Green Day has come a long way from "Dookie," tackling increasingly serious subject matter as it pushed into its second decade with acclaimed albums "American Idiot" and "21st Century Breakdown." As they engaged the crowd in a massive mud fight at the Woodstock 25th anniversary festival in 1994, who in their right mind would have guessed that the Bay area pop punks would one day serve as the inspiration for a Broadway musical?
That doesn't mean that the band has abandoned its roots.
American Idiot, La Cage aux Folles, A Little Night Music, Fela!, Memphis, Million Dollar Quartet, The Addams Family and Promises, Promises are among the new Broadway shows that will perform at the popular outdoor concert series Broadway in Bryant Park. Other long-running musicals such as Next to Normal, Wicked, South Pacific and In The Heights will also appear at the midtown Manhattan park, as well as the off-Broadway shows Stomp and Nunsense.
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It's been a fixture at recent Green Day shows for the band to pick a hyperventilating fan out of the crowd and have them sing "Longview," but rarely — if ever — do they perform the song as mightily as 17-year-old Dan Michie, who wowed fans with his rendition (and boundless enthusiasm) during the band's Saturday night set at Lollapalooza.
In fact, Michie ruled the stage to such an extent that MTV News tracked
American Idiot, La Cage aux Folles, A Little Night Music, Fela!, Memphis, Million Dollar Quartet, The Addams Family and Promises, Promises are among the new Broadway shows that will perform at the popular outdoor concert series Broadway in Bryant Park.
Show was crazy in atlanta!! It was hot as fuck.. Literally!! Highlight- the banana dude!
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You realize how long Green Day has been around (and how many hits they’ve scored) when you ogle their audience Monday night at the Verizon-Wireless-Amphitheatre-at-Encore-Park in Alpharetta.and see hundreds of Moms and Dads in their 30s, 40s and 50s bringing their children — and even grandchildren — to see the venerable punk rock band.
Is Green Day punk? How can a punk band sell 15 million copies of its major label debut? What punk band writes an opera that gets produced on Broadway?
And if Green Day is punk, what were all these little kids doing out on a school night, shoving their
Tre stuck in elevator for an hour at 4 seasons in chicago!!!
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Green Day, of course, pummeled, powered, and pulled out all the stops during their two-plus hour set, reaching deep into their expansive back catalog and using every crowd-pleasing trick in the rock-band hat. And then they invented a few more stunts just for the sake of it. Seriously, if it weren't for the city of Chicago's noise ordinances, they'd probably still be at it.
Bottle-blonde Billie Joe Armstrong bounded back and forth across the stage, led the crowd in countless sing-a-longs, pranced, danced, collapsed, rose again, and at one point, played a solo with his guitar behind his
Green Day have come an awful long way since their humble beginnings as a regular act in small clubs in the late '80s. Through a gradual increase in the band's popularity and progressive improvements in their live chops, they have evolved into a slick, well-oiled rock and roll machine. They brought their big-time, stadium-sized sensibilities to the final slot of Lollapalooza's Saturday night (August 7) and delivered an incredible set of tracks that have evolved into classics.
Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is especially impressive, as he careens from one end of the stage to the other