The business of rock -- the creative juices, the vibe, the sound and fury, the rage, the excitement, the whole kit and caboodle -- is very lacking these days. Songs come and go, like cotton candy -- looks good, tastes good, but leaves no lasting impression other than a disgusting sugary aftertaste. Few can scale the heights and maintain the majesty of RAWK! One would be hard-pressed to find young rock bands today with the chops and creativity to sustain four to five decades of arena-sized music making like the Stones, Tom Petty, KISS, The Boss, AC/DC, The Who, U2. I would argue there is perhaps just one band excellent enough to carry that very heavy torch and to wave it high and wide -- GREEN DAY. Formed in Berkley in 1987, they are well on their way. Moreover, this year marks their 25th anniversary in the music biz.
Green Day has swag. Bucket loads; over flowing with sweat, blood, and beer. Saturday night at packed-to-the-rafters house at the very intimate Irving Plaza in NYC, Green Day help launch the new Nokia Music streaming on AT&T, streaming their first 3 songs, and in doing so cemented their legacy, in my mind and certainly the ravenous fans lucky enough to be in attendance on Saturday evening.This little ol' trio of guitarist/vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool (along with long time touring guitarist Jason White, keyboardist/vocalist Jason Freese, and rhythm guitarist/vocalist Jeff Matika) from Berkley, Cali brought their rich catalog to life. I loved it, the crowd loved it, their corporate sponsors loved it, and we would assume all the folks that listened to it on mobile devices and computers loved it!
Songs? You bet. Plenty of melody with simple lyrics evoking provocative positions both socially and emotionally. The hits were plenty and plenty of new hits were showcased, it was a career-spanning set. In fact, their latest chart-topping single, "Oh Love" (video below), continues their chart dominance. Billie Joe Armstrong knows his way around three chords and he makes it sound effortless. His band deliver on his promise to ignite and rally youth culture even though the band is no longer young, broke, or struggling. They have ascended into the pantheon of rock legend, firing on all cylinders, at the top of their game. A rock 'n' roll band for this millennium. Proof in the recent success of American Idiot on Broadway (though I still maintain it could have been an ongoing hit Off Broadway a la Blue Man Group. But I digress...) As we have seen, the multi-platinum smash Dookie was no fluke. Chart topping, award-winning punk rock operas like American Idiot (2004) and 21st Century Breakdown (2009) have further cemented the band's legacy as a band with staying power. Moreover, 65 million records sold worldwide, 5 Grammys, and enough hit records and great music to satiate even the most casual music fan. And not one to rest on their laurels, Green Day will release a staggered trilogy - Green Day ¡Uno!, Green Day ¡Dos!, and Green Day ¡Tré! -- on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012; November 13th, 2012, and January 15th, 2013, respectively and tour arenas in support of those releases.
Full article at Huffington Post: HERE