Monthly Archives: December 2009

Highlights from the Breakdown: Homecoming

Green Day performed “Homecoming” for the first time at their 21st Century Breakdown tour stop in Auckland, New Zealand on December 19, 2009. Or, as Billie Joe called it, “their last show of the decade.”

Woah. And what a decade it’s been…

“Homecoming” – Green Day – Last Show of the Decade – Auckland, New Zealand, December 19th, 2009. (Thank you, MsKatanga83 for the video)

Jet Pranks Green Day Complete with (Male) Strippers!

And while Green Day is pranking Prima Donna, Jet ended their Australian tour with… hunky male strippers pranking Green Day. Billie Joe gets in on the stripping action, Tre looks like the happiest camper on earth and Mike… just can’t stop laughing!

Once again, Proudweirdo from Australia captures the legendary moment!

Jet Pranks Green Day and Tre Gets a Boner – Green Day – Melbourne, December 16, 2009

Green Day Pranks Prima Donna

Green Day is known for pranking their opening bands on the last night of touring with them, as has been previously noted with The Bravery, the Kaiser Chiefs, and Franz Ferdinand. (There is video somewhere around here of The Bravery being pranked and pranking GD back in Albany, use the search box and go look for it yourself if you want to see it…)

Prima Donna got pranked somewhere in Italy… on their last night on the European tour, and the band just posted the video of it at Youtube. Pretty funny. I’m still looking forward to seeing Prima Donna’s “mangina” pranking back of Green Day, though. Manginas… please?

And what the fuck is Tre wearing?… But nice legs, dude!

Green Day Pranks Prima Donna – Can You Spot Tre, Mike, and Billie with your little eye? – Wembley Arena – London – November 1, 2009

Prima Donna has been asked back by Green Day to open for them during the Asian leg of the tour starting in Bangkok on January 12th and ending in Nagoya, Japan on January 25th. Two weeks of music, manginas, and… lightshots… hmmm… it’s gonna rock. Let’s hope they all make it back to the States alive!

Better yet, what are you going to cook up for Green Day in Asia, Prima Donna… hmmmm??

Billie Went Barf… Or Potty… Australia Endings

The Australian leg of Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown tour took a slight turn to the scary when the band had to cancel and reschedule the last night in Melbourne unexpectedly. It seems that the day before, one particular member of the band… the lead singer to be exact… had a bad case of the runs after eating something bad. Greendaylove38 suggested that it was a bad kangaroo, but who knows what the heck he ate?

Proudweirdo from the GDC was at the rescheduled show and posted this video of the band performing “East Jesus Nowhere,” and Billie mentions the “d” word (dysentery) and the band goes on to save five lucky Australian souls:

Potty and Salvation Time – “East Jesus Nowhere” – Green Day — Melbourne, December 16, 2009

Thankfully, he’s doing good now, and Australia experienced a number of wonderful things, including Jet pranking Green Day at the Melbourne show (male strippers, can’t wait for that video) as well as Tre’s birthday celebration, where he turned 37 years young. Thanks to Cynnasaur, we have birthday cake madness during “King For A Day”:

A birthday cake for Tre – “King for a Day” – Green Day – Brisbane –

December 9, 2009

The lovely Kerry from Australia was lucky enough to experience all of Rocktober in England as well as the Down Under Rampage in Australia. She posted a shiteload of photographs on Facebook, but unfortunately, they are set to Friends only. I asked her if I could post a some from the tour (I’ll post more if I get a chance), and here are a few of my favorites:

Blue by Kerry Harris

Bad Little Boys in Australia by Kerry Harris

Mike in Australia by Kerry Harris

Green Day now moves on to the Kiwis, with two shows in Auckland on December 18th and 19th. Hopefully no one will come down with dysentery there!

Green Day Rock Band Trailer

  • Spike TV hosted the Video Game Awards last night and Green Day made a big announcement regarding their new game coming out from Harmonix next year. My friend Luke sent this to me… again, it’s one of those, “hey, you are a Green Day fan and I thought of you when I saw it” moments. I am not a huge fan of Rock Band… I’ve only played it once in my life to hilarious affect, but I’m sure that there are a lot of happy people out there today over this announcement. Rock on!

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Green Day Rock Band Trailer“, posted with vodpod

Update: The GDA has a nice selection of articles and more information regarding Green Day and Rock Band.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Cool

Since it’s already December 9th down under in Australia where Green Day will play their second show in Brisbane, I thought I’d get a jump on saying “Happy Birthday” to Mr. Tré Cool. Not that he’ll ever see this, but hey, happy birthday anyway! Tre is 37! Happy birthday and many more to you, Dude!

Here’s a blast from the past with Tre singing Dominated Love Slave in Hartford, CT:

Tré Cool sing Dominated Love Slave in Hartford, CT

Tré Cool Drumstick - London, October 24, 2009

East Jesus Nowhere – Ticket to Hell Has Never Been So Fun!

NOTE: I drafted this a while ago but never published it.

Blasphemy - A Ticket to Hell Has Never Been Funnier

Blasphemy - A Ticket to Hell Has Never Been Funnier

I will mince no words: I like to curse and I have little respect for organized religion. In this video from Green Day’s show in Sacramento earlier this year, Green Day managed to provide me with cursing and remind me just how little respect I have for organized religion. Once again, Green Day has the courage to call hypocrisy when they see it.

Billie Throwing a Guy Out and East Jesus Nowhere – “Fuck me? Nononononono, fuck YOU mother fucker.” – Green Day, Sacramento, August 24, 2009

With that said, I want to take a moment to put the title of the posting into context… and then hopefully say something. We’ll see if any of the above happens.

During the American tour (which can provide a basic roadmap for those of you looking forward to the European, Australian, New Zealand and Asian tours), “East Jesus Nowhere,” was usually the fourth song of the show, preceded by “Song of the Century,” “21st Century Breakdown,” and “Know Your Enemy.” Billie may say some crazy stuff about pot-smoking and fornicating at the beginning, (haha, one only hopes he does!), and then the band launches into the song. At the record’s bridge, Billie asks the audience to provide a child, any child about 10 years or so of age, which parents in the house readily do. Billie then ‘saves’ this sweet and innocent youngster. I’m never sure what he’s saving the kid from, but I know that I would have much rather been saved by a Billie Joe than by a preacher.

Here comes the requisite disclaimer in this day and age: I do not dislike religion itself. My philosophy is worship anything you want but do not force me to worship the same way that you do. Don’t try to save me and I won’t try to save you, unless I see you about to get hit by a car on the street. Don’t preach purity when your bathroom is filthy. Or something like that.*

East Jesus Nowhere” is a powerful and problematic song. It’s destined to be on the radio. It’s also destined to cause some religious circles to go ballistic if it makes it there.

There’s been some buzz about whether the lyrics will be changed when it gets more airplay. I really hope the band doesn’t change a bit of it. We’ll see what the future brings. In fact, I heard it on the radio when driving in my rental car a while back and some words had been obliterated. Needless to say, I screamed a little bit.

East Jesus Nowhere lyrics

Raise your hands now to testify
Your confession will be crucified
You’re a sacrificial suicide
Like a dog that’s been sodomized
Stand up! – All the white boys
Sit down! – All the black girls
You’re the soldiers of the new world

Put your faith in a miracle
And it’s non-denominational
Join the choir we will be singing
In the church of wishful thinking

A fire burns today
Of blasphemy and genocide
The sirens of decay
Will infiltrate the faith fanatics

Oh bless me lord for I have sinned
It’s been a lifetime since I last confessed
I threw my crutches in “The river
Of a shadow of doubt”
And I’ll be dressed in my Sunday best

Say a prayer for the family
Drop a coin for humanity
Ain’t this uniform so flattering?
I never asked you a God damned thing

A fire burns today
Of blasphemy and genocide
The sirens of decay
Will infiltrate the faith fanatics

Don’t test me
Second guess me
Protest me
You will disappear

I want to know who’s allowed to breed
All the dogs who never learned to read
Missionary politicians
And the cops of a new religion

A fire burns today
Of blasphemy and genocide
The sirens of decay
Will infiltrate the inside

-also, these are my opinions alone and do not reflect anything that anyone else might think or say. There, I think that covers it.

Australia and New Zealand, WallaBabies!

Sorry for the delay in posting, but I’ve been in a bit of a funk for the past few days  thinking about California too much. It has started to turn cold here in New York City, and it’s snowing both inside and outside of my apartment now. However, I don’t think you’ve come here to listen to me bitch and moan. Or did you?

I think not!

So instead, let’s take a mental trip to the Great Down Under where our boys, Billie Joe, Mike and Tré and their badass crew have come to the hot summer rescue of thousands of Aussie and New Zealand fans on a two-week tour of those countries. The tour kicked off at the Burswood Dome in Perth yesterday, December 4th and heads off to Adelaide, Brisbane, and Sydney, with two nights in Auckland, New Zealand, and wrapping up on December 19th.

Luckily, we got a little bit of Storytime with Billie (see a selection of previous Storytimes here) in Perth, thanks to this Youtube of “Give Me Novacaine” that karma1215 at the GDC found:

Billie Joe Tells a Story of Attending a Non-Lesbian Mud Wrestling Boxing Match in Perth with Australian Boxer Danny Green

I tried to keep up with what happened at the Perth concert (read about the show here), but if you’ve heard of a thing called a TIME ZONE, then you know it’s difficult to check out what’s happening at a concert that starts at 7:00 AM for you. Ha! Those boys are gonna have a helluva jetlag time when they get back home and then trot off to Japan and the Far East in January. Aww.

Don’t feel too sorry for their jetlag, though. They are having a damned good time with reports of them attending a Lesbian mud wrestling match and Tré Cool jumping out of airplanes, playing golf, applying for bartending jobs and wrestling sharks and shit. Oh wait, the shark part isn’t true. But I’m sure he’d try if he could! (Please don’t get any crazy shark rassling ideas, dude.)

Here is a small set of photographs from the show in Perth, with shots of the fans, and the opening band, Jet.

Well, that’s it from Aussie country for now. The next show is in Adelaide, on December 6th, whenever the fuck time that works out to be!

News from the GDC and Google Alerts

Two Reasons to Love Serena Williams

In Los Angeles at the Green Day Fake New Year’s Eve (I am already writing 2010, by the way), Champion tennis player Serena Williams walked past us as we were waiting for the show to start. It made me really happy to see her there for a couple of reasons. First, I think she’s a great tennis player. Second, she is obviously a huge Green Day fan. surprised her tonight when they posted the video below from her website of her rocking out to “2,000 Light Years Away,” and unlike a lot of people who go to GD shows these days, she knew the words to this classic Kerplunk! song.

Next time, Serena, you need to come down to the pit and hang at a stadium. You were WAY too far from the boys with that crowd around you!


Tre Talks with Australian Radio on Nova 96.9 FM

Green Day is in Australia right now preparing for their two-week tour of that country which starts on December 4 (whenever the heck that happens here in the States, I have no frigging idea). The kids from Australia at the GDC posted this link from Australian Radio as Ryan Monty & Wippa chat with Tre on Nova 96.9 FM.