Remember when Green Day released that album that totally redefined how the mainstream saw punk? Remember when you couldn't walk ten feet anywhere without having Billie Joe Armstrong's voice stuck in your head? Remember the twelve minute long 'Jesus of Suburbia' video, and the black-shirt-red-tie combo that every male under - and, no doubt, over actually - the age of sixteen undertook? Well, that was the effect that 'American Idiot' had on the world. And that was, ohh, what, six or seven years ago? (This is where you ask how it could possibly be that long ago, by the way...)
Truth be told, when the Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong started work on adapting the 2004 concept album into a full-blown musical, it wasn't that surprising, but to think that it's still packing out theatres in the US whilst winning awards is something else. And with that, they're taking it overseas. First stop, our fair isle.
'American Idiot', the musical telling the story of that very Jesus of Suburbia, will head to the UK and Ireland late next year, performing in eight cities over nearly two months. The run will end at London's Hammersmith Apollo, with hopes that it may one day become a permanent West End feature. Only time will tell on that front...
To go and watch, sing along or simply get your old eyeliner back out for a special occasion, you can catch the musical at any of the following shows.
09 - 13 Southampton Mayflower Theatre
15 - 20 Cardiff Millennium Centre
22 - 27 Edinburgh Playhouse
29 - 31 Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
01 - 03 Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
05 - 10 Dublin Grand Canal Theatre
12 - 24 Manchester Palace Theatre
26 - 30 Birmingham Alexandra Theatre
03 - 08 London HMV Hammersmith Apollo
Full article at DIY UK: HERE