal for you! We were able to gain access to a limited number of great tickets for American Idiot (the play) at the Boston Opera House in Boston, MA on January 24, 2012 through January 29, 2012. Presale tickets for the upcoming 2012 American Idiot shows at the Boston Opera House will begin TOMORROW Wednesday, July 13 at 10:00am EST
Meet Green Day: The Next Generation. Emily's Army, a new band comprised entirely of teenagers from Oakland, California, keep the sound of Green Day's California pop-punk roots alive on their debut album Don't Be A Dick. The musical connection to Green Day goes beyond musical influence - the band just happens to include Billie Joe Armstong's son Joey on drums, and the Green Day frontman produced their record. "Broadcast This," the band's first video, shows the boyish rockers ripping through a tune that declares their boredom with all of the music that they hear on their radio. Except for Green Day, of course. Those guys rule.
Guitar World- August 2011- 100 Greatest Classic Rock Guitar Songs
Guitar World presents the 100 Greatest Classic Rock Guitar Songs of All Time, complete with stories from the bands that made them. Our ranked listing includes Fifties hits like Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" and Link Wray's "Rumble," Sixties tracks such as Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" and the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction," classic rock tunes including Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" and Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb," and loads of songs from the previous 30 years, like Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train," Van Halen's "Eruption," Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle," Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," and much more.
Plus: Special guest commentary from... Billie Joe Armstrong on "Surrender"
Teen Nick's summer concert series "Rocks Out" will begin July 1st.
Look for the series to air two Green Day songs from their performance at Lollapalooza.
Monday, June 20th, 2011
The Family Business: Stan Freese and Sons Josh and Jason @ OC Weekly: here
Thursday, June 16th, 2011
Check out the new look of the Official Greenday.com Website!
Mike Dirnt video on his new restaurant Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe in Oakland's Uptown
Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
Green Day Bassist Plays Part in Oakland Rebirth @ NBC: here
Billie Joe to play St Jimmy in American Idiot movie @ Hollywood Reporter: here
Saturday, June 11th, 2011
Tom Hanks' Playtone Productions Announces Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods,' Mattel's 'Major Matt Mason,' Green Day's 'American Idiot' (Exclusive)
After the gods and the space adventurer comes the idiot. Besides American Gods, Playtone is also developing American Idiot, a screen version of the Broadway musical adapted from Green Day's eponymous concept album, for 2013 premiere.
Director Michael Mayer of the stage version will direct the movie, while Billy Joe Armstrong will reprise his Broadway role as St. Jimmy in the movie version. The adaptation is Playtone's second musical after the blockbuster hit, Mamma Mia!, which grossed over $600 million worldwide.
Lady Gaga Recalls Buying Green Day Album In MTV Special
In MTV's upcoming 'Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside' special, Gaga reveals that the band's Dookie was the first album she ever bought. More @ MTV: Here
Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has already influenced and turned on a new generation of teenagers to punk, and now he's doing the same for Generation Y.
Emily's Army, a pop-punk group made up of four Bay Area teenagers, is set to blow up with the June 14 release of their debut album, Don't Be A D***. On the drums: Armstrong's 16-year-old son Joey. Side note: A 16-year-old rocks harder than you. Deal with that.
But Billie Joe's hardly just attaching his name to a vanity project. He produced the 14-song album, a mix of proto-punk, pop-punk and garage rock, and is releasing it on his own Adeline Records. (Coolest. Dad. Ever.) Expect to hear a mix of politically conscious and personal lyrics, with the group -- made up of brothers Max and Cole Becker, Joey Armstrong and Travis Neumann -- presumably taking a few pointers from the king of pop-punk himself.
Emily's Army range in age from 15 to 17 -- the perfect age to be starting a punk band -- but have already spent the past two years touring up and down the West Coast. Once known as Raining Souls, the group took their name Emily's Army from the Cystic Fibrosis fund-raising organization as a way to honor the Becker brothers' 15-year-old cousin Emily, who was diagnosed with the disease in 1998.
The smash-hit, Tony Award®-winning AMERICAN IDIOT is Broadway's most exciting new musical. The New York Times calls it, "thrilling and emotionally charged, as moving as anything on Broadway!" Based on Green Day's Grammy® Award-winning multi-platinum album and featuring the smash hits "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", "Holiday" and "21 Guns", AMERICAN IDIOT is the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their search for meaning in a post 9-11 world leads them on the most exhilarating journey of the Broadway season. This amazing show just closed on April 24. The cast and crew has generously donated some one-of-a-kind items to Broadway Cares.. The cast and crew has generously donated some one-of-a-kind items to Broadway Cares. These white size 7 Creepers were part of the original costume design and were worn onstage by Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong during technical rehearsals for his original run as "St. Jimmy" in January 2011. They were not worn in performances as the soles of the shoes were too heavy for all the running up and down stairs that Billie Joe did in the show. As you can see Billie Joe has signed one side of the shoes for Broadway Cares. Don't wanna be an American Idiot? Bid now: HERE
Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
Tony Vincent is auctioning off the boots he used during the production of American Idiot for charity: here.
Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe ready to open Oakland location in Fox Theater @ SF Gate: Here]
Monay, May 4th, 2011Osama Bin Laden Death Sparks Reactions From Chuck D, Green Day, Flaming Lips
Much like the rest of us, musicians around the world have spoken out via Twitter after news broke last night regarding the death of terrorist Osama Bin Laden. Some responded in a light-hearted fashion while others tweeted more thoughtful, critical comments.
"Good news everyone, Osama Bin Laden the terrorist is dead," F---ed Up's Damian Abraham wrote via Twitter this morning. "The bad news however is that Osama Bin Laden the martyr has been born."
Rapper Chuck D wrote several posts regarding the news. "USA is at it again, number one in the rankings of Killing Championships," he said via Twitter. "Stealing the Gold in the Murder Olympics and the crowd goes wild!" The rapper later added, "One f---in dude in a cave, gimme a break please would some UFO come down and straighten this human race out, even if you gotta devour us."
"Do not turn the man into a martyr," Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong tweeted, later adding "this is a global victory."
"Wow Obama 1, 2 punch: lion king video than Osama dead," Fall Out Boy guitarist Pete Wentz said on his Twitter. "Seriously I wanna see who runs in 2012..."
"Ding Dong the witch is dead!!" Flaming Lips singer, and avowed 'Wizard of Oz' fan, Wayne Coyne quipped. "Which ole witch?? The wicked witch!!! Ding Dong the wicked witch is DEAD!!!"
"A moment in the kitchen; remembering those who died on Sept. 11 & not taking any joy in the news," Amanda Palmer wrote early Monday morning.
Metric wrote: "Ok, two things: Osama Bin Laden is dead?" "And tame impala is covering Massive Attack. Remember the innocent 1990s?"
Moby, who was living near ground zero at the time of the September 11 attacks, summed up a lot of people's reactions with a succinct tweet: "Whoa."
Monay, April 25th, 2011
Green Day's American Idiot North American Tour to Play Boston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Toronto and More
@ TheaterMania: here
Billie Joe Armstrong Bids Farewell to Broadway With Hour-Long Concert @ Rolling Stone: here
Friday, April 22nd, 2011
Green Day Tap Tom Hanks for 'American Idiot' Movie @ Spin: here
With Green Day's American Idiot musical set to close on Broadway on April 24, the punk trio will begin working on a movie adaptation of the 2004 concept album, and they have tapped a Hollywood A-lister to produce it: Tom Hanks.
According to Reuters, the actor will work with director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) on the adaptation, which will be co-produced by members of Green Day. Universal studios is in negotiations put out the movie, which doesn't have a production schedule or release date, and Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar for writing Milk, is the frontrunner to pen the screenplay.
News about Hanks' involvement first leaked out in January, when it was rumored that Hanks' Playtone production company was interested in working on the American Idiot adaptation. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong also revealed that he would most likely play the role of St. Jimmy. "I think that's a no-brainer," he said.
Hanks' involvement in a rock movie makes sense. He was a producer of Neil Young's 2006 doc Heart of Gold and he executive produced the televised version of the 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert in 2009 and the smash movie Mamma Mia! in 2008. He also directed the 1996 rock-based drama That Thing You Do!
Green Day's American Idiot, the rock opera based on the band's album of the same name, will stage its final Broadway performance on April 24 in New York, but it looks like the story may move to the big screen once the stage curtains close.
The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Universal is negotiating the screen rights to American Idiot, and carrying over the show's director, Michael Mayer. Apparently screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (he won an Oscar for Milk) and Tom Hanks are also in the project's gravitational pull (Hanks would be involved in some kind of production capacity and probably not playing St. Jimmy, the show's nefarious dealer/guest-star magnet).
Which brings us to the next point: There are plenty of issues in translating splashy stage musicals into compelling films-you need look no further than 2008's Mamma Mia! for proof-but the biggest sticking point in making a movie out of American Idiot will be finding a suitable performer to play the lead role.
Celebrity cameos in the St. Jimmy role from Melissa Etheridge, AFI's Davey Havok and Billie Joe Armstrong himself aside, the Broadway cast is largely made up of stage vets like Van Hughes (Hairspray, 9 to 5) , David Larsen (Good Vibrations), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Passing Strange). Also, Justin Guarani. Yes, that one.
Who would you like to see reprise their roles onscreen, AmIdios? Original Johnny (and Tony-winning Spring Awakening alum) John Gallagher Jr.? Original Jimmy Tony Vincent? Or are there better-known TV or film actors with the singing and dancing Broadway-baby chops to fill those roles-and the celebrity draw to fill cineplex seats?
Tuesday, April 19th, 2011Billie Joe Armstrong talks to Details about Broadway, Sarah Palin and stealing a limo from Letterman
Billie Joe Armstrong went from hard-partying troublemaker to Broadway headliner, but don't tell the 39-year-old Green Day front man that he's punked out!
DETAILS: You've said that, prior to recording the album American Idiot, you came to New York and did a lot of partying. Did you think about that while playing the drug-pushing character St. Jimmy? Billie Joe Armstrong: That's more the main character, Johnny-going from being a big fish in a small pond to swimming with sharks. I had a tendency in my past to get caught up in partying too much or making bad decisions. Stealing a limo from David Letterman during the Insomniac tour - I got into a little bit of trouble. In 2003, I ended up in jail with a DUI, and I definitely regret that.
On the risk of being too political: "It dawned on me at the end of the last tour that things had become heavy. It's a f**king balancing act, man. And you don't want to always write about politics just for the sake of writing about politics. I don't want to become Rage Against the Machine. Bono is having lunch with George Bush to get money from him. I don't operate that way. I stick to my opinions."
On today's political climate: "The Democrats are a bunch of f**king pussies. It was so smart for the Republicans to embrace the Tea Party: 'We don't believe everything you say, but we'll listen to you.' I get more confused every day. Then I feel like I'm not doing enough. It starts to make my head explode. Maybe I should go talk to the troops in Afghanistan."
On Sarah Palin: "I listen to the shit that comes out of her mouth, and I'm just in awe. These are Sunday-school teachers becoming politicians. Mike Huckabee? He's the guy that diddled you while holding the Bible. He's so soft-spoken, so Mr. Rogers. Palin is the same-it's this sneaky way to make Americans feel comfortable, but you know they're rotten to the core."
Tuesday, April 12th, 2011Billie Joe Armstrong J-180 More @ Gibson: Here!
Teenage pop-punk group Emily's Army is gearing up for the release of their full-length debut, Don't Be A Dick, due June 14 on Adeline Records. Produced by Billie Joe Armstrong, the album features heartfelt teenage anthems dealing in cautionary tales, politics and the pressures of adolescence. The record will be available digitally as well as on vinyl.
The 14-song set was recorded and mixed in four days at Oakland's Jingletown Recordings with the help of engineer Chris Dugan. Emily's Army counts the rich East Bay music scene and Gilman Street amongst their influences, along with classic power pop, and garage rock.
Emily's Army consists of prolific songwriting brothers Max and Cole Becker, guitarist Travis Neumann and drummer Joey Armstrong. At the ripe age of 15, 16 and 17 years old, the Oakland-based band has already spent two years touring up and down the West Coast.
The band takes its name from Max and Cole's 15 year-old cousin Emily, who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis in 1998 and has suffered from the disease her entire life. In tribute, the band adopted the name Emily's Army, which also happens to be the moniker for a fundraising organization in their cousin's honor.
1 Broadcast This
2 Strictly For The Birds
4 Rom Drom
5 Little Face
7 West Coast
8 Statutory Brainrape
9 Burn Apollo
10 The Gutter
11 Regan Macneil
12 I Wanna Be Remembered
13 Bad Cop
14 Loch Lomond
Thursday, April 7th, 2011
Look for Green Day on the cover of the April edition of Goldmine Magazine: HERE.
Green Day Defeat Paramore In Musical March Madness Championship
The 2011 MMM title game went down to the wire, but in the end, it's Green Day who stand triumphant.
Friday, April 1st, 2011
Ten random lucky people who pre-order an "Awesome As F**k" vinyl (with or without the t-shirt) directly through Adeline's store will receive a copy SIGNED BY GREEN DAY!
Order at: http://store.adelinerecords.net/news
Thursday, March 31st, 2011Rocky Sings - "Gloria" with Billie Joe on Piano
Thursday, March 17th, 2011
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Green Day stream new live album 'Awesome As Fuck' online - audio @ NME: here
Wednesday, March 16th, 2011Green Day Premiere 'Awesome' Performance of 'Holiday' -- Exclusive Video
After showcasing their incredible live act on 2005's 'Bullet in a Bible' album, Green Day are dropping a new live set that features the best performances from their '21st Century Breakdown Tour' in 2009. The new album, 'Awesome as F---,' will be released March 22 via Reprise and features performances of such hits as '21 Guns,' 'American Idiot' and 'When I Come Around.'
To give fans a taste of what they can find on the CD/DVD, Billie Joe Armstrong and company have released a clip of the band performing 'Holiday' in Tokyo. "Do you want to start a f---ing war?" Armstrong yells at the start of the anthem, which appeared on 2004's 'American Idiot' LP. Check out the energetic performance below.
Macbeth, a Carlsbad, CA-based footwear, apparel, and accessory lifestyle brand, is proud to announce its third Studio Project collaboration with Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt.
Dirnt has been rocking crowds around the world with his band, Green Day, since 1987. With the release of the epic, award-winning album "Dookie" in 1994, Green Day became one of the first punk rock bands to capture the attention of the mainstream, and 2004's "American Idiot" was an international sensation, selling over 15 million copies worldwide, winning multiple Grammy Awards and spawning a Broadway musical.
This third Studio Project from Dirnt will accompany Macbeth's Spring 2011 Collection, and like Dirnt's past collaborations, this one is also fully vegan. Dirnt chose to outfit Macbeth's existing silhouette, The Schubert, in a rugged military green upper, comprised of organic cotton, PET (recycled plastic fibers) and a recycled polyester woven material, while the black outsole consists of recycled rubber components from tires. Additionally, the adhesive is a water-based, synthetic, vegan glue.
Dirnt has chosen to donate his royalties from the collaboration to The National Military Family Association's Operation Purple, a program created to empower military children and their families to develop and maintain healthy and connected relationships, in spite of the current military environment. Created in 2004 to fill a need identified by military parents to help them help their kids, Operation Purple periodically sponsors camps that provide military kids with an opportunity to have fun and make friends in an environment where they are reminded that they are our nation's youngest heroes.
"I'm really excited to be teaming up with Macbeth for another Studio Project," explains Dirnt. "Macbeth is a great company, producing quality product in a conscious way, and I'm always happy to find a way to lend a hand to great programs like Operation Purple."
Thursday, March 10th, 2011
GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT
BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG RETURNS APRIL 5 FOR FINAL THREE WEEKS ON BROADWAY!
Green Day's frontman and composer/co-author, Billie Joe Armstrong is returning to send AMERICAN IDIOT out with a bang. This limited return engagement will include the one year anniversary on Wednesday, April 20, as well as the groundbreaking musical's final Broadway performance on Sunday, April 24. Don't miss your last chance to see Billie Joe as St. Jimmy, in a performance The New York Times raves "brings a jolt of authentic rock-god electricity to an already electrifying musical!"
3 ways to get tickets:
- ONLINE Click Here
- BY PHONE Call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200
- IN PERSON St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St., New York NY 10036
Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
Adeline Records is pleased to present the vinyl version of Green Day's brand new live album, "Awesome As Fuck", featuring 18 tracks on pink 180 gram double-disc gatefold vinyl! This bundle includes an exclusive, limited edition Green Day t-shirt... this is the ONLY place you can choose from all 5 sizes, so order fast - once they're gone, they're gone!
Green Day recorded every show on the 21st Century Breakdown tour. When it concluded, the band members, singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool, sifted through the audio to deliver the best performances from their shows around the world. The package includes Green Day's biggest hits and fan favorites, including "21 Guns," "American Idiot," "When I Come Around," and "Good Riddance."
01. 21st Century Breakdown - (London, England)
02. Know Your Enemy - (Manchester, England)
03. East Jesus Nowhere - (Glasgow, Scotland)
04. Holiday - (Dublin, Ireland)
05. Viva La Gloria! - (Dallas, Texas)
06. Cigarettes And Valentines - (Phoenix, Arizona)
07. Burnout - (Irvine, California)
08. Going To Pasalacqua - (Chula Vista, California)
09. JAR - (Detroit, Michigan)
10. Who Wrote Holden Caulfield> - (New York, New York)
11. Geek Stink Breath - (Saitama-shi, Japan)
12. When I Come Around - (Berlin, Germany)
13. She - (Brisbane, Australia)
14. 21 Guns - (Mountain View, California)
15. American Idiot - (Montreal, QUE)
16. Wake Me Up When September Ends - (Nickelsdorf, Austria)
17. Good Riddance - (Nickelsdorf, Austria)
Pre-order t-shirt bundle: here
Pre-order vinyl: here
Saturday, March 5th, 2011
Add your content to awesomeasfuck.net and you could win a weekend trip to New York City, including tickets to see Green Day's American Idiot on Broadway.
Just add your photo, video and stories, select the gig you attended and be part of the biggest scrapbook of Green Day gigs ever!
AFI's Davey Havok Ready for His Broadway Debut in 'American Idiot'. Full Article @ AOL.
Saturday, February 26th, 2011
While back in her hometown of New York City to perform a sold out show at Madison Square Garden, recent Grammy winner Lady Gaga couldn't pass up the opportunity to take in a Broadway show. With fellow rock star Billie Joe Armstrong currently leading the cast of the Green Day musical American Idiot, the "Born This Way" singer headed to the St. James Theatre to rock out to the Tony-nominated show on February 23. After the performance Gaga headed backstage to deliver some words of love to the talented cast and crew. Take a look at her wild visit at Broadway.com.
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
Live video for Green Day's Cigarettes and Valentines from the forthcoming Awesome as F**k CD and Bonus DVD on 3/22/11. Pre-order yours today!
Get your questions ready! Green Day's in house engineer and live photographer/videographer, Chris Dugan will be stopping by idiotclub.com to test out our new and improved chat room with members on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 at 3PM EST!
That's right, out with the old chat and in with the new chat. Chris will be live via video chat... you won't want to miss this! We won't reveal the new chat until right before the chat with Chris... so feel free to mess around in the old one until the new chat is available. See you next Wed!
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
Lyric video for Green Day's Cigarettes and Valentines from the forthcoming Awesome as F**k CD and Bonus DVD on 3/22/11. Pre-order yours today!
Sunday, February 13th, 2011Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day win musical show Grammy for 'American Idiot' album
"American Idiot," the jukebox rock musical featuring songs by Green Day, is now a Grammy winner.
Billie Joe Armstrong and Green Day won the 2010 Grammy Award for musical show album for the musical, which opened in April at the St. James Theatre in New York.
The other nominees in the category were "Sondheim on Sondheim," "A Little Night Music," "Fela!" and "Promises, Promises."
Armstrong wasn't in Los Angeles to accept the award since he is currently playing the role of St. Jimmy in "American Idiot" on Broadway.
The "American Idiot" album was released by Reprise. The musical uses songs from Green Day's albums "American Idiot" and "21st Century Breakdown," both of which won Grammy awards in 2005 and 2010, respectively.
Armstrong will be performing in the Broadway production through Feb. 27. A national tour of "American Idiot" is in the works, with a start date expected in the fall.
Friday, February 11th, 2011NEW CAST MEMBERS ANNOUNCED
The producers of the critically acclaimed AMERICAN IDIOT announced today that Davey Havok (lead vocalist of the American rock band AFI) is set to join the cast for a limited two week engagement as "St. Jimmy" on March 1, 2011. In addition, Justin Guarini (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) will play the role of "Will," and current and original Broadway cast members Van Hughes and Libby Winters will take over the roles of "Johnny" and "The Extraordinary Girl," respectively on March 1, 2011 at The St. James Theatre, 246 W 44th Street.
"I couldn't be more excited that Davey is joining the American Idiot cast to play St. Jimmy. Not only is he a good friend of mine, but I feel that he also brings the perfect energy and air of menace to the part," says composer/co-author and lead singer of Green Day Billie Joe Armstrong. "The audience is going to freak out."
"Justin blew us away in his audition and I am thrilled to have him join the company of American Idiot," says director and co-book writer Michael Mayer. "And, of course, I'm proud and excited to have Van and Libby, original Broadway cast members who have poured their blood, sweat and tears into the show over the past year, move into these lead roles."
Original Broadway cast members John Gallagher Jr. (Johnny), Michael Esper (Will), Christina Sajous (The Extraordinary Girl) and, after a triumphant 50 performance engagement Green Day frontman and the musical's composer and co-author, Billie Joe Armstrong (St. Jimmy) will play their final performances February 27, 2011 (Gallagher, Esper and Armstrong) and February 26, 2011 (Sajous).
Called "the first great musical of the 21st century" by The Toronto Star, AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for meaning in a post 9-11 world leads them on an exhilarating journey.
Based on Green Day's groundbreaking rock opera American Idiot, Billie Joe Armstrong and the band collaborate with one of the theatre's most acclaimed creative teams, led by the Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer, Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony Award-winning composer and orchestrator Tom Kitt, and Olivier Award-winning choreographer Steven Hoggett, to bring this explosive, iconic album to the stage.
AMERICAN IDIOT currently stars Tony Award winner John Gallagher Jr. (Spring Awakening), Tony Award Nominee Stark Sands (Journey's End), Michael Esper (A Man For All Seasons), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Passing Strange), Christina Sajous (The Wild Party), and Jeanna de Waal (We Will Rock You – West End). The cast also features Declan Bennett, Jennifer Bowles, Andrew Call, Gerard Canonico, Miguel Cervantes, Van Hughes, Brian Charles Johnson, Jason Kappus, Lorin Latarro, Omar Lopez-Cepero, Leslie McDonel, Chase Peacock, Wallace Smith, Ben Thompson, Alysha Umphress, Aspen Vincent, Mikey Winslow and Libby Winters.
The show features Tony Award winning scenic design by Christine Jones (Spring Awakening), costume design by Baryshnikov fellow Andrea Lauer (The Butcher of Baraboo), Tony Award winning lighting design by Kevin Adams (Hair), Sound design by Olivier and Obie Award-winner Brian Ronan (Cabaret), as well as video design by Darrel Maloney. The Music Director is Carmel Dean and Lorin Latarro is the Associate Choreographer.
Reprise Records released The Original Broadway Cast Recording of AMERICAN IDIOT on April 20, 2010, the same day as the show opened. The official album features the original 24-member cast accompanied by Green Day, marking another incredible collaboration between the band and the musical. The Original Broadway Cast Recording of AMERICAN IDIOT is nominated for a 2011 GRAMMY® Award for Best Musical Show Album. The 53rd Annual GRAMMY® Awards will air on February 13, 2011, 8pmET/PT on CBS.
Tickets range from $127.00 - $49.00 and can be purchased at The St. James Box Office or via telecharge.com (212-239-6200). The performance schedule for AMERICAN IDIOT is Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday 8pm, Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 3pm and 7:30pm. www.AmericanIdiotonBroadway.com
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2011
New message on Billie Joe's Twitter page:
First punk show I was supposed to go to was Circle Jerks at the Mab in SF when I was 14. But I was grounded and couldn't go. Ugh..
Thursday, January 13th, 2011Pres Release from GreenDay.com:
GREEN DAY TO RELEASE LIVE ALBUM - AWESOME AS FUCK - ON MARCH 22ND, 2011, ON REPRISE RECORDS
CD PLUS BONUS DVD CAPTURES EXPLOSIVE ENERGY OF BAND'S WORLD TOUR IN SUPPORT OF GRAMMY® AWARD-WINNING ALBUM 21ST CENTURY BREAKDOWN
January 12, 2011 - Burbank, CA - Multi-platinum rock band Green Day will release a brand-new live album, entitled Awesome As Fuck, on March 22nd, 2011, on Reprise Records. The set, which includes a CD plus bonus DVD, features explosive performances captured during the band's 2009-2010 World Tour in support of their Grammy® Award-winning album 21st Century Breakdown. Watch a trailer introducing Awesome As Fuck here at youtube
Green Day recorded every show on the 21st Century Breakdown tour. When it concluded, the band members, singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool, sifted through the audio to deliver the best performances from their shows around the world. An iTunes Exclusive edition of the audio portion will feature two bonus tracks. The footage on the bonus DVD was shot at the band's show in Tokyo, Japan. The package includes Green Day's biggest hits and fan favorites, including "21 Guns," "American Idiot," "When I Come Around," and "Good Riddance." See below for full track-listing.
Critics raved about the 21st Century Breakdown tour, which launched in North America in July of 2009. "As if releasing a wave of energy that had been building up during their four-year hiatus from touring, Green Day poured all their heart and soul into a powerhouse set," said Rolling Stone, while Spin noted that "the band's relationship with its audience is disarmingly real."
Released by Reprise Records on May 15th, 2009, 21st Century Breakdown debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, won a 2009 Grammy Award for "Best Rock Album," and has sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide. It has spawned the hit singles "Know Your Enemy," which has been certified gold, and the platinum-selling "21 Guns," whose video won three 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, including "Best Rock Video."
The track-listing for Awesome As Fuck is as follows:
1. 21st Century Breakdown - (London, England)
2. Know Your Enemy - (Manchester, England)
3. East Jesus Nowhere - (Glasgow, Scotland)
4. Holiday - (Dublin, Ireland)
5. Gloria - (Dallas, Texas)
6. Cigarettes And Valentines - (Phoenix, Arizona)v
7. Burnout - (Irvine, California)
8. Pasalaqua - (Chula Vista, California)
9. JAR - (Detroit, Michigan - August 23rd 2010)
10. Holden Caulfield - (New York, New York)
11. Geek Stink Breath - (Saitama-shi, Japan)v
12. When I Come Around - (Berlin, Germany)
13. She - (Brisbane, Australia - December 8th 2009)
14. 21 Guns - (Mountain View, California)
15. American Idiot - (Montreal, QUE)
16. Wake Me Up - (Nickelsdorf, Austria)
17. Good Riddance - (Nickelsdorf, Austria)
"21st Century Breakdown"
"Know Your Enemy"
"East Jesus Nowhere"
"Blvd. Of Broken Dreams"
"Geek Stink Breath"
"Welcome To Paradise"
"When I Come Around"
"Jesus Of Suburbia"
Billie Joe Armstrong plays many roles in "American Idiot," and that's before he even takes the stage at the St. James Theater. Mr. Armstrong, the 38-year-old Green Day front man and guitarist and a co-writer of that Broadway musical adapted from his band's hit album of the same title, rejoined the show on Jan. 1 to resume the role of St. Jimmy, the pugnacious, drug-pushing alter ego of the protagonist, Johnny (portrayed by John Gallagher Jr.). (Charles Isherwood's review of Mr. Armstrong in "American Idiot" appears in Monday's New York Times.)
But in the final minutes before showtime on Friday night, Mr. Armstrong took on other parts - from a nervous neophyte gingerly reviewing his notes from Michael Mayer, the musical's director and co-writer, to an extroverted jester prancing around the stage in a female co-star's sequined dress.
In his dressing room - furnished with the record albums of vintage punk acts like the Avengers and Generation X, and dried-out bouquets suspended from the ceiling by their stems - Mr. Armstrong spoke with ArtsBeat about his experience as a performer in "American Idiot" and about what the future might hold when he leaves the show after Feb. 27. These are excerpts from that conversation.
Q. So what notes does Michael have for you tonight? A. He told me I was flat. [laughs] That's his job.
Q. Yikes. Sounds like someone's going to wake up tomorrow with a broken guitar in his bed. A. He goes over it every night. I've got a good rapport with him, so it's cool. In this situation I have no choice. I'm a rookie. I even have a hat that someone gave me that says "rookie" on it. When you get older, it's good to feel like you're getting into uncharted territory.
Rock star impersonators are not exactly rare creatures on Broadway today. An imitation Elvis and Jerry Lee and friends are stirring up trouble in "Million Dollar Quartet" at the Nederlander Theater. Flesh facsimiles of Paul, John, George and Ringo are running through the Beatles' greatest hits nightly in "Rain" at the Neil Simon.
But if you're looking for the actual article, there is only St. Jimmy at the St. James. Billie Joe Armstrong, the Green Day frontman with the antic aspect of a rabid raccoon, has rejoined the cast of "American Idiot" for a few weeks, bringing a jolt of authentic rock-god electricity to a musical that was plenty electrified - and electrifying - to start with.
The most notable, and commendable, aspect of Mr. Armstrong's performance as the drug pusher St. Jimmy is how notable it is not, in a fundamental sense. Although ripples of excitement spread through the audience in the moments before his entrance, and the raucous cheers of fans rise when he comes slamming onto the stage, Mr. Armstrong is not merely strutting around spreading stardust. (His arrival will no doubt goose the box office considerably, as it did when he first joined the show for several performances in the fall.)
Certainly he brings his own style and charisma to bear on the role, as any actor would. But at no point does Mr. Armstrong indulge in extraneous audience pandering or self-indulgent showboating. "American Idiot" is an ensemble show, an aching portrait of disaffected youth in search of itself. Mr. Armstrong, who wrote the songs (with Green Day) and wrote the book with the director, Michael Mayer, naturally has a stake in maintaining its integrity. He's not here to undermine it with focus-pulling grandstanding, and he doesn't. He plays the role, and plays it very well. (Mr. Armstrong is appearing in selected performances through Feb. 27.)
Saturday, January 8th, 2011
Mike Dirnt's side band, The Frustrators are back in the studio! Stay tuned for performances in California!
Monday, January 3rd, 2011Green Day To Drop Awesome Live Album/DVD In March
While a track list isn't available, band has hinted that 'Cigarettes and Valentines' could make the cut.
For years now, Green Day have made a point of turning their live shows into all-out arena-rock events, complete with gratuitous pyro, even more gratuitous stage props (T-shirt launchers, toilet-paper guns, water cannons, etc.), and, of course, some good-old-fashioned crowd participation
And now, they're packaging all that madness for the masses, with the appropriately titled Awesome as F---, a live CD/DVD set to hit stores March 15.
That's according to a spokesperson for their label, Reprise Records, though eagle-eyed fans probably could have guessed something was in the works as far back as August, when the band took to their Twitter account to announce, "We've been recording our live shows since the beginning of tour. Possible live album coming. A ton of songs!"
In other tweets, they encouraged fans to bring "Awesome as F---" signs to shows and even hinted that a version of "Cigarettes and Valentines" - a song from their now-legendary scrapped album that pre-dated American Idiot, which they performed live for the first time during an August show in Denver - would appear on the album.
Awesome as F--- is already listed on Amazon.com as a two-disc set. At press time, a track list for the album was not available. Green Day's last live album was 2005's Bullet in a Bible, recorded at the Milton Keynes National Bowl in England. Last year, they also released a mini live set, Last Night on Earth, taken from a performance in Tokyo.