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James Hetfield + Billie Joe Armstrong Headline San Francisco’s ‘Acoustic 4 a Cure’ Benefit

on March 20, 2014

Metallica frontman James Hetfield and Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong will lead the talent lineup at the upcoming pediatric cancer benefit ‘Acoustic 4 a Cure‘ in San Francisco. The event will take place Thursday, May 15 at The Fillmore in San Francisco, with the proceeds from the show going to the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

Both Bay Area musicians will be joined by a stellar music lineup. Sammy Hagar, Train‘s Pat Monahan, guitar great Joe Satriani, Heart‘s Nancy Wilson and Scott Mathews are also on the bill for the acoustic benefit.

Hetfield has been working with Metallica on a new

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48 Best Things We Saw at SXSW 2014 - ROLLING STONE

on March 17, 2014

BEST ALTER EGO: Foxboro Hot Tubs

"We're Foxboro Hot Tubs from Austin, Texas!" Billie Joe Armstrong lied to a packed indoor theater at Stubb's BBQ on Saturday. The Hot Tubs — a long-running Green Day side project — rocked with pure abandon, as if Armstrong had become a new man when freed of his trio's brand name. They ripped up a mix of Foxboro originals, covers, and Green Day tunes (though no famous Green Day tunes), in front of a delirious fist-pumping crowd.

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‘These Paper Bullets!,’ a Shakespeare-Beatles Pastiche

on March 14, 2014

“Let me get this straight,” Billie Joe Armstrong said to the playwright and screenwriter Rolin Jones over drinks last year. “You’re going to rewrite Shakespeare, and I’m going to rewrite the Beatles?”

The improbable show Mr. Jones was pitching to Mr. Armstrong, the Green Day frontman, opens next week at Yale Repertory Theater with the title “These Paper Bullets!” and the helpful subtitle, “A Modish Rip-Off of William Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing.’ ” Mr.

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BWW Interviews: Carson Higgins Talks Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT

on March 13, 2014

Green Day took Broadway by storm with their hit musical AMERICAN IDIOT, which is more-or-less a stage adaption of their record-breaking album by the same title and also features select music from 21st Century Breakdown, Green Day b-sides, and the song "When It's Time." The musical tells the story of three disillusioned young American men who look for meaning in modern American life. With only a week until the show hits Houston stages, I chatted with Cason Higgins, who plays the adventurous drug dealer St. Jimmy, about the rock musical.

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