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Billie Joe’s Guitar – Not Blue – Gibson Harmony Hollow Body

Top 3 and AI 200th Show Tweet - Green Day Twitter

I probably should be writing about Green Day’s tour in South America, but I’m still digesting what’s happening down yonder. The end-of-the-tour shows have been massive celebrations (as BJ said recently in a Brazilian press conference, “this is not a parting, this is a fucking celebration”), as folks in Venezuela, Colombia and so far, two shows in Brazil, have seen crowds that are completely one with the band during the shows. I’ve been lucky over the last year to go to fourteen Green Day shows (plus one Pinhead Gunpowder and two Foxboro Hot Tubs gigs), but I have yet to see a live Green Day show like what I’ve seen via video from South America. In fact, Green Day tweeted out after Porto Alegre in Brazil that the show was in their “top 3 craziest shows” ever. Over a 22-year career like Green Day’s, I’m sure that’s a pretty tall order. Good on ya, Brazil. Keep knocking the boys out, tell ’em how much we love ’em.

Billie Joe Armstrong Gibson Harmony Hollow Body - Photo via Green Day Twitter

Billie Joe Armstrong recently tweeted out a photo with the sentence, “I love this thing.” What was that thing? A beautiful Gibson Harmony Hollow Body guitar. While fans are talking about how his steady guitar “Blue” has recently changed since he has a lot of replicas of his original guitar (there is a marked difference in the Blues from the end of the North American tour and the start of the South American tour), I’ve been fascinated with Armstrong’s use of the hollow bodies. I don’t remember seeing him use this type of guitar during any of the shows that I was lucky enough to attend until the most recent Hartford, CT gig. My friend Jill and I talked about it, and we seem to be the only two out there doing so while everyone else focuses on “Blue.” I don’t blame them for that at all, but I can’t help but wonder if the future of Green Day’s musical direction lies in the hollow body sound, which offers a bit more controlled rawness and reminds me of a Foxboro sound. I am not going to pretend that I’m an expert in guitars because I’m not. I read somewhere on one of the forums exactly what kind of year and make this Gibson Harmony is, but I can’t find it now. If you have any info about the guitar or anything else regarding these types of guitars and Green Day, just shoot it in the comments, why don’t you?

Billie Joe Armstrong Hollow Body - Photo by xGeneralxS

I think that Jason White plays a hollow body on the tour and they use them in the studio, but like I said, I don’t remember Billie Joe using them onstage himself until the start of the second leg of the North American tour, where he played two of them, I believe the one that he tweeted about as well as a second one, pictured on the left from the Hartford show.

Below are two videos of BJ playing each one.

 

“Minority” Solo on Hollow Body – Green Day, Hartford, CT – YourBestShotMedia

“Minority” With Gibson Harmony Hollow Body at 2:15- Green Day, Porto Alegre, Brazil – rafazce

In a recent press conference interview in Venezuela, Green Day was asked a question regarding why they do side project work such as the Foxboro Hot Tubs. Billie Joe replied: “We just like to do different things, we like to change identities… to make things funner and more interesting, like the band, the Foxboro Hot Tubs… because you need a release from doing a project like 21st Century Breakdown. But what I would like to do in the future is to try to combine both, where Green Day is like… the big project, but also something that’s really fun and has that sorta-party-sorta atmosphere and that celebratory atmosphere at the same time.”

Since I heard Billie Joe say that in Venezuela, I’ve been trying to ponder out exactly what that means. I guess the bottom line is that we’ll know what when they tell us. I’m not sure if the Foxboro Hot Tubs album, Stop, Drop, and Roll used hollow bodies in its production, but these guitars certainly lend themselves well to that garage, celebratory sound, and I can’t help but wonder if a future Green Day album will sound like the Foxboro Hot Tubs or vice-versa. Both Mike Dirnt in a recent interview in Colombia and the above-mentioned Billie Joe interview in Venezuela, said that the band already has a bunch of songs written for a potential new album. Whether that’s both a new Green Day and a new Foxboro album, who knows? After American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown, both massive albums with a concept-focus, and the raw plunk of the Foxboro Hot Tubs’ Stop, Drop, and Roll, the only thing I know is that I’m fascinated by the future sound paths of both Green Day and the Foxboro Hot Tubs, whatever those futures hold.

For more information on Gibson’s Hollow Body guitars, here’s some links of interest:

Harmony Semi-Acoustic Guitars

Subway Guitars: Jazz and Hollow Body

Vintage Guitars – This is a great site that has a wide selection of Gibson guitars profiled, plus old catalogs archived.

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Insomniac is 15!, 10/10/10 – Director Terence Malick’s Thin Red Line – Billie Chavez on a Llama Looking for International Fans Who Couldn’t Make It to South America

First of all, Happy 15th Anniversary, to Insomniac!

As you may all know, I bought my first Green Day album in 2005, American Idiot. It wasn’t until 2009 when I became a bit… uh… focused on Green Day… did I buy the remainder of their music catalog, so all of the music that I missed from Back in the Day is really fresh to me. Yea, yea, I’m a noob, sue me. For me, Insomniac (as well as Nimrod) has some of the hardest-hitting, “I hate me and everyone else, too” songs from Green Day, mean, furious, frustrated, from “86,” to “Jaded,” to “Armatage Shanks,” and of course, “Walking Contradiction,” “Brat” and ” Geek Stink Breath” and the seriously neglected, “Panic Song.” Ah, when I’m in a mood for destruction, Insomniac is the one for me.

I read a curious story the other day about the reclusive director, Terence Malick. According to an article in Slate on the film’s upcoming re-release, Malick, while editing the 1998 film, The Thin Red Line, completed the entire process for the film with the film’s sound OFF and listening to an unspecified Green Day album. Presumably, loud. Since the film came out in 1998, the album Malick listened to could very well have been 1997’s Nimrod, but, I can picture him listening to 1995’s Insomniac as well. The film is about young American World War II soldiers facing their biggest fear, heading straight into a sure death in order to secure the Pacific island of Guadalcanal from the Japanese. Here are two articles about the movie, the one from Slate, as well as a commentary from the blog, Death and Taxes, that talks specifically about what Green Day album Malick could have listened to while editing The Thin Red Line.

Anyway, back to the subject at hand, general silliness, I like that I discovered Green Day fully after they (and me) matured a bit, because they still like to act the stupid, and I think it’s a great way to live your life.

I mean, how many really fucking happy and bigger-than-life celebrity folks on the Twitter actually upload photos of themselves in Fatbooth? Or, who would dare get on a llama, a short llama… as a short… person… and take the picture below? Uh… yea, that guy, Billie Joe Armstrong. He’s head Idiot, with a capital I, for sure.

Short Dude on a Llama Somewhere in Colombia - Photo presumably by Chris Dugan

The photo, tweeted out last night sometime after their arrival in Colombia, came before Billie Joe tweeted that the Minnesota Twins would win over the New York Yankees in the Playoff Series Game. Well, that was a bit of Lushie Wishfulthinking cause of course, the Yankees won over the Twins. The Yankees go on toward yet another possible World Series win. Blech. Baseball isn’t even fun anymore when the same damned team wins all the time.

Anyhoo, here are the series of Tweets from yesterday, great for a chuckle.

GreenDay Green Day
GreenDay Green Day
Twins will beat the yanks! My prediction!
GreenDay Green Day
Oh well.. Thanks to Jeter for the seats a couple years ago!! Hahaha. Oh shut up! Its only a game

St. Billie - T-shirt Silkscreen by Luanne Iwan

These tweets came the day after Billie tweeted that he was in Venezuela watching the government channel, En Vivo Television and that country’s leader (a man reviled and loved in that country and the world, with a lean toward reviled), Hugo Chavez, was talking with kids on the teevee. Billie mentioned that Chavez looked like his dad, Andy Armstrong, and then he called himself, “Billie Chavez.” Boy oh boy, did that cause a storm of replies back at him about Chavez, which may have prompted Billie’s later Tweet about the baseball game, “Oh shut up. It’s just a game”… which could easily be translated to, “Oh shut up, it’s just a joke” about Chavez and his dad. I’ve only seen one picture of Billie’s dad, and frankly, he does look a bit like Chavez. Billie likes to name himself different things in his Tweets… such as Billie Jonas and St. Jimmy. He’s got a new nickname these days, too, from fans. “St. Billie.”

I had a vivid picture in my mind when I first saw the Plizi photo, at first of Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator, a parody of the Nazi era. Chaplin is mistaken for the rule of Tomania, and hilarity, with an ending serious message, ensues. Of course, Billie Joe would never be an evil dictator, but I can see Billie Joe as the leader of his own little liberal Greenmania, somewhere deep in the Rain Forest, where that million-person sex party he tweeted about a few weeks ago should take place. I’m just saying. It would be an awesome venue for it, lol.

Anyhoo, then another thought came up, sparked by a conversation on (evil) Facebook about the photo:

ANNE: hahhaa….he is lookin for us…..not used to us not being around him……….WHERE OH WHERE ARE MY FAN FREAKS??? HA HAA
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GDM: ‎”Where are you? Our fans from far away? From Australia? Europe? East Coast? West Coast! These fans are new and awfully cute, but I can’t find you!” lol.
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GDM: ‎”I shall take my llama and ride it upon this land of South America until I find you!”
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GDM: Oh man, I’m gonna have to blog that, Anne. 🙂
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BM: haha, love it Anne & GDM! 🙂
he’s soooo ‘green’.
how i’d love to be below the equator with them.
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GDM: Yep. Oh well.
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ANNE: We could all take my jet, that is parked in my garage…..no one else can see it but me though……I don’t get that……xxxoo
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J. EIGHTY-SIX: This pic is so awesome. Is there a story to go with it, or is it just a question of when in Rome…?! Either way the llama looks proud to have Billie on its back.
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GDM: Rome. Billie. Lllama. When. And yes, he does, lol! Ha, man, they are just having the time of their life. I hope that we see some ones of Mike and Tre, that would be awesome! Maybe in a rainforest or something. Ha.
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J. EIGHTY-SIX: ‎…with monkeys….
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GG: ~ LOL ~
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BW: who doesn’t want billie on their back? just saying
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J. EIGHTY-SIX: Haha, this is very true BW…

Ground Llama with Green Day - Fun with Photoshop by Fabionei

Yes, that’s what he’s doing, in our minds… looking for us fans from Australia, Europe, South Africa, the Far East, the West Coast, the East Coast and Middle America who didn’t get to head down to the wonderful (despite all the problems many of the countries have) places in South America to party with the boys. I’m sure there are many lovely new fans down that way who you will meet, hungry after a ten-year absence to have God’s favorite band, Green Day, perform with them. Though cheer up, leader of Greenmania, Billie Chavez! I hear there are more than a few folks heading down to Costa Rica to meet new fan friends from Central America and party hardy with you, too. In the meantime… going to Pasa-llama, indeed. I think we all need to hitch a ride on “Ground Llama” as well as the new (fake) Green Day airline enterprise jokingly dubbed by photographer, Michelle Lawlor, as “Idiot Air” and get on down to Pasa-llama, stat!

Going to Pasa-llama! - Signature by @StickIt2daMan (Twitter) - Logan Kimber


Back on the Road Again – Green Day Hits South America

Green Day in Venezuela - Unknown Photographer

Green Day is back on the road again as they hit Venezuela today to start a month-long, ten-city tour of South America and the Central American country of Costa Rica. The tour starts on 10/08/10 and ends on 10/29/10. From what I understand, Green Day hasn’t appeared in South America for many years now, and the Continent is completely ready for them to play.

After a triumphant week-long, eight-show run in Broadway’s, American Idiot, Billie Joe Armstrong joined his bandmates, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool, in Caracas at a press conference today. You can see a part of that interview below.

Mike Dirnt did an interview yesterday for a Colombian radio station. You can hear that interview here (conducted in English) and he says some very interesting things about their upcoming live album, and says that they have already written about thirty songs for a new, non-live album, and he hints at… wait for it… a possible DVD coming out with the live album as well. Hmmm… nice hints, don’t you think? Some folks at the Green Day Community think that the live album should be named, Green Day Live: Awesome As Fuck. Hmm. I like that.

Thanks to “shesarebel” from Twitter, we found out that the press conference in Venezuela was livestreamed today. The press conference feed on Ustream failed after about 28 minutes [WATCH FULL CONFERENCE HERE], and the short clip below is a bit awkward as the translation between English and Spanish went a little haywire here and there. In the link at Ustream, Billie Joe mentions that the band is trying to mesh the sound of Green Day with the party element of the Foxboro Hot Tubs. Hmm. Something is afoot in the world of Green Day and personally, I can’t wait to hear what the future holds.

Oh, and please, no one tell Billie Joe that in actuality, Green Day DOES have a Facebook page… albeit it’s a band page and not a personal page… but heck, I suppose what he doesn’t know won’t hurt us, eh?

I know a few people who are heading to the show in Costa Rica, and one of them asked me if I was going also. Luckily (blah) my passport needs renewal, and heck, I’m broke as sin anyway, so no Costa Rica for me. If you’re heading to a show for this very last leg of the tour, have a great time, why don’t you?


Green Day Announces Central/South American Tour – Trends on Twitter!

It’s been 12 years since Green Day last hit South America’s biggest country, Brazil. Twelve long, cold years for our South American friends. Well, their wait is over! Today Greenday.com announced several dates in October for the countries of Brazil (four dates), Peru (one date) and the Central American country of Costa Rica (one date). Once announced, the Twitterverse went crazy and Green Day trended for a few hours on word of the news. No other dates or countries have been announced at this point, so stay tuned to Greenday.com in case more countries and dates are added. And congrats! You’re gonna have a blast!

New South American Tour Dates!!!

BRAZIL

City, Country: São Paulo, Brazil
Show Date: October 20th, 2010
ON-SALE: May 25th, 2010
Ticketing Link: www.livepass.com.br
Call Center / POS: N/A

City, Country: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Show Date: October 15th, 2010
ON-SALE: May 27th, 2010
Ticketing Link: www.livepass.com.br
Call Center / POS: N/A

City, Country: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Show Date: October 13th, 2010
ON-SALE: July16th, 2010
Ticketing Link: TBA
Call Center / POS: TBA

City, Country: Brasilia, Brazil
Show Date: October 17th, 2010
ON-SALE: July 16th, 2010
Ticketing Link: TBA
Call Center / POS: TBA

PERU

City, Country: Lima, Peru
Show Date: October 26th, 2010
ON-SALE: May 15th, 2010
Ticketing Link: http://www.tuentrada.com.pe
Call Center / POS: 00511- 618-3838 / Plaza Vea and Vivanda Stores

COSTA RICA

City, Country: SAN JOSE DE COSTA RICA
Show Date: October 29th, 2010
ON-SALE: May 15th, 2010
Ticketing Link: www.specialticket.net
Call Center / POS: + 50 62 2206-7770


Green Day Live Withdrawal: San Antonio Edition

The last of Green Day’s four United States tour shows that I attended (Albany and the two shows at MSG being the first three) occurred this past Sunday, August 9th in San Antonio. The show is a bit of a blur to me since I had flown in that morning to Austin and drove directly to San Antonio and stood in the hot Texas sun for a few hours. I was wiped out before the show started and by the end, drained.

Billie Joe Armstrong with my red hat and East Jesus Nowhere Kids - Green Day - AT&T Center, San Antonio, August 9, 2009

Billie Joe Armstrong with my red hat and East Jesus Nowhere Kids - Green Day - AT&T Center, San Antonio, August 9, 2009

Photo by Chris Dugan, greenday.com

I remember Billie taking my silly red hat with the “13” and the skull, and Sara’s wonderful turn in “Longview,” as well as her funny stage dive that was more like a “crowd hop” with the audience carrying her directly back to our spot at the front barrier afterward. I remember “Welcome to Paradise” and “No Pride,” and Tré’s turn in “Hitchin’ a Ride” and Mike trying to throw me a pic and missing, but really, everything else is a blur. Frankly, when the guitar of “Minority” began in the first encore and the drums kicked in and the confetti started flying, I had to force myself not to cry. I felt a bit stupid for tearing up, but it truly dawned on me then that another fantastic show (each of the four better than the one previous to it) had ended and more than likely, I would not see Green Day live again until the Summer of 2010.

It was quite overwhelming.

I was standing at the very front of the barrier that separates the stage from the audience, at the feet of Mike and Billie. We had very clear views of each other all night and I didn’t want them to see (not that they would have) any sadness or tears on my face after two hours of smiles and laughs and play. But really, I couldn’t help myself. The final acoustic guitar solos that Billie did that night, “Words I Might Have Ate,” “Last Night On Earth,” and of course, “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” hit me like a ton of bricks. I couldn’t turn around to see Billie at the end of the catwalk during “Words I Might Have Ate,” and I couldn’t muster up a smile either. I just stared backstage and watched Mike and his wife, Brittney, and looked at the lights and the stage and the organ and the drums and tried to remember the pyro and all of the great stage moments that the band had given me over the course of four shows in two States.

And then, the last notes of “Good Riddance” were strummed, Billie turned around, walked up the catwalk with his guitar in the air toward backstage, and that was it. I let out a giant sigh, and turned to Sarita and J’net and the other GDCers and ICers that I was with and headed out. Truly, it had made me happy to see everyone so happy but now it was back to reality.

I am suffering from withdrawal and the proud remnants of a giant, Green Day handgrenade-shaped bruise on my upper arm.

Barrier Bruise - Green Day - AT&T Center, San Antonio, August 9, 2009

Barrier Bruise - Green Day - AT&T Center, San Antonio, August 9, 2009

Luckily, I’m flying out to Berkeley to see American Idiot: The Musical next month, for the September 25, 2009 show. (Frequent flyer miles and friends that I can stay with, yah!) There’s an after-show discussion, probably just with the cast since Green Day’s European leg of the tour starts on September 28th in Barcelona. I picked the date so that I could listen to the cast and director talk about the vision and direction for the show. If Green Day shows up, well, it’s an added bonus, but truthfully, it’s ok if they don’t, too.

I’m lucky to have this one last event of the year, but, if I had the time or money, I’d head to England in a heartbeat and see the shows there. It may sound daft, but I’m saving every penny so that I’ll have more freedom next year to pick and chose to see them again in the United States and hopefully, England. I would love to go to South America to see them early next year, too. It’s always good to dream.

Thanks to Billie Joe, Mike and Tré (and Jason and Jason and Jeff), and the crew (especially Micah with his kitty ears), and the Verizon gang (Chris and Britton and the wonderful girl whose name I never caught) and the security (even if you were assholes sometimes, but at least you kept everyone safe), and Chris Dugan for the amazing photographs and all of the Idiot Club and Green Day Community fans that I met or talked with, for an amazing four nights of music, fun, punk, dancing, bruises, pyro, pranks, old songs and new ones, happiness and everything else in between. May the Lushie gods keep us all safe and rocking on until we see a Green Day show next time (which is quicker for some of you than others 🙂 ).

Set List:

Song of the Century
21st Century Breakdown
Know Your Enemy
East Jesus Nowhere
Holiday
The Static Age
Before The Lobotomy
Are We The Waiting
St. Jimmy
BOBD
Murder City
Hitchin a Ride
Welcome To Paradise
No Pride
Several Song Medley (Rock You Like A Hurricane, Master of Puppets, Iron Man, and a couple of others)
When I Come Around
Brain Stew
Jaded
Longview
Basket Case
She
King For A Day
Shout
21 Guns
American Eulogy

Encore 1
American Idiot
Minority
Encore 2 (Acoustic)
Words I Might Have Ate
Last Night On Earth
Good Riddence