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September 21, 2014
For Green Day, George W. Bush's administration wasn't much fun, but it did inspire a career revival most acts would (metaphorically) kill for. When the recordings for a follow-up called Cigarettes and Valentines was stolen, guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool decided to regroup and record something completely different -- a rock opera in the vein of the Who's Tommy and Jesus Christ Superstar.
It was crazy enough to work. Four years since Warning, fans were finally thirsting for new Green Day again, and lead single "American Idiot" was strong enough to be
Armstrong makes a favorable impression as a featured player in the new independent film Like Sunday, Like Rain.Posted bySeptember 19, 2014
Local rock star Billie Joe Armstrong is the lead singer-songwriter-guitarist of five-time Grammy Award-and two-time Tony Award-winning punk band GREEN DAY, one of the world’s best-selling groups of all time. After releasing successful albums Dookie, Insomniac, Nimrod, and Warning, Green Day conquered Broadway with the musical version of their rock opera album American Idiot. Fleshing out his diverse resume, Armstrong makes a favorable impression as a featured player in the new independent film Like Sunday, Like Rain.
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September 17, 2014
Green Day’s American Idiot 10 Years On! The Amazing Untold Story…
American Idiot didn’t just define a decade, it saved a punk rock institution. Through the eyes of its key players, Kerrang! find out how… PLUS! The 50 greatest albums of the noughties: All Time Low, 30 Seconds To Mars, Linkin Park and more speak! Foo Fighters take over the UK, Pierce The Veil‘s Vic Fuentes and Sleeping With Sirens‘ Kellin Quinn go head-to-head before their world tour hits the UK, K!
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We've glanced at the albums that defined 1984. Then we checked in with 50 albums that characterized 1994.
Now it's 2004's turn!
It was a year that saw tragedy—and a sea change in mainstream rock and guitar-centric music.
In 2004, the landscape of mainstream rock was jarred once again by Green Day's American Idiot. An incredibly ambitious rock opera that touched on politics, depression and suburban ennui, it shifted millions of copies and re-established the trio as the American pop-punk band.
Having had the way paved by Green Day's unbelievable success, pop-punk, melodic
September 10, 2014
With the Replacements in town over the weekend for Boston Calling, there was some question of whether Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong would join the Minneapolis band on stage for a few songs. After all, Armstrong had done just that for previous ‘Mats reunion shows, including Coachella, and there was a certain anniversary on the horizon that would forever tie the Green Day frontman to our city: the 20th anniversary of the alleged “riot” at the Hatch Shell for a WFNX 101.7 FM “Welcome Back Weekend” student concert.
September 10, 2014
The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Santa Barbara took place over the weekend and one special walker was Mike Dirnt, bassist for the rock band Green Day.
Mike walked in support of his wife, Brittney Cade Dirnt, who was diagnosed with breast cancer this past April at the young age of 31. Mike and their family participated in the Avon Walk to show their support not only for Brittney, but for everyone currently fighting this disease.
“I was moved by the Avon Walk this weekend,” said Mike Dirnt, “My wife is currently battling this disease, so it was both inspiring and encouraging to speak with
Quick: Close your eyes and picture the coolest group of people imaginable. If an image of ‘90s-era record-store employees popped into your head, then you’ve probably seen Empire Records one or two dozen times. The teen comedy, about a group of youthful workers trying to save their record store from a corporate takeover, bombed on its release in 1995. Nonetheless, the movie – which counted Liv Tyler, Renee Zellweger, and Ethan Embry among its stars – developed a loyal following on home video, and produced a classic soundtrack. Over at Buzzfeed, Anne Helen Peterson has written up a history of
September 02, 2014
Fans of the hit Green Day musical American Idiot will be happy to hear that after the national tour closed in May, plans were put into motion to bring the rock show to the college level-apropos to its age demographic and subject matter. Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia, known for its dedication to pop/rock voice training will be the first school to premiere the work on the non-professional level. According to Musical Theatre International's website, it is currently the only licensed production of the show.
Musical Theatre Program Coordinator Jonathan Flom has been working with