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  • “American Idiot,” the 2010 Broadway hit musical — the first punk rock opera, really — now at the Hippodrome, paints a searing portrait of restless, reckless youth, with all the sex, drugs and violence you’d expect from a disaffected generation.

    That the show also manages to be entertaining and exhilarating just bumps up the cool factor, which is already considerable, given that the music is by the popular band Green Day and drawn from the 2004 album “American Idiot.”

    Front man Billie Joe Armstrong collaborated on the book with Maryland native Michael Mayer, who directs the production with the same dynamic touch he brought to another hit musical about young angst, “Spring Awakening.”

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    May 09, 2013
    Kanye isn't the only mortal performer to stake out a spot in the Holy Trinity. Here are the most noteworthy instances of musicians going God mode.

    Rock'n'roll may have originated in a deal with the devil, but some stars choose to set their sights higher — much higher. From Billy Crudup's supposedly Robert Plant-inspired and acid-enlightened exclamation, "I am a golden god!" in Almost Famous to Kanye's new single, "I Am a God," there's a long, (vain)glorious tradition of musicians donning a metaphorical beard and robe and assuming the mantle of divinity.

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  • Premier Guitar's Chris Kies is on location at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb, IL, where he catches up with Green Day's guitar and bass techs before their spring 2013 "99 Revolutions' tour in support of their three latest albums, 'Uno,' 'Dos,' and 'Tre'.'

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  • Bethany Cosentino Talks Green Day, College Parties, New EP, May 9 UCSB Show

    As a California kid who grew up in the ’90s, the opportunity to go on tour with Green Day is a pretty big deal. Did you freak out a bit when you found out? Yeah, I was definitely shocked when we got asked. Like, I couldn’t believe they wanted to take us on tour. I grew up listening to Dookie, so it was like one of my childhood idols asking to take my band on tour. It was totally awesome.

    How did the shows go? They went really well.

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  • The night of rock'n'roll mayhem, taking place on Thursday 13 June, this year moves to an exciting new East End venue, Troxy, and will be hosted by blink-182 legend Mark Hoppus and Anthrax guitar god Scott Ian.

    "Once again the Relentless Kerrang! Awards returns to celebrate all that is great and good in rock music," says Kerrang! Editor James McMahon. "I can say for a fact that all other awards ceremonies are crap compared to ours.

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  • Penn State grad Alison Morooney - in her first professional job - offers a peek behind the mosh-pit atmosphere, a tour bus full of twenty somethings and 'a lot of sex.'

    Alison Morooney never thought she was a rocker. She wasn't even a huge Green Day fan before she auditioned for musical "American Idiot." More than 175 shows later, her tune has changed. Green Day's anthem to suburban ennui, finding yourself and thrashing out the meaning of life resonates now.4

    Full article at Naples News: HERE

    Tickets for upcoming 'American Idiot' performances: HERE

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  • Each week, Val Haller, a music-obsessed baby boomer and the founder of the Web site, matches tracks from her generation to those of her 20-something sons’ generation.

    My grandfather would say, “I’m feeling a bit punk.”

    My father would say, “That kid is a punk.”

    My husband would say, “Remember that punk band the Ramones?”

    My son would say, “You’ve been punked.”

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition opens to the general public on May 9: “Punk: From Chaos to Couture.”

    Punk music is neither my favorite nor my forte.

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  • Joke-rap trio the Lonely Island (aka Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer) have announced their third album, The Wack Album, out on June 11 through Republic.

    Like 2011's Turtleneck & Chain and 2009's Incredibad, The Wack Album is full of big names (some of whom they've worked with in the past): Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar, Solange, Lady Gaga, Pharrell Williams, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Maroon 5's Adam Levine, T-Pain, to name a few. 

    Beginning tomorrow, the trio will launch "Wack Wednesdays", a series on their YouTube channel. It will feature new videos and music and more.

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  • We’ve got a TON of Green Day guitar picks in our special bag of tricks that we want to pass along to you! Want a chance to win? We’re giving away a pair of guitar picks to 100 lucky IN members. All you have to do is enter below. It’s that easy! Only one entry per person will be qualified. Look for winners to be announced Friday, May 10th. Good luck!

    Login to Idiot Nation: HERE

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  • Michael Mayer teamed with punk rock star Billie Joe Armstrong to make hit musical, coming to Hippodrome

    Michael Mayer knows a thing or two about coming of age.

    The Maryland-born director won a Tony Award for his work guiding the 2006 Broadway hit "Spring Awakening," which chronicles teens getting a grip on their budding sexuality. In 2010, he directed "American Idiot," a punk rock musical based on the Green Day album of that name, which follows a group of cynical, spent youths as they seek excitement in a big city.

    Mayer didn't just direct the latter, but collaborated on the book with Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong. "American Idiot," which reaches Baltimore next week as part of a national tour, solidified Mayer's reputation as one of the most gifted figures on the theater scene.

    "For me, a journey of self-discovery and identity, regardless of context, is always great material for a musical," Mayer, 52, said. "When you consider the jaded kids in 'American Idiot,' products of those bad Bush years, how different, really, are they from Dorothy Gale in drab Kansas, going off to Oz and coming back home again?"

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