American Idiot, the Green Day musical that traveled from Berkeley Repertory Theatre to Broadway, Britain and beyond comes home with an exclusive screening of a new film. Broadway Idiot, a documentary about the making of Green Day’s American Idiot, debuted to stellar reviews at last month’s South by Southwest Film Festival. Now it returns to Berkeley Rep, where it all began. Broadway Idiot plays for one night only –Saturday, May 4 at 8pm. Tickets are only $10 and $20. Reserve yours at Berkeleyrep.org.
April 28, 2013
Bringing a band on stage is a blast. You get backstage, a free bottle of water, some skittles, usually a contact high, and a cool backstage sticker that proves you didn’t hop the fence. Sometimes you even get to meet the band and that’s exactly what happened to KROQ contest winner Peter from Ontario. He called and called and called as we ran a contest to not only bring Green Day on stage at The LA Sports Arena, but to also get an autographed guitar AND to met Tre, Mike, and Billy Joe backstage. Peter won the contest. Not bad.
Full article at KROQ: HERE
April 27, 2013
Look for Billie Joe to be featured in a new book by tattoo artist, Kat Von D. "Go Big or Go Home" is available now: HERE
Green Day at The Greek Theater in Berkeley, California on April 16, 2013 by Natalie Nesser
"It's been a long time since I've been able to say this. Berkeley, California!" shouted Billie Joe Armstrong to his screaming hometown crowd at The Greek Theater on April 16th, blowing kisses to the audience as a green-haired Tre Cool ran up to the drums, bassist Mike Dirnt took command of the spot to his left, and a stoic Jason White stood to his right... and the energy only escalated from there.
Opening with the tour theme song "99 Revolutions" from Green Day's latest trilogy album iTRE!, all I could think was Holy Fuck! The light show. The heart-pumping energy. The band members' inability to age. It all came together in one perfect moment to remind us all, despite events of the last six months, a golden oldies seniors tour this was not. As a legacy band, Green Day pulled off a rare and amazing feat: they really can have it both ways, simply because they've earned it.
For the first time in its fourteen-year long history, the Newport Beach Film Festival kicked off the year's season with a documentary film that packs as much wallop and frenetic energy as a mosh pit circle.
Director Doug Hamilton's Broadway Idiot follows world-famous punk band Green Day as their album American Idiot is transformed into a Broadway musical. Hamilton captures the process from beginning to end, juxtaposed with Green Day's own trajectory to super stardom.
The opening night red carpet affair was all a-flutter with photographers and press lined up, while the festival volunteers and