Green Day’s performance at Madison Square Garden back on July 27th was not only a great romp by the band, but also featured a dynamic young woman by the name of Stephanie Vera-Tudela. She was pulled on stage by Billie Joe Armstrong to play lead guitar for the epic “Jesus of Suburbia,” playing the tune so well and with such panache that Armstrong eventually screamed out, “I fuuccking lovve youu!”
[CLICK LINK TO VIEW ARTICLE ON STEPHANIE BY ROB PUTNAM]
Green Day Shredder, Stephanie Vera-Tudela – Music Connection – Article by Rob Putnam
Rob Putnam interviewed Stephanie for the Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 online edition of Music Connection. The active link to the article at Music Connection is no longer working. The link above will take you to a PDF of Rob’s article on Stephanie. Thanks to Rob for letting me post the article! Sorry it took a bit of time to update this!
I’ve just gotten back from the East Bay and had the best Green Day adventure ever! Haha. Seriously, I went to see American Idiot (twice), and hung out with old friends and new ones. It was a blast. The East Bay is one of the most beautiful places on Earth… that I know of.
As to American Idiot, I had some interesting reactions over the two nights that I saw the musical, one night a bad reaction, the other night, strong emotions of joy. It was a strange experience and I’ll have to post more about it later. I wish I could have seen it a third time so that I could compare the two reactions and objectively take a step back from the emotions. Let’s just say this: with a bit of work on certain aspects of the theatricality of the show, American Idiot, whose music and set alone is worth the adventure it takes you on, is great and ground-breaking.
And no, I didn’t get to meet the band, but I did get to annoy Michael Mayer, and for some reason, that made me very happy.
I’ll post more when I recover from West Coast jetlag.