Green Day to Play Intimate Show in Williamsburg

On Saturday, iconic “idiots” Green Day will play a sold out show at Webster Hall, but tonight a lucky few will be able to see the band perform for free (with purchase of their new CD) at Rough Trade in Williamsburg.

The rockers will be performing songs off their newest album, “Revolution Radio,” the group’s staggering twelfth studio album, out today. The lead single, “Bang Bang,” reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart and already has a frightening, bank robbery-themed music video. Check it out below.

Talking about “Bang Bang” Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone

“It’s about the culture of mass shooting that happens in America mixed with narcissistic social media. There’s this sort of rage happening, but it’s also now being filmed and we all have ourselves under surveillance. To me, that is so twisted. To get into the brain of someone like that was freaky. It freaked me out. After I wrote it, all I wanted to do was get that out of my brain because it just freaked me out.”

The album is available for purchase here. Green Day’s show tonight starts at 7 PM EST, with doors open at 6:30.

John Varvatos Gets High with Green Day

Self-proclaimed music fiend John Varvatos has turned artists like Iggy Pop, The Roots, Cheap Trick, and Alice Cooper into models for his previous campaigns, so it was only a matter of time before he asked Green Day to rep his brand. For the American menswear designer’s spring ad campaign captured by photographer Danny Clinch, band members Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool, and Mike Dirnt are found chilling on an iron beam against the Manhattan skyline—completely unfazed by the fact that they’re dangerously up high&#8212because that’s just what punk rockers do.

According to WWD, the shots reference "Philippe Petit’s daredevil act in Man on Wire and Charles C. Ebbets’ classic 1932 photograph, ‘Construction Workers Lunching on a Crossbeam.’" See more campaign images and a video here.

Since actors were the cover stars and campaign models of 2011, are musicians next?

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Headed To Rehab

Surprise, surprise: Billie Joe Armstrong from the band Green Day is headed to rehab just days after going ballistic onstage on the IHeartMusic Festival, smashing his guitar and screaming the word "fuck" repeatedly.

Armstrong lost his marbles onstage when he was told the band had one minute left to perform. In his profanity-fueled rant, the lead singer screamed that he was "not fucking Justin Bieber" and declared "I’ve been around since 198-fucking8." Now a rep for Green Day tells TMZ that the band is postponing future shows so Armstrong can check into rehab for substance abuse. Said the rep, "Green Day wants to apologize to those they offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas." I think that means you, Justin Bieber. 

Good luck in rehab, Billie Joe. I hope you have the time of your life, yuk yuk.

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Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Freaks Out Onstage, Uses The Word “Fuck” A Lot

Perhaps he stabbed himself with his eyeliner before the iHeartMusic Festival, because Green Day’s lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong was a little high strung. Watch as he loses his temper onstage when he’s told the band has one minute left to play. 

Armstrong, whom the YouTuber uploader says was drunk, started shouting the concert organizers and chastising them for making him get offstage for Usher. And he used "fuck" a lot. And smashes his guitar. Which would all be pretty bad-ass for an eighth grader.

You can watch the video here:


Or read the transcript:

Oh, fuck this shit! I’m gonna play a fucking new song! Fuck this shit! Give me a fucking break! One minute left! One minute fucking left! You’re gonna give me one fucking minute? Look at that fucking sign right there — one minute! Let me fucking tell you something, let me tell you something, I’ve been around since fucking 198-fucking-8. And you’re gonna give me one fucking minute? You’ve gotta be fucking kidding me! You’re fucking kidding me! What the fuck! I’m not fucking Justin Bieber, you motherfuckers! You’ve gotta be fucking joking! This is a fucking joke! I got one minute — one minute left. Oh, now I got nothing left! Let me show you what one fucking minute fucking means! (smashes guitar onstage) One minute. God fucking love you all. We’ll be back.

Yeah, you showed them.

The funniest bit about this all is how the sound tech guys in the background (near where the "1 minute" sign) are cracking up at Billie Joe’s rant. 

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Afternoon Links: Holographic Nate Dogg To Perform At Coachella, Obama More Diplomatic On Kanye

● Allowing neither lousy weather nor death stop him, it is rumored that Nate Dogg will perform posthumously alongside Dr. Dre and friends at Coachella via hologram technology. [TMZ]

● According to Little, Brown, J.K. Rowling’s first post-Potter novel, The Casual Vacancy, will be a "darckly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising" about a parish council election that “becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.” "Very different to Harry," Rowling says. [GalleyCat]

● Green Day is readying a trilogy of albums for the fall — ¡Uno! for September, ¡Dos! for November, and ¡Tré! for January. [Billboard]

Out has culled together a fascinating oral history of Queercore, or, as they’ll have it, "the movement that changed the world (whether you knew it or not)." [Out]

● In a heartfelt letter posted to the BeyHive, Beyoncé thanks Michelle Obama for being the "ULTIMATE example of a truly strong African American woman," and particularly so for her baby Blue Ivy. "I am proud to have my daughter grow up in a world where she has people like you to look up to," she writes. Aww! [RapFix]

● During Round Two, President Obama allows that Kanye West is "smart" and "very talented," while maintaining that, "He is a jackass." [TheAtlantic]

Green Day Is Now Modeling for John Varvatos

I’m just going to go ahead and say it. I’m not a fan of Green Day.  I liked Dookie, but anything beyond that just never reached my radar. But who am I to argue with legions of Broadway fans who turned up to see American Idiot?  Apparently they are still as relevant and beloved as ever and even picked up a modeling gig with John Varvatos.  The ads are up now, along with a Man On Wire-styled video.

Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool follow a long list of rockers who’ve posed for the brand including The Roots, Cheap Trick, Iggy Pop and Alice Cooper.   “It’s just the right combination of laid-back and outrageous to perfectly represent the star quality of the band and the only place big enough to hold them," Varvatos said.

This is punk rock, kids?

Morning Links: Soldiers Petition to Ban Soulja Boy, Justin Bieber Gets a Grill

● Soulja Boy has drawn the ire of a group of actual soldier boys with his new song “Let’s Be Real,” wherein he sings “Fuck the FBI and fuck all the army troops,” and now they’re petitioning to get his music banned from army bases. [TMZ] ● Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong was kicked of a Southwest flight for letting his pants sag too low. [ABC] ● Jay-Z, Gwenyth Paltrow, Beyoncé, and baby spent the weekend celebrating Bey’s 30th birthday in Venice on an enormous yacht. It was surely the envy of all the gondoliers. [DailyMail]

● In lieu of a wedding gift, Jersey Shore‘s Pauly D has promised Kim Kardashian he’ll deejay Dash’s Fashion’s Night Out party, a service for which he’d usually command $40,000. [NYDN] ● Madonna says that she’s “started a little bit of work” and should have a new album ready for spring. [Billboard] ● Justin Bieber got himself fitted for a “swagged the fuck out” grill. Granmamas hate it, but lil mamas love it. [Rap-Up]

Green Day Rips the Joint on Jimmy Fallon

For those of you not in the loop, The Rolling Stones, “The Greatest Rock ‘n Roll Band In The World,” are re-releasing the greatest rock ‘n roll album of all time (I will brook no contention on this point) Exile on Main St. next week on May 18. To celebrate/promote the Exile re-release, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is hosting a series of contemporary artists performing classic songs from Exile every night this week. Last night’s artist was Green Day, and they tore the roof off the 30 Rock studio with an electric performance of “Rip This Joint.”

“Rip This Joint” is an interesting choice for a lead-off performance: it’s widely beloved and appreciated among Stones fans for being one of the fastest and most brutal songs in the band’s catalog, but it was never released as a single. Also interesting is the choice of Green Day themselves, as the band is one of the few of their generation who have followed the Stones’ career trajectory. Once considered punk upstarts, Green Day quickly grew into mainstream sellouts, then reinvented themselves as a major stadium act. Mick Jagger has even commented in the past that Green Day is one of the few bands he sees as having the potential to reach the Stones’ commercial level (whether that’s a good thing is another matter).

There seems to be a fair amount of professional admiration between the two bands. Here’s a video of Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong discussing his Stones fandom, way back in 2001:

For a full list of the musical artists performing Stones songs this week, click here.

Where Celebs Go Out: Green Day, Serena Williams, Dr. Oz, Carla Gugino

Billy Joe Armstrong at the Broadway opening of Green Day’s American Idiot: I don’t have any favorites. I like anywhere and everywhere. I went to go see “Everyday Rapture” last night, and then I went to punk-rock karaoke down on the Lower East Side, it was at Arlene’s Grocery. ● Mike Dirnt: Honestly, I like to meet friends for a nice pint at McSorley’s, the oldest pub in New York. ● Tre Cool: I like to go to Gray’s Papaya at 72nd Street and get cheap hot dogs.

Serena Williams: Oh, I don’t go out too much. I love Mr. Chow in Miami. ● Donald Trump: Only at Trump properties! Jean Georges. ● Carla Gugino: I’m a big fan of Morandi. I just went there for brunch for the first time. And I love a little Mediterrean place called Taim. ● Camryn Manheim: The truth is I like to go to a casino and play some poker in Los Angeles and Vegas. And I love to go to all the places here after the show. Joe Allen, Angus, Bar Centrale. ● Whoopi Goldberg: I don’t go out, but when I am out in the city, I go and get my hot dogs from Gray’s Papaya. Which one? I like all of them. ● Dr. Oz at HealthCorps “Garden of Good and Evil” gala to fight obesity: I like Candle 79 a lot. It’s my favorite vegetarian restaurant. It’s easy to get to, and I love the way they pull together tastes that are unique. And by the way, they supply my food in the green room, for my show. I order out, and Candle 79 caters it. They have a seitan dish and they look like chimichurri. ● Roger Ross Williams: I hang out a lot at Norwood, which is a private club, on 14th Street. It’s a whole brownstone. There’s a restaurant and a number of bars. I live on the Lower East Side, so I hang out there at a lot of different bars. I love restaurants, so sometimes Spotted Pig, Pastis a lot for lunch. Right now, I’m like editing in the Meat Packing District at an edit house, so I’ve been to the Standard a lot. ● Rocco DiSpirito: I still go to Balthazar and Spotted Pig and places like that. I love going to Balthazar and getting a big plateau of fruits de mer, you know the three-level plateau, with a couple of friends and some good white wine. ● Ben Vereen: Koi restaurant. I like the food, the ambiance, and the people.