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September 16, 2004 | Steve Baltin, Special to The Times
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong has had it with the rules of rock music. "People play by the rules so much," the guitarist/vocalist says, adding in a mock monotone: " 'This is our 12, 13 songs; here's our single; here's our video for the single; hopefully the radio will play it and then we'll go on tour.' " In true punk-rock fashion, though, Armstrong and his Green Day brethren -- Mike Dirnt on bass and Tre Cool on drums -- are fighting the homogenization of rock with "American Idiot."
October 10, 2005 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
IT'S been a long time since Green Day had any real punk-rock credibility to lose. The Bay Area band graduated from scrappy punk warriors into MTV pin-ups and slick arena headliners a good decade ago, so it's not as if playing stadiums -- a serious violation of hard-line punk orthodoxy -- is a sudden, startling sellout.
October 12, 2000 | ROBERT HILBURN
Rock makes a strong showing on the nation's album chart this week, with new albumsby English art-rockers Radiohead and American pop-punkers Green Day entering at No. 1 and No. 4, respectively. Radiohead's "Kid A," the much-anticipated follow-up to the band's acclaimed Grammy-winner "OK Computer," sold more than 207,000 copies to easily outpace rapper Mystikal's No. 2 "Let's Get Ready," which sold 181,000 in its second week in the stores. Green Day's "Warning" sold about 155,000 units.
Green Day 21st Century Breakdown Reprise * * * 1/2 One of the many very sticky songs from Green Day's new opus, "21st Century Breakdown," got stuck in my head the other day. It was "The Static Age," a bouncy little number named after a rant by New Jersey punk elders the Misfits. Green Day's ditty doesn't sound at all like that other "Static Age." Instead of being sludgy and hard, it's peppy, with a big kick-drum beat, machine-gun guitars and a melody that . . . reminded me of something.
December 14, 2004 | Steve Appleford, Special to The Times
"This is a rock concert, not a ... tea party, all right?!" Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day was looking for some punk- rock spontaneity Sunday, urging more and more fans into the pit at the Universal Amphitheatre for the second night of KROQ's annual Almost Acoustic Christmas concert. Green Day closed the show by performing its ambitious new album, "American Idiot," in its entirety, a bold move for any band with a history of hit singles that fans actually want to hear.
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April 30, 2005 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
Mindful of a Grateful Dead concert that got seriously out of hand 15 years ago, the Home Depot Center in Carson maintains a blacklist of 28 musicians -- including Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Metallica -- whom officials consider too wild for its venue. One of the acts on the list was Green Day, the punk rock band that rocketed to fame in the mid-1990s with songs about suburban alienation mixed liberally with references to drug use and sex.
August 17, 2005 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
Barbra Streisand, the Rolling Stones and Green Day rarely hit the same note, but all of them are turning heads with new songs or videos about life in wartime. Veteran songstress Streisand and spiky-haired punk trio Green Day have surprisingly synchronized videos that tug at the heartstrings by showing troops in harm's way with lyrics about the lovers left behind on the home front. The Stones, meanwhile, veer into perhaps the band's most specifically political song ever.
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