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November 5, 1999
After two Billy Joes, New Orleans Coach Mike Ditka may try a Danny against the Buccaneers. First-string quarterback Billy Joe Hobert is injured again and Ditka has doubts about second-stringer Billy Joe Tolliver. That means the Saints may resort to third-string quarterback Danny Wuerffel, famous for working magic down the road at Florida. The 49ers spent the week practicing plays from the shotgun, a formation they haven't used for 20 years.
April 19, 2014 | By Todd Martens
"We're the world's greatest Replacements cover band," Paul Westerberg cracked as his band took the stage Friday night at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. He may have been joking, but there was more than a little truth to his remark, in part because Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong would arrive a few songs later and take over vocal duties.  On the first day of the second weekend of the desert festival, a number of the marquee acts were seeking to recapture the magic of days gone by, including headliners Outkast.
July 21, 1989 | BRIAN HEWITT, Times Staff Writer
He still hasn't thrown a pass in a professional football game--"live bullets" is the way Charger Coach Dan Henning puts it. But rookie quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver continues to dominate the early focus of the 1989 Chargers. Tolliver was the third player selected by the Chargers (51st overall) in last spring's college draft. And like 20 other Chargers, he was still unsigned Thursday, two days before the rookies and free agents were scheduled to begin summer training camp at UC San Diego.
October 23, 2013 | By August Brown
If you're a music fan who woke up today expecting a Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones collaborative album of Everly Brothers songs, we'd like to buy you a drink and get some advice for betting on the ponies.  The Green Day frontman and jazz-folk chanteuse indeed have a new album, "Foreverly," devoted to the classic vocal group. It's a full cover of the Brothers' 1958 album "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. " Armstrong told Stereogum that the brisk nine-day studio collaboration was "kinda like a blind date" that started with a cold call to Jones.
September 7, 1989 | Dave Distel
Imagine you were sitting in front of your crystal ball a year ago, and you had switched it to ESPN to see what might be upcoming in the world of San Diego sports. Chris Berman's face would have emerged from the mist and said . . . "Ah, San Diego, you are in for a face-lift.
January 1, 1992 | T.J. SIMERS
After the 1990 season, Charger Coach Dan Henning startled owner Alex Spanos and General Manager Bobby Beathard with his announcement that he was at odds with his bosses on who should be the starting quarterback. Henning made it clear that the team's best chance for success in 1991 was Billy Joe Tolliver. He said Spanos and Beathard preferred to play on with John Friesz. Initially, Henning prevailed. Tolliver was No. 1 on the depth chart through the preseason.
August 17, 1999
It's an NFL truism: You have one Billy Joe on your team, it's a novelty. You have two, you might as well jump off the Tallahatchie bridge. New Orleans goes two deep with Billy Joes at quarterback: Hobert and Tolliver. In an attempt to compensate, the Saints have a promising running back in Ricky Williams, but he has been spotted recently wearing a dress.
The gold ring on his finger bears a replica of the badge he once wore. The buckle on his thick leather belt says, "Law Enforcement: To Protect and Serve." And his business card proclaims him an expert on officer survival. Billy Joe McIlvain--the former San Gabriel policeman out on parole after serving 13 years of a life sentence for murder--feels he's got nothing to hide. "Nothing to be ashamed of," he said in an interview last week in his eastern San Gabriel Valley home.
November 2, 1989 | BOB WOLF
Rookie Billy Joe Tolliver's first fling as the Chargers' No. 1 quarterback lasted just one game. Coach Dan Henning announced Wednesday that Jim McMahon would be back at his old spot Sunday when the Chargers play the Philadelphia Eagles at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium. The change had been expected--Tolliver completed only six of 17 passes against the Seahawks in Seattle last Sunday before being replaced by McMahon in the fourth quarter of the Chargers' 10-7 loss.
December 25, 1990 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The message is clear to Dan Henning: The Chargers, who have lost 13 games by seven or fewer points in the past two years, have to find a way to win close football games. To drive home that point to his players, Henning announced Monday that rookie John Friesz will replace Billy Joe Tolliver as the team's starting quarterback and will make his NFL debut Sunday against the Raiders. "We're at a point of playing with some of these better teams, but we're not pulling it off," Henning said.
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 | By Lauren Beale
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 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
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 | By Randy Lewis
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 | By Todd Martens
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 | By Christie D'Zurilla
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.
January 4, 1993
Billy Joe, who led Central State University of Ohio to the NAIA Division I national championship, was voted NAIA Division I coach of the year.
June 25, 1995 | Jervey Tervalon, Jervey Tervalon's novel "Understand This" was just released in paperback by Anchor Books
At dinner recently with two friends, the conversation turned to our respective, black middle-class families and how each had been battered by the rock cocaine epidemic: How after the initial shock of learning of a brother or sister's addiction, more nightmares began of having to watch their personality disintegrate under the influence of the drug and their family collapse, with the kids bearing the brunt of the catastrophe.
July 27, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong, the punk rocker turned 21 st century Stephen Sondheim, is joining NBC-TV's “The Voice” as a mentor on chanteuse Christina Auguilera's team, series officials announced Thursday. Armstrong, the mastermind behind Green Day's 2004 concept album “American Idiot” that subsequently became a hit on the musical theater circuit, confesses to being a fan of the show. He said he has no qualms about participating because: “It's not molding artists, it's just giving them a little bit of guidance and direction without giving them a complete makeover.” Not that he couldn't be a font of wisdom on that front: Since sprouting up as a pop-punk band in the Bay Area a couple of decades ago, Armstrong and the band have experienced quite an evolution.
October 5, 2010
Having Billie Joe Armstrong on Broadway was ? not surprisingly ? a pretty smart move for "American Idiot. " Producers of the rock musical say ticket sales soared to more than $1 million last week when the Green Day frontman joined the show for eight performances ending Sunday. The show's weekly average gross has been $740,000 since it opened April 20 at the St. James Theatre. Last week it was $1,092,334. Armstrong, who composed and co-wrote the musical, made his Broadway debut as St. Jimmy.
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