Sometimes obsessively combing Twitter pays off–if you were in the know last night, you were probably front and center at Mezzanine, where Bay Area legends Green Day staged a surprise show to kick off Rip Curl Pro Search, shredding now at Ocean Beach. They ripped through an entire set of classics and even threw in a Misfits cover, somehow seeming more youthful than ever.
Local moshpit makers Ty Segall and Kut U Up opened. Were you there?
Are local rockers are in mass exodus? Both Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Metallica's Kirk Hammett have sold their surprisingly tame Bay Area cribs. Hammet's Pac Heights mansion has been on the market since 2005 and sold for nearly $9 million, while Armstrong's Oakland hills home sold for $4.8 within months its September listing. Each comes with a private recording studio, of course. Roadies not included.
Berkeley Rep’s Green Day rock-opera “American Idiot”- which world premiered last night at Berkeley Rep - is a hugely ambitious project that bombards with sound, vision and thrashing emotion. It looks, smells and sounds like teen spirit.
The plot takes a familiar path that goes like this: the anti-hero leaves home, lives in squalor, becomes disillusioned, rocks, rages against the machine, takes drugs, angsts more, rocks more and does more drugs. The end point is either death or redemption. And that's pretty much it.
Most of the time, a night at the theater at Berkeley Rep is filled with an audience of full-on grown-ups with faculty beards and grey streaks. The crowd at last night’s opening of the world premiere of “American Idiot”, the staged adaptation of the Green Day concept album, was a horse of many snazzier colors and an entirely more youthful demographic.
Adding melody to substance can be a risky business. And next week, Berkeley Rep will try it with Green Day’s “American Idiot” – the theatrical afterthought to the band’s Grammy winning multi-platinum rock album.
The musical, which features an onstage band and includes every song from the album as well as several songs from Green Day’s new CD, “21st Century Breakdown”, is directed by Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening).
Oldies but goodies start and end the week, while a sprinkling of progressive hip-hop and the second annual Rock Make Street festival will be a nice warm-up for Outside Lands in t minus 10 days. So buckle up kids, here we go.
Green Day & Franz Ferdinand, HP Pavilion, 8/18: Get your blast from the past here with these ex-punk revivalists turned pop-rockers on tour for the first time in three years for their brand new album 21st Century Breakdown. Openers are Scottish sensations Franz Ferdinand.
Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown is set to drop May 15th, and a glowing review in the NY Times has us giddy with anticipation. Aside, from comparing the album to artists like The Who and Beatles, we hear that the album's tone follows American Idiot's political fervor but with a bit more optimism. (We can thank Obama for that.) The aging trio may not be as punk as they once were when they played 924 Gilman, but we're glad to hear the angst and fire is still there.
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What are Green Day up to when they're not playing impromptu shows around the Bay? Golfing, apparently. But for a cause. The band hit Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland yesterday to host the third annual Music in Schools Today golf tournament, an event that benefits the music curriculum in the Oakland Unified School District.