At Playbill's invitation, Mayer, who won his Best Direction Tony for Spring Awakening, sat down with collaborator Armstrong (they share book credit on the musical American Idiot) to talk about the 2004 source album and its rebirth as a Broadway rock musical.
Will Armstrong write another musical? Read on — and listen, too. We've got exclusive audio outtakes and extras.
MICHAEL MAYER: Why did you make the record "American Idiot"?
BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG: I think it was maybe a combination of some kind of artistic statement and also [a reflection of] what was happening at that time.
August 21st, 2010 - Quai Jacques Cartier (Montréal, Quebec)
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has usually kept quiet about his youth spent singing show tunes, but now that the punk rocker is opening the new musical "American Idiot" on Broadway, it's kind of hard to avoid.
"I didn't want to tell anybody I actually did that stuff—in punk rock maybe it seemed too much like I was a trained person, where punk is so about three chords and the truth or whatever," says Mr.
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A day before the opening of their new Broadway show, “American Idiot,” Green Day tells Access how amazing it feels to see “American Idiot” on Broadway and if it meets their expectations. Watch the video: HERE.
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We're back again with presales tomorrow for Green Day's upcoming North American tour with AFI this summer that you just can't miss! We have Idiot Club's opportunity to purchase presale tickets beginning TOMORROW Tuesday, March 30 starting at 12:00pm Local Venue Time via Ticketmaster (coupon code required).
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8/03/10 Susquehanna Bank Center (Camden, NJ)
In the new issue of Kerrang! magazine, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong got fans salivating when he let it slip that the band was already working on songs for the follow-up to 2009's 21st Century Breakdown.
"We did some demos in Berlin, some in Stockholm, some just outside of Glasgow and some in Amsterdam," Armstrong told the magazine. "We wanted to get [the songs] down in some early form."
From the sound of things, GD were looking to get something out sooner rather than later, a far cry from the two-plus years they spent working on Breakdown.