November 17, 1997 |
Green Day, three guys from Berkeley, Calif., who have sold more albums than any punk band in history, aren't making millions off their originality. It's their energy, attitude and hooks, plus rock-solid musicianship, that have propelled them to the top of the heap. And in Friday's show at the Electric Factory, they had enough of all four to burn. The trio ignored most songs on its new album, Nimrod (Reprise), that vary from the punk genre. Except for the Stray Cat strut of "Hitchin' a Ride" and the show's closer, a solo acoustic "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
November 1, 2004 |
Can a punk-rock band maintain its credibility after delivering an aim-to-please arena show featuring mini-rock operas, special effects, a roof-raising version of Otis Day & the Knights' "Shout," a Queen cover, and a hulking professional football player (Eagles fullback Jon Ritchie) playing bass on an Operation Ivy song? Affirmative, as Green Day proved with a powderkeg performance at the nearly full Liacouras Center Friday that balanced the politically charged ire of their new concept album, American Idiot, with the image of loony-bin exiles they've cultivated over the last decade.
February 15, 2013 |
The first thing you learn about American Idiot , the touring Green Day rock musical that opened Tuesday at the Merriam Theater, is that the show has more middle fingers and impolite words in five minutes than you'd get in five hours on South Street. For the next 90 minutes, the it-sucks-to-be-young perspective roars out of about 40 video monitors, 20 thoroughly capable singing actors, and 21 articulate, mostly high-decibel songs authored by the band and performed in a plain, industrial basement full of junky couches.
June 16, 2006 |
Green Day single-handedly resurrected '70s punk, single-handedly saving Punkness for the world. Now, the Berkeley, Calif.-born troupe has saved an actual life. Fact it's their art that saved the life of one Ruby Wilson. The 12-year-old Brit fan was cleaning up the garden at her family home in Halifax, Yorkshire, when she found "what looked like a round metal object," she told Halifax Today. She coulda played with it. But she quickly realized her find "looked like a hand grenade.
May 30, 2002 |
Green Day and Blink-182 shared top billing Tuesday night as the "Pop Disaster" tour set up at the Tweeter Center. But only one took home the crown. Like most bands to reach Behind the Music status, Green Day has a mythology, a survival story. It broke into the mainstream in 1994, when jumping the independent-label ship and signing with a major was practically a sin, and the band suffered for it. Heckled for treason by alienated punk fans and seemingly uneasy with its new, broader audience, Green Day displayed that tension in its live shows.
November 16, 1995 |
That's Green Day, up ahead, in the passing lane. The snot-nosed trio of cartoony California pop-punks play their music at 100 m.p.h. Like Little Richard or the Sex Pistols, they're never boring because they're so afraid of being bored. Faster, faster: Alienation is approaching from behind! At the Civic Center on Tuesday, the Bay Area band played for barely more than an hour. Did any of the preschool to high school kids, bounding about like overdosed chocoholics, feel gypped?
November 10, 1995 |
So what do the members of Green Day say when the purists imply that it's not possible to play sports arenas and be a punk-rock band? "I agree with them," says Mike Dirnt, bass player for the trio from Berkeley, Calif., who will bring the full-speed-ahead, obnoxious brat pop of the eight-times platinum Dookie and the new Insomniac (Reprise) to the Civic Center Tuesday. "We have certain ideals that have a lot to do with where we come from," Dirnt says, referring to the East Bay punk community from which Green Day sprang with the early Lookout releases 1,039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours (1990)
January 25, 2015 |
In the hallway outside the respective locker rooms, Archbishop Carroll star Derrick Jones graciously congratulated Neumann-Goretti's Quade Green for his play in a back-and-forth contest before an overflow and raucous crowd. Green, an up-and-coming sophomore guard with multiple Division I scholarship offers, calmly buried a right-wing three-pointer with only 1.2 seconds to play to lift the Saints to a 71-69 triumph in a beyond thrilling Catholic League contest in Radnor. "I just followed my mechanics," Green said of connecting on a feed from Lamarr Kimble.
August 4, 1994 |
Never underestimate the power of three chords and a bad attitude. The no- frills formula has continued to reinvigorate pop since the dawn of rock and roll. It worked for Chuck Berry, the Rolling Stones, the Sex Pistols and Nirvana. And Green Day knows it well. Green Day, the trio of Bay-area suburban punks whose major-label debut album Dookie (Reprise) has taken the music industry by surprise, played to a packed house at the Trocadero yesterday. The band makes no secret of its admiration for its punk predecessors.
May 22, 2009 |
GREEN DAY'S "21st Century Breakdown" is the top-selling CD in America. Wal-Mart is the top CD retailer in America. But you can't buy "Breakdown" at Wal-Mart. What gives? The band says Wal-Mart refused to stock "21st Century Breakdown" because Green Day refused to edit the album for language and content. But, you say, Wal-Mart carries lots of objectionable musical content among its aisles of objectionable merchandise. True, but Green Day's album isn't mass-produced in Chinese sweatshops.