August 03, 2014
Ever since Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong bought his first Les Paul junior back in 2000, he's been hooked. Since then he's rarely seen on stage without one. Throughout the past decade, Billie Joe has played various Les Paul Jr's, a Les Paul Special, an SG, and his acoustic signature Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong J-180. Armstrong has even gone so far as to play old Green Day songs, that were originally recorded on other types of guitars, on his LP Jr. So let’s take a look at Billie Joe live on stage with his many Gibson guitars!
“The first time I ever picked up a Les Paul Junior,
In New York for radio and TV appearances and performances, they spoke on Monday by phone with Melena Ryzik, in individual interviews, about their early influences, their latest grooming habits and the transition to rock star life. “Currently we’re driving through New York, and there’s many people banging on the windows,” Mr. Irwin said. “Sorry if I seem distracted.” These are excerpts from their conversations.
Q. You started out posting covers on YouTube. What was your inspiration?
Luke Hemmings What really got me into music is the band Good Charlotte, when I was 10. And then it grew into
Billie Joe Armstrong isn’t the kind of dude who just sits around on the couch all summer watching soccer and baseball. No, the Green Day singer can’t sit still, which explains why during a break between his band’s touring and recording he’s scored the coolest summer job ever: rhythm guitarist for the reunited Replacements.
Starting with surprise appearance at Coachella in April where BJA helped the legendary 1980s Minneapolis shamble punk icons out by assisting ailing ‘Mats singer Paul Westerberg (who was laid low by persistent back problems), Billie has seemingly joined on as an unofficial
As Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena approaches reopening, we take a look at the best acts that have played there in its long history…
Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena reopens in September amid a £26m redevelopment project.
The whole of the venue will be renovated over the coming months, including huge “sky needles” on top of the venue lighting up the Birmingham Skyline at night.
The NIA, due to complete its renovation by December has started The Memory Stage, a social media drive to archive people’s memories of their best experiences at the venue.
With that in mind, we scoured through