Tag Archives: Billie Joe

Green Day In Cinemas Near You!

For one night only, on 15th November, MTV have teamed up with cinemas across Europe for an exclusive premiere of a crazy Green Day show recorded at the Olympia Halle in Munich. Check out the link below for more info and a listing of all UK cinemas showing the film, or watch the trailer for a taster of the madness to come!


Tagged , , , , , , ,

Artist Of The Week – Rancid

Well, seeing as I’m not going to be at any more gigs until Muse in September, I thought I may as well add a new feature. So every week, I’ll put up an artist that I think is worth listening to. There’ll be plenty of variety, so let me know what you think!

So, this week – Rancid. This ska-punk band from The East Bay Area in California are still going strong, after the release of ‘Let The Dominoes Fall’ last year.

Rancid was founded by two ex-members of the short lived, yet legendary Operation Ivy – Tim Armstrong, who is on lead vocals and guitar, and Matt Freeman on bass. (In my opinion, Rancid have some of the best bass in punk – Check out the amazing bass solo in the last 30 seconds of Maxwell Murder, on ‘…And Out Come the Wolves’

On drums, Tim and Matt chose Brett Reed, however he left in 2006, to be replaced by ex member of The Used – Branden Steineckert.

The band then searched for a second guitarist – their first choice was Billie Joe Armstrong, a good friend of Tim Armstrong – however he turned down the offer. This proved to be a good decision, as Billie now fronts one of the worlds biggest rock acts – Green Day, of course! Instead, Lars Frederiksen was chosen in 1993 – who also fronts his own solo band- Lars Frederiksen and The Bastards.

Rancid have had seven studio albums out since their formation in 1991 – Their most successful being ‘And Out Come the Wolves.’ This album has since gone platinum. Other successful albums included ‘Life Won’t Wait’, and ‘Let’s Go.’

I recommend Rancid due to the fact that they are just an amazing punk band. They produce a great mix of upbeat ska-punk tunes that will leave you feeling much better than you did before you began listening. They also have a knack of producing songs that stick in your head for weeks on end!

I’ve also heard that they are fantastic live, so if they are playing near you, don’t waste the opportunity – get saving for those tickets!

I would recommend listening to: Radio, Roots Radical, Black Lung, Disconnected, Last One To Die, Life Won’t Wait and Time Bomb.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Green Day – Wembley Arena, November 1st, 2009

Well, I finally went to my first ever gig! I jumped at the chance to go and see Green Day last November, as there is no doubt in my mind that they are my favourite band! I’ve been a Green Day fan for almost four years now, and after trawling through endless live videos of them on YouTube, I knew that I was in for a real treat!

The tour was in support of the band’s eighth studio album, 21st Century Breakdown. In my opinion, every album of theirs is fantastic, whether it be the Pop-Punky ‘Smoothed Out Slappy Hours’ or the deeply multi-million selling ‘American Idiot.’

We arrived to be greeted by Prima Donna, the support act for the night. My friend and I were shocked by the sheer volume of their old-school Rock N’ Roll. They were okay as a support band, despite their cheesy onstage antics. These included the introduction of the ‘Sexy Sax’, the ‘Killer Keys’, the ‘Dirty Drums’ and the ‘Golden Guitar’, and numerous windmills from lead singer and guitarist Kevin Tyler Preston, who I later learnt also plays guitar in the Foxboro Hottubs.

I felt a little sorry for them, as despite their energy and enthuiasm, as you would expect when supporting Green Day, they recieved a limited response from the crowd!

However, when Green Day arrived, everything changed. The audience went crazy as the band exploded into 21st Century Breakdown. Billie Joe was screaming that not a single person should be left sitting down by the end of the song! That’s what I love about Green Day; they have the ability to make anybody feel as if they are in the front row, no matter how big the venue. Billie Joe went on to say how much he loved Halloween, and how he thinks we should ‘dress up as freaks every night.’

I spent the evening next to a Spanish guy, who seemed to arrive drunk, and drink about 30 more beers throughout the evening. He then proceeded to smoke, seemingly unaware of the British policies, however it was all in good spirit, so I did my best to put up with him! He ended up screaming his lungs out to every song, straight into his girlfriend’s wincing face, completely oblivious to the fact that his tie was in his beer!

The setlist was fantastic. Green Day were on for about two and a half hours, bringing out old classics, such as Letterbomb, Scattered and Jaded, and crowd favourite King for a Day. Every song was perfect, and involved numerous crowd involvement. This included bringing 10 people on stage to be ‘saved’ during East Jesus Nowhere, and getting one kid on stage to spray the crowd with a Super Soaker, after Billie spotted him on his phone! The set also featured an amazing technical ¬†background, which brought the whole stage to life.

After the main set had finished, Billie Joe returned to the stage for an acoustic encore, for renditions of songs such as Macy’s Day Parade, Good Riddance and Christie Road.

I left Wembley feeling that I had set the standards high for my first ever gig. Who could possibly match Green Day in live performances? I really hope to see them again in the future.

Tagged , , , , , ,