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Tag Archives: 21st Century Breakdown Tour

Los Luchadors y Las Luchadoras

I was listening to The Network today while rearranging my mind, and started thinking of wrestlers… Luchadors, Luchadoras and Snoos…

El Luchador. Table Top, San Loco, Avenue A, NYC

The First and Only Luchador: The Snoo

More Luchadors and Luchadoras after the break!

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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??


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.


Green Day in Torino – Bellissimo by Giulio Lapone!

Green Days Pink Bunny in Turin by Giulio Lapone

Green Day's Pink Bunny Downs Some Brew in Torino (Turin), Italy - Photograph by Giulio Lapone

You know you are a Green Day fan when your friends send you stuff from their friends about Green Day. And I’m incredibly happy that it happens! Jon Pack, a great photographer (see Jon’s work here), knows I’m a fan because he sits two cubicles away from me at work and has to listen to me talk about Green Day all the time. So when his friend, another talented photographer from Italy sent him a link to Green Day photographs on Facebook, Jon then sent the link to me. Thank you, Jon!

Green Day in Torino by Giulio Lapone

Italian photographer Giulio Lapone, had the great fortune to see and shoot Green Day’s last European arena tour stop in Torino (Turin), Italy on November 12, 2009. Giulio took some nicely expressive shots of both Billie and Mike, as well as the Italian audience. You can view the entire set of photographs at Giulio’s Facebook page here. While his normal site isn’t quite working at the moment, you can still view his other work here. Thank you, Giulio, for giving me permission to post some of your images here.

And yes, Giulio, you ARE the best photographer in Italy!

What I love about these photos from Giulio is the quality of motion within the images. Just like an actual Green Day show, everything is moving, from the Pink Bunny to the sweat pouring from Billie’s face to Mike’s bass with the video fire behind him and the fan that is in complete emotional synergy while singing with Billie. They also show two-thirds of a band at the end of a brilliant and tiring European tour, where, though it’s obvious that they need a break from touring, it’s also obvious that they love to play.

Green Day has often said how they love Italy, and from Youtube videos of the last show on this European tour, Italy loves them, too!

Billie with Sweat in Torino (Turin) - Photograph by Giulio Lapone, November 12, 2009

Billie with Sweat in Torino (Turin), Italy - Photograph by Giulio Lapone, November 12, 2009

Mike in Turino (Turin) by Giulio Lapone

Mike with Star and Fire, Torino (Turin), Italy - Photograph by Giulio Lapone

Billie with Fan Turino (Turin) by Giulio Lapone

Billie with Fan in Torino (Turin), Italy - Photograph by Giulio Lapone

Who let those Jokers in here? Green Day in Torino (Turin) - Photograph by Giulio Lapone


Munich Wall of Death During “American Idiot”

WOAH, Munich!

I read about this on the Green Day Community’s Munich thread, but Anja posted this short video on Facebook of a giant mosh pit forming and exploding during Green Day’s show last night in Munich. From what I’ve read, it prompted Billie Joe to call it a “Wall of Death.”

Ha! Now that’s punk! Go, Munich!


Green Day Bercy Photos

Nothingwrongwithme.com’s News Feed (highly recommended; always lots of good stuff) posted a link to some fine photographs taken at Green Day’s concert at Bercy Stadium in Paris. Here’s a sample:

Tré Cool at Bercy

Tré Cool at Bercy

Mike Dirnt at Bercy

Mike Dirnt at Bercy

Billie Joe at Bercy

Billie Joe at Bercy

Oh, and by the way, it’s Adrienne Armstrong’s 40th birthday today. Happy Birthday!!


Jumping Jehoshaphat!: East Jesus Nowhere Live

Greenday.com has put out the second (“American Eulogy” being the first, which was a shortened video of the song*) live clip from Green Day’s North American tour. This one is of my favorite song from 21st Century Breakdown, “East Jesus Nowhere” and it will make you want to JUMP! Turn the volume past 11 and DO IT!

update: There is some confusion on the Green Day fan clubs as to whether this video now constitutes an “official” release since greenday.com noted two weeks ago that “21st Century Breakdown” was going to be the next single. I am not really sure what is now going on in the Singles department, but if there are simultaneous releases of both songs, officially or unofficially, I am down with that. I love “East Jesus Nowhere”!

*hatthip to MassHysteria for pointing out the video from Greenday.com; post updated 9/19/09


Lushie Church of Wishful Thinking Edition: Prima Donna = Foxboro Hot Tubs in the UK?

Prima Donna Opens for Green Day in Europe

Prima Donna Opens for Green Day in Europe

I will admit that at times I am a card-carrying member of the Church of Wishful Thinking.* I can’t help it. I want to believe that all sorts of things are possible – world peace, the end of famine, a sane Republican Party, aliens – you know, stuff like that. Unfortunately, world peace is probably unattainable because people suck, the end of famine won’t happen because agribusiness is too strong, a sane Republican Party is currently an oxymoron, and aliens wouldn’t dare come to Planet Earth at the moment what with the shape that we’re in and all… though they would probably get a great exchange rate right now. The entire planet is half off!

However, some things can be inferred (right or wrong), and I would like to throw the rumor out there that somewhere in Europe (probably in England), the Foxboro Hot Tubs will play some secret shows.

How do I know? I don’t, but I present the following:
1. The Reverend Strychnine Twitch, lead singer of the Foxboro Hot Tubs and supposed lead singer and guitarist of Green Day, wrote in a May 30, 2008 FBHT blog post the following: “and with that said, thanks to all the Tub Heads for coming out for our first tour. Will there be more? I got you on my mind, england…STING!!!!! The Reverend Strychnine Twitch.”
2. Prima Donna, a great band from Los Angeles, will be opening for Green Day for the entire European tour.
3. Chinatown, one of the members of the Foxboro Hot Tubs, is rumored to be Kevin Preston, a member of Prima Donna.
4. Someone who will remain nameless and who saw FBHT on their tour last year, asked someone else who will also remain nameless and is a member of the Hot Tubs, if they were going to play in England at some point and the answer was in the affirmative.
5. Lastly, I just want it to happen something bad. If it happens on Green Day’s day off, Sunday, October 25th, this will be the icing on my wishful thinking cake. I’ll be in London that day after seeing Green Day the previous two nights at the 02. STINNG!!!

Like Mulder from the X-Files, I WANT TO BELIEVE.

We’ll see what happens.

The Lushie Gods be praised.

*See lyrics for East Jesus Nowhere


Highlights from the Breakdown: Los Angeles

The pit in Los Angeles seems to have been the most crowded of the pits during Green Day’s North American tour leg. The crowd was fabulous, the band, well, you know.

Here’s a few videos:

She:

Brainstew:

21 Guns (Pyrotechnic favorite, the waterfall effect included):

Van Halen; Tight Wad Hill; When I Come Around (TWH Special thanks to DJ Rossstar for reminding Billie of the words):

Storytime with Billie and We Are the Waiting/St. Jimmy:


Highlights of the Breakdown: San Jose II

In Albany and the two MSGs shows, Green Day entered the stage from backstage. In each of these shows, a recorded version of the first two parts or movements of 21st Century Breakdown, “Song of the Century” through to the title song’s course and repetitive “thuummpp, thuummpp” sound that echoes massively from the recording of Jason Freese’s piano. From there it goes live with Tré kicking in the drums, followed closely by Mike, Jason White, live Jason, and Billie and they are off to the races. (I’m not sure if Jeff plays an instrument here but he kicks in vocals.)

At San Antonio, Green Day entered the stage from the back of the AT&T Stadium.

It took them a while to walk from the back of the stadium around the aisle between the first row of seats and the stadium floor, to the front due to all of the high-fives and saying hi and shit like that (ha, “yo mike, what up!? “yo, man, doing a show!”) and by the time they arrived on stage to where my cohorts and I were at the very front of the barrier, the anticipation was palpable.

“21st Century Breakdown” sounded powerful and self-assured at all my shows, particularly for a slightly difficult and grandiose song with lots of beat and mood changes.

At the recent concert in San Jose, the stop closest to where Green Day hails in Northern California, this opening medley, as viewed below, sounds even more rich and deep and from the heart of a band happy to be back home to the whooping cheers of a hometown crowd.

Oh, and this time, they came up through the pit in the middle of the stadium floor. That takes balls! It’s dramatic the reaction that the crowd has to the band as they march through the crowd. Lucky San Jose!

“Song of the Century” and “21st Century Breakdown,”

Green Day, San Jose, CA, August 18, 2009

Of course, I was not at this San Jose show but from what I’ve seen and heard, it was the “Hartford of the West Coast,” if you will, only ten times more so; (sorry, San Jose AND Sacramento but L.A. took all kicked of your asses and took the the title, even, from reports, surpassing Hartford!). Also, the first highlight of San Jose is “Mother Mary,” which was talked about in an earlier posting.
*Found by way of Youtube.