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April 27, 2013
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 staff busily attended to guests in formal attire. Big Newport has never looked lovelier in the Orange County sunset, proudly flaring its bright neon lights against the purple and pink-colored sky. The line of audience members stretched far past where I could see, but the crowd went wild at the arrival of Broadway Idiot's main protagonists, Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt of Green Day. Also spotted on the red carpet: Michael Gladis, who plays Paul Kinsey on AMC's stellar "Mad Men," and stars in the festival's first Friday night showcase feature In Security.
Right before the screening, the members of Green Day were invited to deliver some opening words.
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April 26, 2013
Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool, and Mike Dirnt -- a.k.a. punk rock's Green Day -- attended the Thursday night premiere of their documentary Broadway Idiot, which also officially kicked off the 14th annual Newport Beach Film Festival.
Click HERE to watch the arrival on the red carpet.