August 28, 2012 |
In the world of 21st Century American musical spectacle, the MTV Video Music Awards exists in a category all its own. Way less reserved than the Grammy Awards (but no BET Awards), the VMAs have over the years provided plenty of water-cooler fodder, and this year's upcoming show has just added more bang: Producers just announced the addition of pop singer Rihanna and R&B crooner Frank Ocean as performers. The performance roster was already pretty thick with superstars: Slated to gig live at the Staples Center during the Thursday, Sept.
August 27, 2012 |
This post has been updated. See information below for details. No Doubt will launch the 2012 I Heart Radio Festival in Las Vegas on Sept. 21 and 22, just ahead of the release of the Anaheim band's first studio album in 11 years, “Push and Shove,” coming Sept. 25. The bill features a raft of pop, rock, country, R&B, dance and hip-hop acts, also including Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Usher, Green Day, Shakira, Pitbull, Bon Jovi, Lil Wayne, Deadmau5 and Brad Paisley. That puts the rejuvenated No Doubt back amid a phalanx of contemporary pop music hitmakers slated to perform at the MGM Grand Arena.
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.
August 6, 2012 |
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.
July 27, 2012 |
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.
July 16, 2012 |
"Tonight my heart's on the loose," Billie Joe Armstrong sings in the lead single from Green Day's upcoming "¡Uno!," due out Sept. 25. His heart's not the only thing running wild. The Berkeley punk band's highly anticipated follow-up to 2009's Grammy-winning "21 st Century Breakdown," "¡Uno!" is actually the first of three Green Day full-lengths set for release over the next six months; "¡Dos!" arrives Nov. 13, while "¡Tré!" will round out the trilogy on Jan. 15. Clearly, the man who once begged someone to "peel me off this Velcro seat and get me moving" (on 1994's smash "Dookie")
April 7, 2011
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December 1, 2010
KIIS locks up Ryan Seacrest Ryan Seacrest will continue hosting the morning show at top-rated KIIS-FM (102.7) as part of a three-year contract announced Tuesday by Clear Channel Communications that also calls for him to continue hosting and producing the syndicated "American Top 40" countdown show and to develop other media projects such as a record label, a live concert series and TV and radio programming. Financial terms were not disclosed. Seacrest, who also hosts "American Idol" for the Fox television network, is "a true visionary who has firmly established himself as America's leading curator of popular culture," said Robert W. Pittman, Clear Channel's chairman of media and entertainment platforms.
September 2, 2010 |
Heads up, Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman: You may be in for some unexpected company come November. "I'm running for governor of California!" Billie Joe Armstrong revealed Tuesday night at Irvine's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, where Green Day played one of the final dates of its U.S. tour in support of last year's "21st Century Breakdown. " That this announcement came not long after the frontman declared (in slightly saltier language) that he's a rock star and can therefore do whatever the heck he wants was no cause for worry: Armstrong is a benevolent despot who encourages fans to join him onstage and launches free merchandise into the cheap seats with an air-powered T-shirt gun. The singer's introduction into state politics would present another problem, though: the early retirement of what might be America's best live band.
August 31, 2010
POP MUSIC Green Day The Grammy-winning pop punk trio from Oakland swings through the Southland on its 21st Century Breakdown Tour, which features multi-platinum hits from its most recent album of the same name, including "Know Your Enemy" and "21 Guns. " Ukiah's glammy emo-rockers AFI will open with material from its eighth studio album, "Crash Love. " Verizon Wireless Amphitheater , 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. 7 p.m. $20-$85. www.livenation.com . Melissa Etheridge Celebrating the release of her 10th studio album, "Fearless Love," the celebrated Academy and Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter (and all-around fierce rocker)