On the afternoon of Aug. 9, Green Day announced they were doing a first-come, first-served secret show at the 300-person capacity Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa. Yes, we were incredulous. Green Day were selling $20 tickets to the show to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and it seemed like a prank when it was first announced. Except it wasn't.
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August 15, 2011
Green Day are the latest musicians to pay tribute to Amy Winehouse.
The band held a secret show at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa, Calif., last week, where they debuted a new tune honoring the late singer, titled "Amy."
Listen to the song here...
Green Day surprised fans by debuting 15 new songs during a last minute show at the Tiki Bar 1700 Placentia in Costa Mesa, California last week.
Along with playing a slew of previously unheard tracks, Green Day honored the late Amy Winehouse by debuting a new song, "Amy," at their "secret" show in Costa Mesa, Calif., last Thursday (Aug. 11). Three days later, the band posted the full lyrics to the song on its official website.
Thanks everyone for coming out to the show Thursday night and
supporting us and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. We have been in
jamming and writing new songs for the last few months. It felt great to play these new Green Day songs live and share our "work in progress".. Stay tuned for more!
Love green day
Fanbase Music Magazine sits down with Billie Joe's brother, Allen Oller. Check it out here.
For the encore, Billie Joe came back alone onstage with his electric guitar and did another new one, "Amy" (overheard in the audience: "I wish my name was Amy!"). The band rejoined Billie Joe onstage for an Ozzy cover, "Goodbye to Romance," a real arena singalong, complete with lighters in the air. As Billie Joe crooned the last few lines, "I said goodbye to romance/Goodbye to friends, I tell you/Goodbye to all the past/I guess that we`ll meet/We`ll meet in the end," it really felt like the end of the night. But when the final schmaltzy notes faded away . . . the band surged right into the all too familiar intro of "Welcome to Paradise." And if the crowd wasn't already stoked enough--Green Day, Costa Mesa, Tiki Bar, Billie Joe's water on their clothing--the audience was renewed with those eight familiar, tried-and-trues: "Burnout," "Murder City," "J.A.R.," "Only of You," "Hitchin' a Ride," "St. Jimmy," "Minority."
August 11, 2011
Rock Seen by Bob Gruen
For 40 years, Bob Gruen’s name has been synonymous with rock and roll. From taking early photos on tour with Ike and Tina Turner and capturing the early CBGB/Max’s Kansas City scene, to hanging out with John and Yoko and covering current stadium rockers such as Green Day, Gruen has always been at the right place at the right time—and he’s always gotten the shot.
In Rock Seen, Gruen has curated his favorite photographs from his career and paired them with intimate captions and behind-the-scenes anecdotes. This lavish monograph features such illustrious acts as the Clash, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, and much more, and includes an introduction by the legendary Debbie Harry of Blondie. The official monograph of rock and roll’s most famous photographer, Rock Seen is a must-have for all rock fans.
Presale tickets will be available beginning at 1:00pm PST today. As usual, tickets are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.