October 17, 2013
A fast-paced, thoroughly entertaining if hardly trenchant show biz documentary, "Broadway Idiot" traces how Green Day's Grammy Award-winning concept album/rock opera "American Idiot" was turned into a "Rent"-like stage musical and brought to the Great White Way with seemingly little discord or drama. If there was, in fact, any conflict or tension between the 2010 musical's director Michael Mayer and Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong (they co-wrote the show's book) - much less any issues with or among the cast, crew or producers (the latter go oddly unseen here)
April 11, 2013 |
Billie Joe Armstrong, co-founder of Grammy-winning Green Day, has sold his Newport Beach cottage for $1.625 million. The 924-square-foot house, with three bedrooms and four bathrooms, came on the market in the fall at $1.895 million. First constructed in 1946 and later totally rebuilt, the two-story cottage includes vaulted ceilings and a patio with an outdoor shower. Armstrong, 41, is the lead vocalist, a guitarist and a songwriter for the punk band and also performs with Pinhead Gunpowder.
November 12, 2012 |
Green Day "Dos!" (Warner Bros.) Three and a half stars What a difference a year - and an onstage outburst - make. Near the beginning of 2012, the commercial rock world was abuzz with news of Green Day's forthcoming trio of studio albums. On a winning streak that included the hit Broadway musical "American Idiot" and the double whammy of studio albums "American Idiot" and "21st Century Breakdown," the band had announced that the records, called "Uno!" "Dos!" and "Tre!
September 24, 2012 |
Green Day singer and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong not only smashed a perfectly good guitar during the group's performance over the weekend at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas, he also joined a long list of pop and rock artists who have exploded spectacularly in public. There may be no such thing as a well-timed public meltdown, but some incidents throughout pop music history have seemed considerably more unfortunate than others. PHOTOS: Unfortunately timed pop meltdowns | Celebrity meltdowns Some add up to simply bad marketing and publicity for the act, as when country singer Keith Urban checked himself into rehab just two weeks before the release of a new album that was the subject of a major label promotion campaign.
September 24, 2012 |
Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong is heading to rehab just days before the band is to release the first of three new albums. The revelation comes less than 48 hours after Armstrong ranted and smashed his guitar at Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. Green Day, along with Usher and Rihanna, was one of the headliners Friday night at the MGM Grand. Armstrong cut short a performance of 1994 hit "Basket Case," hollering that he wanted to play a new song, and then called attention to a digital ticker that said the band had one minute left onstage. He used that last 60 seconds to vent . It's ridden with too many expletives to quote directly. PHOTOS: Celebrity meltdowns "Give me a ... break," Armstrong shouted.
September 23, 2012 |
First came Billie Joe Armstrong's rant, and now comes rehab. The Green Day singer lost it at the end of the band's iHeartRadio Festival set Friday in Las Vegas, launching into a profanity-filled tirade when he thought their set was being cut short. (It wasn't.) After, ahem, clarifying with the audience that he wasn't Justin Bieber -- we're guessing there wasn't much doubt in the first place, especially as the Biebs wasn't on the bill -- Armstrong smashed his guitar and hurled the remnants out into the audience.