Green Day will be attending the opening night of the Newport Beach Film Festival on Thursday (4/25) for a special gala as they screen 'Broadway Idiot' - the first documentary in the festival's history. Then on Saturday (4/27) '¡Cuatro!' will screen as a highlight in the festival's Music Series. Idiot Nation members can enter to win tickets to both events!
April 20, 2013
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Here's good news for Green Day fans: judging from the band's sprawling two-and-half-hour set Thursday at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong seems to have slayed his demons -- or at least figured out how harness them to drive marathon-like performances.
April 19, 2013
Green Day performed at the LA Sports Arena in Los Angeles, Calif. on April 18, 2013. All images by Chad Sengstock.
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In a post-viewing Q&A, director Tim Wheeler and others who worked on the film talked about their process and why the band chose to allow such intimate access
Green Day’s documentary ¡Cuatro! screened at Los Angeles’ Sonos Studio on Wednesday, a month after it premiered at South By Southwest and one night before the band headlined the nearby 16,000-seater Sports Arena.
Indeed, Green Day may be one of the biggest rock bands in the world, but in this intimate, 90-minute look at how the three-album collection ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tre! came together, the punk trio went back to its roots: playing clubs and hunkering down in a multitude of studios, where singer Billie Joe Armstrong mined through some 65 songs.
You could say the creators of ¡Cuatro! didn’t quite know what they were getting themselves into when the project started as none of the new material had been written before filming officially began. “At one point it’s like, how are we going to fit all of this onto one record, let’s do two, and then let’s do three, and that’s really what happened, and everybody ran with it,” director Tim Wheeler said of the band’s seemingly endless inspiration during a Q&A moderated by Hollywood Reporter music editor Shirley Halperin.
April 18, 2013
April 18, 2013
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April 17, 2013
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 right now, you've got to live every moment -- every (expletive) moment."
It's safe to assume that he was referencing Monday's tragedy in Boston, but the vocalist-guitarist could've also been alluding to his own his recent experiences. His battle with substance abuse problems led him to rehab and threatened to crush Green Day's career.
It's now an older, wiser Billie Joe Armstrong who fans are seeing take the stage. Yet, one that is no less fun than the previous model.
Kicking off the show with this tour's namesake song, "99 Revolutions," Armstrong acted like a highly caffeinated kid in a candy shop for 2 ½ hours.
April 16, 2013
Green Day's American Idiot on red and black swirl vinyl.
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April 15, 2013
New photos from Providence, Toronto, Quebec City at Idiot Nation: HERE