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 4, 2012 |
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)
August 20, 2012 |
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.
November 21, 2012 |
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.
February 20, 2013 |
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.)
October 29, 2012 |
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.