Look for a Green Day interview on the CBS Early Show tomorrow morning followed by a performance by the cast of American Idiot!
Green Day Want To 'Keep Adding' Earlier Songs To 'Rock Band'
'It would be great to see songs from 39/Smooth and Kerplunk,' frontman Billie Joe Armstrong says of new game's track list.
When you've got a discography that stretches all the way back to 1989, cramming all of it into one video game is sort of tough. That was exactly the problem facing Green Day when they partnered with the publishers of the "Rock Band" franchise — there was just too much music.
So while the just-released "Green Day: Rock Band" features 47 tracks spanning the band's entire career, it opens to their breakout
'Rock Band' game is virtually like seeing Green Day live
Green Day's members are having the time of their multimedia lives.
The group's Broadway musical, American Idiot, is up for three Tony Awards on Sunday. And the video game Green Day: Rock Band arrives today ($60 for PS3 and Xbox 360; $50 for Wii; rated T for ages 13-up). "It's been amazing, the things that have been happening lately," says vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong. "It's been a pretty intense experience."
Armstrong and his partners in the trio, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool, recently talked about the
'Green Day: Rock Band' Features Decades Of Dye Jobs And Tattoos
"I thought we could have a lot of fun with 'Rock Band' and highlight different times in our career," bassist Mike Dirnt said. "I thought it was a really cool way to kind of show people, you know, just different things [about the group] in a format the size of a TV set."
It seems that — nearly as much as their music — Green Day's career can be broken down into specific looks too: the baby dreadlocks and eye-popping dye jobs of the Dookie days; the bottle-blond, leather-jacket look of the Warning era; or the black spikes
Just How Much Did Green Day Do For 'Green Day: Rock Band'?
Since the guys in Green Day aren't huge gamers, it makes you wonder just how much involvement they had in the making of "Green Day: Rock Band." According to Chris Foster, the project lead on the game, quite a lot. We spoke to Foster recently about what the band brought to the table.
"The band was involved throughout the project," Foster explained. "At the beginning we would brainstorm ideas for venues with them, talk about the set list and then we proposed our set list and they gave us tweaks on that.
We're extending the deadline for the Idiot Club air guitar contest by a few
days. The new deadline is Friday, June 11th! We've gotten a few entries
from you guys, but we know there's more of you out there with a creative
edge! So get crackin' on this!
We're looking for a few good Idiot Club members to show your rock star moves
to the world! That's right-record yourself doing your best air guitar to
your favorite Green Day song and you could win some cool autographed Green
Day Rock Band Schwag!
Make sure you log in to the Idiot Club or become a member at
www.idiotclub.com for more info.
Multi-platinum selling and Grammy® Award-winning group Green Day, along with Harmonix, the leading developer of music-based games, MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks, and Reprise / Warner Bros. Records today release the standalone music video game Green Day: Rock Band™. The game is for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Wii™ system from Nintendo.
Order at GreenDayRockBand.com
Want to make that the latest piece of either your "Rock Band" arsenal or your Green Day memorabilia collection (or both)? All you need to do is take on the following challenge: What makes Green Day rock? Be imaginative, be creative, be passionate and be convincing.
All you need to do is think about why Green Day rock, then record a 30-second answer on video. Head on over to Your.MTV.com to upload your entry, and MTV News will select the best clip.