Skip directly to content

Brian's blog

Brian's picture

Green Day's 'American Idiot' Turns 10: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

on September 21, 2014

For Green Day, George W. Bush's administration wasn't much fun, but it did inspire a career revival most acts would (metaphorically) kill for. When the recordings for a follow-up called Cigarettes and Valentines was stolen, guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool decided to regroup and record something completely different -- a rock opera in the vein of the Who's Tommy and Jesus Christ Superstar.

It was crazy enough to work. Four years since Warning, fans were finally thirsting for new Green Day again, and lead single "American Idiot" was strong enough to be

Brian's picture


on September 17, 2014

Green Day’s American Idiot 10 Years On! The Amazing Untold Story…

American Idiot didn’t just define a decade, it saved a punk rock institution. Through the eyes of its key players, Kerrang! find out how… PLUS! The 50 greatest albums of the noughties: All Time Low, 30 Seconds To Mars, Linkin Park and more speak! Foo Fighters take over the UK, Pierce The Veil‘s Vic Fuentes and Sleeping With Sirens‘ Kellin Quinn go head-to-head before their world tour hits the UK, K!

Brian's picture

New Found Power: 50 Albums That Defined 2004

on September 11, 2014

Ah, memories.

We've glanced at the albums that defined 1984. Then we checked in with 50 albums that characterized 1994.

Now it's 2004's turn!

It was a year that saw tragedy—and a sea change in mainstream rock and guitar-centric music.

In 2004, the landscape of mainstream rock was jarred once again by Green Day's American Idiot. An incredibly ambitious rock opera that touched on politics, depression and suburban ennui, it shifted millions of copies and re-established the trio as the American pop-punk band.

Having had the way paved by Green Day's unbelievable success, pop-punk, melodic

Brian's picture

Longview: Looking back on the Green Day ‘riot’ at the Hatch Shell, 20 years ago today

on September 10, 2014

With the Replacements in town over the weekend for Boston Calling, there was some question of whether Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong would join the Minneapolis band on stage for a few songs. After all, Armstrong had done just that for previous ‘Mats reunion shows, including Coachella, and there was a certain anniversary on the horizon that would forever tie the Green Day frontman to our city: the 20th anniversary of the alleged “riot” at the Hatch Shell for a WFNX 101.7 FM “Welcome Back Weekend” student concert.