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March 7, 2013
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 Broadway musical "American Idiot" and the double whammy of studio albums "American Idiot" and "21st Century Breakdown," the band had announced that the albums, called "¡Uno!" "¡Dos!" and "¡Tre!" would arrive over a four-month period at the end of the year. Then, mere days before "¡Uno!" came out, Armstrong threw a tantrum at a Clear Channel-sponsored Las Vegas promotional concert.
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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.
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December 31, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Green Day, sidelined since late September, will return to the touring circuit in early 2013. The rock band unveiled on Monday a host of live dates, its first since leader Billie Joe Armstrong was admitted to rehab in the fall.  Green Day's return to the road is now scheduled to begin on March 28 with a show at Chicago's AllState Arena. Only dates through early April were revealed. They include stops in Pittsburgh (March 31), Brooklyn, N.Y. (April 7) and Toronto (April 11). A statement from the band said West Coast dates will be announced in early 2013.  In September, Armstrong revealed that he was headed to rehab following  an onstage meltdown  at Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.
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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.
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September 4, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Green Day's "Kill the DJ" starts promisingly enough. The choppy, stop-and-start guitars use the riff-as-groove in much the same way as the Clash's "Magnificent Seven. " A little homage to Joe Strummer's socio-political dance-rock anthem is never not warranted, especially during an election year, and the title of "Kill the DJ" holds the promise that Green Day is again entering the culture war, a battlefield it visited on 2009's "21st Century Breakdown. "  "Kill the DJ," the second video (adult content)
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November 21, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Green Day has announced a fourth installment of its former trilogy (now a quadrilogy?) with an upcoming documentary called "Quatro!" The film promises a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of "Uno!," "Dos!" and "Tre!," the trio of new studio albums the band has been unveiling over the last few months. Highlights from "Quatro!" will premiere Wednsday, Nov. 28 on VH1, and run on another of MTV Networks' properties, Palladia, through much of December. According to an announcement, the film will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the band's creative process, as well as offer clips of live performances from Green Day's run of small club dates earlier in the year.
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August 20, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Remember 2004, Green Day fans? That was when the Bay Area punk trio refashioned itself into a band that would tackle issues beyond boredom and girls with "American Idiot," a relentless collection of socially aware songs that would eventually work their way to Broadway. Now on the verge of releasing the first of three new albums, Green Day continues to distance itself from its role as rock 'n' roll chroniclers of our political climate. Today, meet Green Day, the "Angry Birds Friends" edition.  "Angry Birds Friends" is the Facebook offshoot of the popular mobile game, and the edition comes complete with the premiere of a new song, "Troublemaker," as well as all-new evil pig characters inspired by Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool.
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February 20, 2013 | By August Brown
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Staples Center Beyoncé, July 1 (Sat.) L.A. Memorial Sports Arena Green Day, April 18 (Fri.) Nokia Theatre Lupillo Rivera, May 24 (Fri.) Saban Theatre Jewel, June 5 (Fri.) Club Nokia UZ, March 7 (now); Keyshia Cola, April 19; Blackstreet, May 3 (Fri.) El Rey Theatre Crystal Fighters, June 4 (now); Mika, March 27 (Wed.) The Echo/Echoplex Amanda Palmer, March 5; the Spits, March 21; Nik Turner, March 10; Aussie BBQ #5, March 10; Zola Jesus, Feb. 21; Flume, March 26 (Fri.)
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October 29, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Green Day has canceled the rest of its North American club tour dates for this year and postponed appearances scheduled for January and February 2013 as frontman Billie Joe Armstrong continues treatment for substance abuse issues, the band announced Monday.   “Obviously, the timing for this isn't ideal, but Billie Joe's well-being is our main concern,” bassist Mike Dirnt said in a statement.  “We are happy to say that Billie Joe is doing well, and we want to thank you all for the outpouring of support and well wishes that we have received, and we can't wait to see you all again soon.
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June 6, 2009 | August Brown
Over the course of its nearly 20-year career, Green Day has only grown more interested in the power and potential of its pop. During the punkish band's Thursday night performance at the Henry Fonda Theater, the trio repeatedly used rock's oldest tricks -- sock-hop melodies, British Invasion swagger, pep-rally shouts -- to make the counterculture seem more fun than the mainstream.
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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)
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April 2, 2013 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
It's April, which is good news for the roughly 180,000 music fans who have tickets to the sold-out Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, set for the weekends of April 12 and April 19. But for those who find themselves shut out of the annual festival in the desert, there are numerous noteworthy concerts happening closer to home. Most even feature modern amenities such as air conditioning, and many, in fact, include artists performing at Coachella. Granted, you won't be seeing 100-plus acts over a three-day span, but for less than the cost of one $349 general admission Coachella wristband, one can undertake a more than worthy pop-music crash course over the next four weeks.
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March 16, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
AUSTIN, Texas -- Big bands in small venues -- it's become a ritual at the South by Southwest music festival, where even A-list rock stars recognize the opportunity to launch a new project or heal a wounded reputation. But if Depeche Mode and Green Day found themselves Friday night in venues a fraction of the size of those they normally play, neither group pared down its show to accommodate the cozy environment. Roaming across the stage at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong -- whose treatment last year for addiction derailed promotion of the band's albums "¡Uno!
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March 7, 2013
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 Broadway musical "American Idiot" and the double whammy of studio albums "American Idiot" and "21st Century Breakdown," the band had announced that the albums, called "¡Uno!" "¡Dos!" and "¡Tre!" would arrive over a four-month period at the end of the year. Then, mere days before "¡Uno!" came out, Armstrong threw a tantrum at a Clear Channel-sponsored Las Vegas promotional concert.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2013 | By August Brown
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Staples Center Beyoncé, July 1 (Sat.) L.A. Memorial Sports Arena Green Day, April 18 (Fri.) Nokia Theatre Lupillo Rivera, May 24 (Fri.) Saban Theatre Jewel, June 5 (Fri.) Club Nokia UZ, March 7 (now); Keyshia Cola, April 19; Blackstreet, May 3 (Fri.) El Rey Theatre Crystal Fighters, June 4 (now); Mika, March 27 (Wed.) The Echo/Echoplex Amanda Palmer, March 5; the Spits, March 21; Nik Turner, March 10; Aussie BBQ #5, March 10; Zola Jesus, Feb. 21; Flume, March 26 (Fri.)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Green Day, sidelined since late September, will return to the touring circuit in early 2013. The rock band unveiled on Monday a host of live dates, its first since leader Billie Joe Armstrong was admitted to rehab in the fall.  Green Day's return to the road is now scheduled to begin on March 28 with a show at Chicago's AllState Arena. Only dates through early April were revealed. They include stops in Pittsburgh (March 31), Brooklyn, N.Y. (April 7) and Toronto (April 11). A statement from the band said West Coast dates will be announced in early 2013.  In September, Armstrong revealed that he was headed to rehab following  an onstage meltdown  at Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.
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August 6, 2012 | By Randall Roberts
Get your credit cards and clicker fingers ready: San Francisco punk rock band Green Dayannounced a surprise Los Angeles gig at the Echoplex in Echo Park for Monday night, and tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. The trio of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool are teasing their forthcoming triumvirate of new albums, “Uno,” “Dos” and “Tre,” which are coming starting in September. The 700-capacity basement club in Echo Park is only a little bigger than the Coconut Teaszer in Hollywood, where in one early 1990 L.A. gig, Green Day headlined a notable bill that also included No Use for a Name, Down by Law, Popdefect and Hunger Farm.
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October 31, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
Wondering where the plaintive piano and sawing strings went on Green Day's recent back-to-basics album " ¡Uno! "? Evidently the Bay Area punk band was saving them for "The Forgotten," its new single from the soundtrack to "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. " Posted to Soundcloud on Tuesday, the song is a slow-moving power ballad in the vein of past Green Day hits such as " Wake Me Up When September Ends " and " Good Riddance (Time...
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November 21, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Green Day has announced a fourth installment of its former trilogy (now a quadrilogy?) with an upcoming documentary called "Quatro!" The film promises a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of "Uno!," "Dos!" and "Tre!," the trio of new studio albums the band has been unveiling over the last few months. Highlights from "Quatro!" will premiere Wednsday, Nov. 28 on VH1, and run on another of MTV Networks' properties, Palladia, through much of December. According to an announcement, the film will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the band's creative process, as well as offer clips of live performances from Green Day's run of small club dates earlier in the year.
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