Happy New Year from New York City – or more specifically, Brooklyn!
What can I say about 2009? Well, a lot, but I’ll spare you the details. Let’s suffice it to say that Green Day helped get me through a pretty tough year of genocide-related research and activities. Through following Green Day this year, I have met some great folks from the entire spectrum of Green Day fans and a multitude of nationalities. And I even got to meet Billie Joe and Tre. So while I’m currently sick and broker than sin at the moment, it’s been one of those years that I will never regret, even the genocide part. I was able to travel to Europe twice (once to see Green Day in London), out to California twice (to see American Idiot – The Musical as well as attend Fake New Year’s with the band), out to San Antonio (and guess who I saw there?), and four other Green Day shows in the New York area. As to genocide, both conferences that I presented at turned out to be pretty good. If you’d like to see one of my presentations, you can view it here and scroll down to Tanya Elder.
It’s been a great year but the time has come to say farewell to 2009.
Tomorrow, 2010 will be upon us as we leave the first decade of the 21st century behind in the dust. For the most part, I’m going to have to say good riddance to it. This first decade of the new century has been turbulent, life-shattering and plain awful. But at least we’re all still here, I suppose. Who knows what the new decade will bring? Let’s hope only good things as we continue on the road to the Breakdown.
There’s more great stuff coming from Green Day in 2010, and I hope you’ll stick around to enjoy the band and my quaint little blog. Remember, I’m only blogging about Green Day through to the official end of the 21st Century Breakdown current tour, whenever that happens in late 2010. So until then, here’s a calendar made by the kids (and somewhat proofed by me) over at the Green Day Community to highlight each month of 2010 with Green Day views and facts. Click here or on the calendar front page image above to download your Green Day Community 2010 Wallpaper Calendar. The image below has previews of all of the months as well as the authors of each page. Click on the pic to preview the calendar.
Don’t forget to watch Green Day’s New Year’s performance on the Carson Daly show on 12/31 and to end, I think I’ve finally seen the most perfect blurb about 21st Century Breakdown as posted on greenday.com through the Boston Globe and written by Sarah Rodman in her Best of 2009 Albums:
GREEN DAY “21st Century Breakdown’’ – “American Idiot’’ was no fluke. The spirited Berkeley pop punks continue to age gracefully on this even more expansive follow-up. With a diverse musical palette, the trio recognizes the beauty of contrasts, of asking questions without knowing the answers, and of unabashedly embracing the power of love, eventually touching down at the intersection of rage and melody. – Sarah Rodman, Boston Globe
I thank Sarah for not using the words, “snotty,” “punky” or “bratty.” They are aging gracefully, as I hope we all are.
Have a great New Year’s, and I’ll see you on the other side of the decade…
Special Thanks to Andres at the GDA for letting me post the .zip file link to the calendar.