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Critic's Notebook: Green Day's '¡Uno!' is, No. 1, overly commercial

Is this a 21st century breakdown? The band's punk rock rebellion is now slick and Clear Channel-ready. Which puts the weekend's events into another perspective.

September 24, 2012|By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic

Maybe "¡Dos!" will be the shocker. But the announcement Green Day published on Sunday doesn't bode well for the band's future of breaking big rules.

The band acknowledged Armstrong's entry into rehab — then got down on its knees to kiss Clear Channel's ring. "We would like everyone to know that our set was not cut short by Clear Channel and to apologize to those we offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas." A different statement could have affirmed the central argument that Armstrong had — "I'm not Justin Bieber!" — by apologizing to their fans for participating in the corporate dance that sustains the Biebers of the world in the first place. They could have spoken truth to power by explaining the complicated set of machinations that necessitated their participation.

Instead, as with much of "¡Uno!," the band took the path of least resistance.

randall.roberts@latimes.com

Green Day

"¡Uno!"

Warner Bros.

2 1/2 stars

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