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Green Day's 1st New Music Since 2012 Is Grim

'Bang Bang' is written from the perspective of a potential mass shooter

(Newser) - Green Day just released the pop-punk band's first new music (not counting a Christmas single) since 2012, NME reports. According to Rolling Stone , new song "Bang Bang" is a "grim, high-speed dive into the mind of a potential mass shooter." "To get into the brain... More »

Buzz Band: Green Day Starts Coffee Company

Oakland Coffee Works will sell compostable coffee containers

(Newser) - Green Day wants to be able to say welcome to paradise to people beyond my generation. That's why sweet children Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt are waving good riddance to wasteful coffee containers in favor of compostable ones, Modern Farmer reports. “I’ve been drinking coffee all... More »

Green Day Enters Hall of Fame in 1st Possible Year

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces inductees

(Newser) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the artists to be inducted next year at the April 18 ceremony in Cleveland, and Rolling Stone has reactions from most of them:
  • Green Day: "I had to go for a walk when I heard the news," says frontman
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Green Day, Smiths Score Hall of Fame Nominations

Nine Inch Nails, Sting also get first-time nominations

(Newser) - People who came of age in the '90s may be startled to learn that Green Day and Nine Inch Nails are now venerable enough to earn nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which requires a 25-year recording history. The other first-time nominees to the Class of... More »

4 Weird Objects Thrown at Singers in Concert

Some of them are a little gross

(Newser) - Really want to get the attention of a performer while attending their concert? These strange objects thrown onstage, rounded up by the Huffington Post , seem to have done the trick. A sampling:
  • A coin: Someone threw a coin at Kanye West during a Dublin concert; it didn't hit him,
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Billie Joe Armstrong: Meltdown Was Turning Point

That's when he knew he had to get help, he tells 'Rolling Stone'

(Newser) - For the first time, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is talking about rehab and substance abuse in the wake of his onstage meltdown last year . He'd struggled with alcohol and prescription drugs for years—"I couldn't predict where I was going to end up at the... More »

Things Walmart Deems Less Acceptable Than Guns

The Bushmaster AR-15 can stay, but pregnant barbie has to go

(Newser) - Despite a public outcry, Walmart is still selling "modern sporting rifles" (read: assault rifles), reportedly including the Bushmaster AR-15, the model used in the Newtown shooting. But there are some items too controversial for Walmart. The Huffington Post helpfully compiled a few of the things that Walmart apparently believes... More »

Pussy Riot Burns Putin Photo in Video for MTV

Video thanks Madonna, Green Day, and other supporters

(Newser) - Pussy Riot has released a punchy new video in which three members, dressed in the band's trademark colorful masks, repel down a massive wall adorned with a Pussy Riot banner and then set fire to a portrait of Vladimir Putin. Hanging alongside Putin's image is one of Belarussian... More »

Will Ferrell Awarded Twain Humor Prize

...before dropping it on the floor

(Newser) - Last year, it was Tina Fey ; this year, Will Ferrell rocked the Kennedy Center as he won the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor last night. The star-studded gala saw speeches from celebrities as diverse as Ben Stiller, Ed Asner, Molly Shannon, and Gwen Ifill, the Washington Post reports.... More »

Green Day Singer Kicked Off Flight for Baggy Pants

Billie Joe Armstrong refuses Southwest request to pull them up

(Newser) - Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong learned about airline security the hard way: He got booted off his Southwest Airlines flight this week because he refused to hike up his baggy pants, reports San Francisco's ABC 7 . When a flight attendant asked him to comply before takeoff, he responded,... More »

American Idiot Musical Rocks

Broadway learns to love punk music

(Newser) - Could a Green Day musical be the best Broadway show of the season? It's possible. Critics agree that American Idiot looks and sounds spectacular—though some bemoan its thin plot. Here's what they're saying.
  • It's “thrilling raucous and gorgeously wrought,” writes Charles Isherwood of the New York Times
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Fearless Grammy Predictions

Expect wins from Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Green Day

(Newser) - The Grammys are tonight, so Spin breaks down the best bets to take home a trophy.
  • Album of the Year: Taylor Swift’s Fearless is a shoo-in here, because “the only thing Grammy voters love as much as very old people is very young people"—though Lady Gaga
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The Year's Best Albums

U2's 'No Line on the Horizon' tops the list

(Newser) - Who says the album's dead? This year saw some fine ones, with veterans like U2 and Bruce Springsteen setting the bar. Rolling Stone rates the cream of the crop:
  1. U2, No Line on the Horizon: Bono & Co. explored “dark places” and came away “with a sense of
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Green Day Goes Rock Band

Music game version spanning group's career set for next year

(Newser) - Green Day is going digital. Harmonix is releasing a version of the Rock Band virtual guitar-playing video game next year featuring the band's music. Some songs from the band's latest album, 21st Century Breakdown, were playable on Rock Band as add-on songs, but frontman Billy Joe Armstrong tells MTV he's... More »

Jackson Tributes Steal Video Awards

If it weren't for a certain rapper, Michael would have stolen the show

(Newser) - With the exception of Kanye West's inebriated attack on Taylor Swift, last night’s MTV Video Music Awards were all about Michael Jackson, with longtime friend Madonna and sister Janet delivering moving tributes, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Material Girl introduced the tribute, while Janet performed her half of... More »

Green Day's Rock Opera Hits the Stage

Multiplatinum American Idiot a coming-of-age story

(Newser) - Green Day’s multiplatinum album American Idiot is taking the stage as a 75-minute rock opera that will “challenge the very definitions of punk, theater, and musical,” writes David Downs in the East Bay Express. A 19-member cast will showcase a “Fight Club-esque story of self-discovery through... More »

Best Rock Comebacks of All Time

You may not realize it, but Elvis was once a has-been

(Newser) - In honor of Blur’s triumphant return Sunday at the Glastonbury Festival, the Independent compiles a list of the best rock-and-roll comebacks:
  • Elvis Presley: The King was practically a has-been in 1968, following his army stint and a string of lackluster films. His black-leather-clad, blues-heavy appearance on an NBC Christmas
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Eminem's Relapse Tops Charts

New album pushes Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown to no. 2

(Newser) - Eminem's new album Relapse has sold more copies in its first week of release than any other album this year. The Detroit rapper's first album in nearly five years sold 608,000 copies and is his fifth straight No. 1 album. His last disc, 2004's Encore, sold 711,000 in... More »

Green Day Won't 'Censor' Album; Wal-Mart Won't Sell It

(Newser) - Wal-Mart isn’t selling Green Day’s new album because of explicit lyrics, and the band isn’t happy about it. “They won’t carry our record because they wanted us to censor it,” frontman Billie Joe Armstrong tells the AP. 21st Century Breakdown merits a parental-advisory label,... More »

Breakdown Trumps Even Idiot

(Newser) - After Green Day’s multi-platinum American Idiot, anticipation is off the charts for today’s release of 21st Century Breakdown. And it doesn’t disappoint. Here’s what critics are saying:
  • It’s “so masterful and confident it makes Idiot seem like a warm-up,” says Rob Sheffield of
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