For a significant number of Palo Alto High School graduates and their families, the June performances of American Idiot at San Jose's Center for Performing Arts represent more than just an opportunity to see the Green Day musical, which debuted in 2009 at Berkeley Rep before heading to Broadway in 2010. It's a chance to welcome home Alex Nee, who appears poised to become Paly's most famous acting alum since James Franco. After graduating from Paly in 2009, Nee was accepted into the theater program at Northwestern University. Last year, while still a 20-year-old junior, Nee was tapped to play Johnny, the Tony Award-winning musical's leading man.
June 03, 2013
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1 June, 2013: Green Day bring their Uno, Dos, Tre tour to London and send thousands of pop-punk fans into a frenzy.
“Englaaaaaaaand,” screams a wide-eyed Billie Joe Armstrong to the manic pogoing of thousands of crazed punks, “I fucking love this country.” Indeed, the fervour that meets the band and the comfort and ease with which they communicate almost makes it feel like Green Day are playing to a hometown crowd.
The UK was the first country to truly embrace the band and they controversially filmed their mammoth ‘Bullet In A Bible’ concert here. But there’s a reason why after over 25 years, Green Day still transcend age, trends and nationality.
June 02, 2013
Green Day slayed Emirates Stadium in London last night (June 1) with a two-and-a-half hour set packed with audience antics, bizarre costumes and Billie Joe Armstrong firing a huge toilet paper gun into the crowd.
The set, opening with a plethora of new material from the band's three new albums released last year – '¡Uno!', '¡Dos!' and '¡Tre!' – spanned the band's career, featuring such highlights as 'Basket Case', 'Welcome To Paradise', 'American Idiot', 'Minority' and 'Jesus Of Suburbia'.
The band were introduced by a man in a pink rabbit suit silently geeing up the crowd before Green Day emerged for a fiery '99 Revolutions' from '¡Tre!'. There followed 'Know Your Enemy' during which Billie Joe Armstrong invited a fan in a Union Jack body-stocking to clamber onstage and sing the chorus, while holding up a home-made sign saying "We Love You, Green Day".
*The man wasn't the only crowd member who took to the stage during the night: a young fan was carried from the front row to hold up a sign saying "Green Day Rocks" throughout 'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams', while another fan sang the final chorus of 'Longview' and a pink-haired girl was taught the three chords needed to play along with Operation Ivy's 'Knowledge'.
June 01, 2013