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    GREEN DAY PREVIEW NEW SONGS AT HALLOWEEN SHOW
    October 27, 2011

    "We're playing a lot of new songs," Billie Joe Armstrong acknowledged about a
    third of the way through Green Day's
    intimate New York City show last night. "People hang onto that shit like it's a
    sacred cow. I say fuck it – cows are meant to be eaten." And so, much like the
    band's last-minute Los Angeles show in August, last night's surprise gig on the
    East Coast served as a test run of sorts for Green Day's upcoming album, with
    about half of the set list consisting of new material. The show was also being
    documented for a film about the band's creative process on the new album.

    The show at New York City's 300-person capacity Studio at Webster Hall was
    announced Wednesday morning, and $20 tickets quickly sold out, with offers
    climbing into the hundreds of dollars on Craigslist. While Armstrong
    acknowledged the next Green Day album technically doesn't exist yet, last
    night's performance showcased songs that are certainly stadium-ready. The sound
    of last night's set continues the lush arrangements of American
    Idiot
    and 21st
    Century Breakdown
    , incorporating tight harmonies, big hooks and power
    guitars. On the new material, though, lyrics seemed less about making a big
    statement and more about a straightforward assessment: "Wow, That's Loud" and
    "Make Out Party" leave little question as to their subject matter. The former
    was an up-tempo tune with plenty of catchy guitar riffs; while Armstrong
    introduced the latter as a slow dance, it had more of a gritty sexual drive that
    found Armstrong spitting out the lyrics at points.

    Other new music included the blistering Ramones-tinged "Let Yourself Go"
    ("Shut your mouth 'cause you're talking too much and I don't give a fuck
    anyway"), the driving beat and sing-along chorus of "Carpe Diem," and the strut
    of "Oh Love." After focusing on new material for over an hour (plus Elvis cover
    of "Blue Moon of Kentucky" and three raucous renditions of the Misfits' "Hybrid
    Moments," just 'cause), Green Day returned to the stage to tear through a
    collection of fan favorites. The mood immediately shifted – while the crowd had
    listened enthusiastically to the newer songs, the tiny room had the feel of an
    early-era Green Day performance as soon as they launched into "Murder City."
    "Letterbomb," "Hitchin' a Ride," "Geek Stink Breath," "She," "Paradise" and
    "2000 Light Years Away" followed in quick succession, each generating a furious
    crowd energy to match the band's playing.

    In addition to an intimate performance, the show was billed as a "Halloween
    Party and Concert" and Green Day did not disappoint. When they took the stage at
    11:45 p.m. Armstrong channeled Jack Skellington from Tim Burton's A
    Nightmare Before Christmas, Tre Cool wore a pink fairy dress and blonde
    wig, and Mike Dirnt sported all black and zombie make-up. At one point,
    Armstrong acknowledged an Edward Cullen look-a-like in the crowd (and rumors
    that Robert Pattinson was Armstrong's pick for a role in the American
    Idiot film), joking, "Thanks for trying out for the American Idiot
    movie. But I'm sorry, you just didn't make the cut."

    Still, Armstrong and Co. embraced their real American Idiot Broadway
    family during the night: three-fourths of the opening band starred in the show
    (John Gallagher, Jr., Michael Esper and Gerard Canonico) and the night's set
    open and closed with a cover of "Monster Mash" with backing help from the show's
    Rebecca Naomi Jones and Alysha Umphress. After reciting the lyrics from "Monster
    Mash" to close the show, Armstrong bid the audience good-night with a simple,
    yet characteristic, "You're all quite welcome" and walked off
    stage.



    Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/green-day-preview-stadium-ready-new-songs-at-nyc-halloween-show-20111028#ixzz1c6xMNQ8a

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on October 27, 2011

"We're playing a lot of new songs," Billie Joe Armstrong acknowledged about a
third of the way through Green Day's
intimate New York City show last night. "People hang onto that shit like it's a
sacred cow. I say fuck it – cows are meant to be eaten." And so, much like the
band's last-minute Los Angeles show in August, last night's surprise gig on the
East Coast served as a test run of sorts for Green Day's upcoming album, with
about half of the set list consisting of new material. The show was also being
documented for a film about the band's creative process on the new album.

The show at New York City's 300-person capacity Studio at Webster Hall was
announced Wednesday morning, and $20 tickets quickly sold out, with offers
climbing into the hundreds of dollars on Craigslist. While Armstrong
acknowledged the next Green Day album technically doesn't exist yet, last
night's performance showcased songs that are certainly stadium-ready. The sound
of last night's set continues the lush arrangements of American
Idiot
and 21st
Century Breakdown
, incorporating tight harmonies, big hooks and power
guitars. On the new material, though, lyrics seemed less about making a big
statement and more about a straightforward assessment: "Wow, That's Loud" and
"Make Out Party" leave little question as to their subject matter. The former
was an up-tempo tune with plenty of catchy guitar riffs; while Armstrong
introduced the latter as a slow dance, it had more of a gritty sexual drive that
found Armstrong spitting out the lyrics at points.

Other new music included the blistering Ramones-tinged "Let Yourself Go"
("Shut your mouth 'cause you're talking too much and I don't give a fuck
anyway"), the driving beat and sing-along chorus of "Carpe Diem," and the strut
of "Oh Love." After focusing on new material for over an hour (plus Elvis cover
of "Blue Moon of Kentucky" and three raucous renditions of the Misfits' "Hybrid
Moments," just 'cause), Green Day returned to the stage to tear through a
collection of fan favorites. The mood immediately shifted – while the crowd had
listened enthusiastically to the newer songs, the tiny room had the feel of an
early-era Green Day performance as soon as they launched into "Murder City."
"Letterbomb," "Hitchin' a Ride," "Geek Stink Breath," "She," "Paradise" and
"2000 Light Years Away" followed in quick succession, each generating a furious
crowd energy to match the band's playing.

In addition to an intimate performance, the show was billed as a "Halloween
Party and Concert" and Green Day did not disappoint. When they took the stage at
11:45 p.m. Armstrong channeled Jack Skellington from Tim Burton's A
Nightmare Before Christmas, Tre Cool wore a pink fairy dress and blonde
wig, and Mike Dirnt sported all black and zombie make-up. At one point,
Armstrong acknowledged an Edward Cullen look-a-like in the crowd (and rumors
that Robert Pattinson was Armstrong's pick for a role in the American
Idiot film), joking, "Thanks for trying out for the American Idiot
movie. But I'm sorry, you just didn't make the cut."

Still, Armstrong and Co. embraced their real American Idiot Broadway
family during the night: three-fourths of the opening band starred in the show
(John Gallagher, Jr., Michael Esper and Gerard Canonico) and the night's set
open and closed with a cover of "Monster Mash" with backing help from the show's
Rebecca Naomi Jones and Alysha Umphress. After reciting the lyrics from "Monster
Mash" to close the show, Armstrong bid the audience good-night with a simple,
yet characteristic, "You're all quite welcome" and walked off
stage.



Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/green-day-preview-stadium-ready-new-songs-at-nyc-halloween-show-20111028#ixzz1c6xMNQ8a