The kings of '90s punk rock revivalists, Green Day, is currently on a world tour performing over two hours of their finest power pop and pure punk rock hits, along with a mix of selections of songs from their trio of new studio albums (¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré!) that were released late last year. While that is going on, their 2004 rock opera album, American Idiot, is enjoying a long run as a touring musical after a Broadway production. It was first performed in 2009 but officially debuted in April 2010 and has since had successful runs in America and in the U.K. and Ireland, with well over 400 performances to date. The 90-minute-long Tony Award-winning stage adaptation of this Grammy-winning album is well into another stateside run and will keep running until early May of 2014.
Billie Joe Armstrong acted like a man with a new lease on life.
The Green Day leader was joyful, energetic and full of passion during his East Bay punk-pop band's sold-out concert at the Greek Theatre. He was happy to be home and performing for the first time in years in Berkeley. Heck, he was just happy period.
"We're all alive," he exclaimed to the 8,500 fans in attendance. "We're all still (expletive) alive!"
What we were witnessing in that moment was a man who had learned, perhaps the hard way, the importance of taking time to smell the roses.
"With so much scary (expletive) going on