Monthly Archives: July 2010

Green Day Starts Second-to-Last Tour Leg, and Greendaymind Begins to Wind Down the Breakdown…

Hello there!

I haven’t been posting much because there hasn’t been much news to talk about since Green Day went on a month-long hiatus after their last concert in Europe was wiped out by storm in Venice back in June. The second-to-last leg of the 21st Century Breakdown tour is about to begin at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ this coming Tuesday, August 3rd, and I’ll be there! Can’t wait to see the boys take the stage again, particularly in a small outdoor venue such at the Susquehanna Bank Center, which I hear is in a nice part of Camden at the waterfront. I’m looking forward to it!

Green Day will be touring South and Central America coming up in October, and I’m sure that the fans down that a-way can’t wait!

Green Day appeared on the Jimmy Fallon show last night and performed, “Last of the American Girls.” This appearance was pre-taped a few months ago during Fallon’s tribute to the Rolling Stones’, “Exile on Main Street” reissue and documentary film. Green Day did a rocking version of the Stone’s “Rip This Joint.” NBC had posted the video on the official Jimmy Fallon site, but it’s now expired. I don’t understand why NBC does this… but hey, I’m not the CEO of a big media corporation, so what do I know? Here’s a link to the Green Day Authority’s posting of the “Last of the American Girls” performance from last night.

Someone had also posted some fabulous footage of Green Day’s impromptu performance at 924 Gilman back in 2001 after the Influents played, but that footage has been taken off of Youtube. You can buy the full video of both the Influents and Green Day playing at Gilman at the Influents site here.

As I’ve noted before, I’m only blogging the Green Day tour until it ends, and I’ll be starting up a new music and performance-related blog about Green Day and other bands, theater, television, and what-not after the tour ends. It’s been a blast, but it’s also been quite tiring. I can only image what a band goes through after almost 18 months on the road. That’s a lot of time and energy. If Green Day decides to add some additional tour dates, I’ll blog about it, but other than that, I’m going to figure out a new blog and name as October approaches. It’s been such a blast over the past months, that I can’t even tell you… and it’s quite helped my mid-life crises, lol. I’ve met some wonderful people and have had some incredible experiences. It overcomes me just thinking about it all.

So, until October, please stick around, I’ll be here, and so will Green Day until they say farewell for however long that they will be underground… Though rumor has it that they are already looking for producers for their next album, have demoed and have written new songs in the old school style for the new album. Let’s hope that’s true! So maybe we won’t have to wait five years for new stuff afterall!

About these ads

Prima Donna Will Rock New York, Hoboken and Philly, July 25th, 26th and 28th, 2010

Prima Donna at the Bowery Electric with Dirty Shames and The Threads, 7/25/2010

Prima Donna and Star Fucking Hipsters at Maxwell's, 07/26/2010

Howdy, folks!

Sorry I had to take a bit of a break, but work got in the way. I have my work done for the most part now and I’m happy to say that Green Day’s North American tour is just around the corner coming up in 12 days in Camden, NJ and I’ll be there! Woot!

In the meantime, to hold all of you New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania Lushies over until Camden, this weekend brings our favorite Glam band, Prima Donna, to the area! Double woot!

At the end of June, I headed off to the Bay Area in order to take care of some business which just happened to coincide with a four-night mini-tour of Prima Donna and the Mystic Knights of the Cobra. I caught two of the four gigs, in Santa Cruz at the Blue Lagoon and Oakland at the Uptown. I had a great time dancing with the bands and I also had a blast seeing for the first time a “Zombie Vomit” (uh… what?) band called Culo A Boca (you’ll have to Google that name to find out what it means). One of their songs is “2 Girls 1 Cup,” but you’ll have to Google that also to find out where that title comes from, if you dare). (Though I was told that “1 Guy, 1 Cup,” which I haven’t dared to Google, is grosser…)

I’m ready to rock with Prima Donna again (sadly, without the Cobras) for two of four local shows happening in the New York Area this coming weekend, the Brighton Bar in Long Branch, NJ (with superpunk band, Batusis, Sat., 7/24), the Bowery Electric in New York City (Sun., 7/25), Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ (Mon., 7/26) and the Khyber in Philadelphia (Wed., 7/28).

I’m very excited about the Maxwell’s show as “Star Fucking Hipsters” (who I’ve seen twice in NYC) will be performing before they head off to their European tour. The dichotomy between SFH and Prima Donna will be something to see! A big shoutout to Mike Chickenman for setting up the show.

I’ll be at the Bowery Electric and Maxwell’s with my dancing shoes on, so beware! See all of you Area Lushies there!

Prima Donna and Mystic Knights of the Cobra Merch

Here’s a couple of videos of the Cobras and Prima Donna at the Uptown and Prima Donna’s video, “I Don’t Want You To Love Me”:

Mystic Knights of the Cobra – “Mutafuko’s Revenge” – The Uptown in Oakland, CA

Prima Donna – “Feral Children in Love” – The Uptown in Oakland, CA

Prima Donna – “I Don’t Want You To Love Me” – Official Video

For more local dates in YOUR AREA for Prima Donna, check out their tour page here. The North American tour goes until August 21 and they are off to Europe in September.


Vote for Me to Win A Trip to Lollapalooza! (And some other stuff, too)

Lollapalooza Vote Now for Fan Photo! Help Us Go to Lollapalooza!

I have exactly three photographs of me with celebrities besides those few friends of mine that I know from undergraduate theater school who are still making great theater and a living from it. Those three are: Regis Philbin (I used to work as a researcher for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?), Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt. One day I hope to have a picture with Tre Cool, but we’ll see if that ever happens.

I don’t really like asking “celebrities” for their photos. I can’t really pinpoint why I don’t like it, but it might be because I do know people in the “business,” and know how sometimes it’s just creepy to want people to talk to and take pictures of you all the time. I always feel like pictures should be taken of friends, families and things, not people I don’t know. I’m just strange, what can I say? That doesn’t mean I don’t begrudge others who ask for pictures, I don’t, but I would really just want to hang out, so unless folks are around what I consider friends, I don’t really take a lot of pictures of people that I don’t know that’s not in a performance setting.

Anyway, with that long, tortured intro, one of the three people that I do have a picture with, superstar Mike Dirnt of Green Day (and superstar-in-training, Jim Graz of Honah Lee!), I entered into a contest to try and win tickets, roundtrip air fare and hotel to Lollapalooza, which is coming up in hotter-than-hell-in-the-summertime, Chicago, August 6-8 or something. I should probably go and look that up… hmmm.

Vote for the picture, if you’d like! I kinda love it, it’s crazy funny to me, and that’s the way I like my celebrity photographs. If I win, I’m taking Jim and his girlfriend… yawzah… HOT. Here’s the link to my photo and entry. You can click on the photo below, too!

Mike, Jim of Honah Lee and Me. Click to Vote to Help Us See Mike and Company at Lollapalooza!

The vivacious Toniann is also in the contest, so take a look at hers, too! She has a lot more PR personality than me, but you can vote for more than one person per 24-hour time period. The contest ends on July 25th. Please vote! I’d love to go to Lollapalooza, but, who wouldn’t want to go when Green Day is playing at the festival? I’ve never been to one of them, and Soundgarden (yea, I know, I know, I love them, get over it) is also headlining one of the nights. Here’s to me!

You do have to fill out a short registration form to enter, but I do hope you’ll vote!

I tried to find my photo of me and Regis, but it’s no where to be found. It was taken prior to the digital era and is actually just on paper. Actually, it’s only from 2001, but that seems like ages in Internet years. Anyway, here’s my only other pure celebrity photo, with Billie Joe. I could only submit one photo to the contest, so I had to make a choice. I love both of the photos, but the one with Mike and Jim just makes me laugh a good bellylaugh, so I had to go with it. It’s from the Foxboro Hot Tubs show at Don Hill’s, one of the best nights of my life. The photo below of Billie Joe Armstrong and me is from what I call, “Fake New Years,” back in November when Green Day taped their New Years Eve show for Carson Daly in Los Angeles.

Me and some dude

Green Day Show in Venice Canceled

I was going to write about the canceled Venice show with the wind and hail and evil Venice weather, but it kinda made me so sad to think that the European tour ended by storm, that I didn’t want to think too much about it, so I didn’t write it, but I do have an awesome title for it, “Green Day in Europe Goes Out With a Storm – Venice Canceled Due to Various Acts of God (y’know, Thunder, Lightning, Hail),” haha… I felt really bad for the fans in Venice who didn’t get to see the boys, and I’m sad that the boys didn’t get to go out of Europe with a bang that ended in fireworks instead of lightning. The GDA covered it here [LINK] and here [LINK]

American Idiot on Broadway Cast on Good Morning, America[n Idiot]

This coming Friday, the cast of American Idiot on Broadway will be headlining a Good Morning, America broadcast at Summerstage in Central Park. It’s hella early, but I’m going to go. Here’s info from greenday.com:

You are invited to join the Broadway cast of Green Day’s American Idiot for a free, live concert on Good Morning America in New York’s Central Park! The intimate performance will be at Central Park’s Summerstage this Friday, July 16th. Enter on 72nd and 5th Ave at 6:00AM. The show will take place from 7am-9am EST.

Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer Talk With Jordan Roth

Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer will be interviewed by Jordan Roth, head of the Jujamcyn Theaters, of which the St. James, where American Idiot is playing, is one. Roth hosts a series of theater talks at the 92 Street Y.

Here’s the info and a link where you can get tickets:
Date & Time: Sun, Sep 19, 2010, 7:30pm
Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
Venue: Kaufmann Concert Hall Seating Chart
Price: $29.00 All Sections

Prima Donna in New York and Hoboken, July 25-26!

Star Fucking Hipsters and Prima Donna at Maxwell's, July 26, 2010. CM Productions

I need to take a few more days off from the blog, I have some work that I have to get finished, but one last thing! Prima Donna will be coming to NYC later in the month to rock our socks off at the Bowery Electric in Manhattan and Maxwell’s in Hoboken on July 25th and July 26th. I’ll post more about the dates as they get nearer. Hope to see you there! The Maxwell’s show is with Star Fucking Hipsters, that’s gonna be a rocking crazy night!

I’ll be back in a couple of days! Please don’t forget to vote!


Green Day in Paris – Mathilde Oremus Photographs

Green Day in Paris - Photograph by Mathilde Oremus

When I went to Berkeley to see Pinhead Gunpowder [VIDEO] [AUDIO] [BLOGPOST] and the Mystic Knights of the Cobra back in February, I met Marjorie Beaugad at 924 Gilman’s Pinhead Gunpowder show. Marjorie was from Paris, and she was just finishing up a year of study in San Francisco. She had seen some excellent music over her year at school in San Francisco, and also attended Green Day’s small venue show last year at the Trabendo on May 12th, 2009 in Paris. She even sang “Longview” with them.

Soon after the Pinhead Gunpowder show, Marjorie’s year in San Francisco was over, and she moved back home to Paris, a beautiful, if complicated, city. She and her friend, Mathilde Oremus, attended this past June’s Paris gig at Parc des Princes stadium. Mathilde shot some excellent views, and I asked her if I could highlight images here. Mathilde’s full set of 168 photographs may be found on her Facebook page.

Mathilde photographed all three bands that appeared at Parc des Princes: Billy Talent, Paramore, and of course, Green Day. She took some especially nice photographs of Mike, as well as photos of Billie Joe, Tre, and fans, including the Aussies!

Aussies in Paris - Green Day - Photo by Mathilde Oremus

Here’s a little slice of Paris for you:

Mike! in Paris

Mike Dirnt in Paris - Green Day - Photo by Mathilde Oremus

Rock Like An Egyptian - Mike in Paris - Green Day - Photo by Mathilde Oremus

Mike Dirnt Blesses You - Green Day, Paris - Photo by Mathilde Oremus

Tre and Billie Joe in Paris

Tre Cool - Green Day, Paris - Photo by Mathilde Oremus

Billie Joe Armstrong - Green Day in Paris - Photo by Mathilde Oremus

Billie Joe Armstrong in Paris - Green Day - Photo by Mathilde Oremus

Billy Talent and Paramore

Billy Talent - Paris - Photo by Mathilde Oremus

Paramore - Paris - Photo by Mathilde Oremus

French Fans

French Girls - Green Day in Paris - Photo by Mathilde Oremus

French Boys - Green Day in Paris - Photo by Mathilde Oremus


Aussie Fans Invade Europe for Green Day Tour – Pictures by Kerry Harris

The Aussies are Here! Kerry Harris and Mates Travel to Europe for a Bazillion Green Day Shows - June 2010

A marvelous gang of dedicated Australian fans who attended almost all of the shows that Green Day performed in Australia last year, decided to take a huge road trip for the second leg of the European tour. I don’t know how many shows that they went to in the United Kingdom and Europe, but I do know that they had fun!

The gang was led by Kerry Harris who also created some excellent paintings of the band that I highlighted here last year. Kerry is also a photographer and took some beautiful and fun shots during the tour, including probably one of the prettiest shots of Billie Joe that I have ever seen. I asked her if I could post some of her photos. They show a lot of the onstage antics of the band and captures one fan’s viewpoint of many different shows.

Prettiest of Them All - Billie Joe Armstrong - Europe June 2010 - Photo by Kerry Harris

Here’s a selection of photographs taken by Kerry:

Joan Jett - Photo by Kerry Harris

Dirty Pink Bunny - Photo by Kerry Harris

Jason White is a Pirate - Photo by Kerry Harris

Kiss Me Quick! - Tre and Billie Joe - Europe June 2010 - Photo by Kerry Harris

We're Looking at You, Mike! - Europe June 2010 - Photo by Kerry Harris

Mike is Cool - Europe June 2010- Photo by Kerry Harris

Tre in Shorts, It's Hot in Europe! - Europe June 2010 - Photo by Kerry Harris

Tre Sees YOU! - Europe June 2010 - Photo by Kerry Harris

Billie Joe's Got a Gun! - Europe June 2010 - Photo by Kerry Harris

Billie Joe's Got a Hat! - Europe June 2010 - Photo by Kerry Harris

Billie Joe Armstrong - Europe June 2010 - Photo by Kerry Harris

Tre in Mid-Air - Europe June 2010 - Photo by Kerry Harris


Punk Globe Interview with Jason Chandler of the Frustrators Now Online

Frustrators are Bored in the USA

Lis Booth’s interview with Frustrators frontman, Jason Chandler, is now online at Punk Globe Magazine and at Lis Booth’s blog here! As I suspected he doesn’t say much about any new Frustrators material (damn you, Chandler! *shakes fist in air*) but you can learn how Jason found himself in the band and read about the few gigs that the Frussies have played.

I have this dream that when I go and see Green Day’s Homecoming show in the Bay area in early September, that the Frustrators will play a gig around then, too, just for shits and giggles. I mentioned this on the Frustrators Facebook page and got the reply, “Dream until your dreams come true,” so I figure that’s a whole lotta dreaming that I have to get cracking at. I am up to the task since I do like to sleep!

Broadway Calls Interview by Lisa "Lis" Booth at Punk Globe Magazine

Lisa also interviews the former Adeline Records band, “Broadway Calls.” The interview is here.

Check out Punk Globe monthly for interviews with a multitude of punk bands from around the world. Here’s the link to the online magazine. UPDATE: Don’t forget to check out Lis’ blog, too. Click HERE.

Punk Globe July 2010 Issue Cover


That Time Of Year – Happy Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong!

Hair Alert! BJA Gets A Haircut Maybe for his Lady, 80! (Click on Pic for More Mainz Pics!)

Mr. and Mrs. Billie Joe and Adrienne Armstrong celebrate their wedding anniversary tomorrow, on July 2nd. Congratulations! I wrote about their anniversary last year and I have nothing to add except for a hearty mazol tov and many happy returns to you both!

Green Day appeared in Mainz on July 1st and played some “It’s Fuck Time” during the “Shout” portion of the evening. I’ve heard it’s a little bit different from a Foxboro Hot Tubs rendition of the song, ahem, so we’ll have to compare the versions if something shows up on the InterTubes. Billie Joe got a haircut, too, looks a bit like Elvis! Maybe he’s getting all spiffy for his lady, Adie, yo yo on his Anniversaire!! Holla!

Tomorrow night the band will be in Belgium at the Rock Werchter 2010 festival and then end the second leg of their European tour on July 4th in Venice, Italy, land of water and love at the Heineken Jammin! Festival. Sounds like a lovely place to spend some anniversary and family time after the Heineken and love hangover. Have an awesome vacation!

Cheers to the entire band and crew for a fabulous European tour. See you all in Northern America in August! We are ready to rock.


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 8,937 other followers