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Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong rushed to hospital, band cancels Italy show

Labor Day weekend is a time for rest, though Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong got more rest than he bargained for on Sunday.

While on tour in Italy, Armstrong was rushed to the hospital, forcing the group to cancel a performance in Bologna.

The other two members of the band, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool, took to YouTube to post a video apology to the fans who were looking forward to the show at the I-Day Festival. Check out their comments below.

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Green Day performs for bored models in 'Oh Love' video -- VIDEO

What does a band have to do to impress a model these days? After all these years, it looks like Green Day’s still trying to figure that out.

To help jumpstart their upcoming ¡Uno!-¡Dos!-¡Tre! blitz, Billie Joe Armstrong and the boys have dropped a relaxed, tomfoolery-filled video for their album trilogy’s first single, “Oh Love.” The Samuel Bayer-directed clip shows the band performing in a rehearsal space for a small audience of boreder-than-thou pretty ladies. Only after the punk-y single starts kicking into gear do the women start acknowledging that a multi-platinum rock band is playing 10 feet away from them — but even then, they seem pretty over it.

See it all go down in the video below:

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Green Day release 'Oh Love,' first single from trio of albums: Hear it here!

Fans of Green Day, prepare to have your cup continuously runnething over for the next six months or so. The band already announced that they will be releasing three albums between September and January, and now we have the first single from the group’s epic project.

“Oh Love,” the first track to emerge from Uno! (out Sept. 25), is a choppy midtempo jam that recalls the ambling power pop of the group’s pre-concept album turn-of-the-century stuff (if you said this was a track rescued from the Warning sessions, people would believe you).

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Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong performed at Mark Zuckerberg's wedding -- where does he fall in the celebrity-wedding musical guest pantheon?

No matter who you are, Facebook founder and sandal enthusiast Mark Zuckerberg had a better weekend than you did.

First, his company’s IPO on Friday sent the value of his business over $100 billion (though it has had a rough second day on the trade floor). Then Zuckerberg surprised everybody on Saturday when he got married to longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan. The nuptials had been in the works for months and had been kept a secret — almost all of the 100 attendees thought they were going to a surprise party for Chan in honor of her graduation from medical school.

Easily the most impressive aspect of this event was the entertainment: Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. According to People, Zuckerberg and Armstrong have known each other for a while, and Armstrong sang as a wedding gift.

That’s certainly better than a blender, and probably one of the only things you can get a dude whose personal net worth hovers around $20 billion. It also immediately makes Armstrong the coolest wedding performer in recent memory.

There’s a proud tradition of this sort of thing, usually involving either longtime friendship between famous people or gigantic checks. Regardless of how they got there, here are some of the best and worst wedding performers we’ve come across. READ FULL STORY

Green Day releasing three albums over the next eight months

Green Day put their humble beginnings to bed with the release of two epic concept albums that solidified themselves as one of the most essential contemporary American rock bands. But now, even the sprawl of American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown is too confining for the boys from Berkeley, as they have announced that they will be releasing a trio of brand new albums between September and January.

“We are at the most prolific and creative time in our lives. This is the best music we’ve ever written, and the songs just keep coming,” the band said in a statement released by their publicist last night. “Instead of making one album, we are making a three album trilogy.  Every song has the power and energy that represents Green Day on all emotional levels.”

The albums will be titled ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tre!, the third eschewing the proper Spanish spelling of “three” in favor of a reference to drummer Tré Cool. READ FULL STORY

Green Day's 'American Idiot' Broadway musical to become a movie; who should they cast?

Green Day’s American Idiot, the rock opera based on the band’s album of the same name, will stage its final Broadway performance on April 24 in New York, but it looks like the story may move to the big screen once the stage curtains close.

The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Universal is negotiating the screen rights to American Idiot, and carrying over the show’s director, Michael Mayer. Apparently screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (he won an Oscar for Milk) and Tom Hanks are also in the project’s gravitational pull (Hanks would be involved in some kind of production capacity and probably not playing St. Jimmy, the show’s nefarious dealer/guest-star magnet).

Which brings us to the next point: There are plenty of issues in translating splashy stage musicals into compelling films—you need look no further than 2008′s  Mamma Mia! for proof—but the biggest sticking point in making a movie out of American Idiot will be finding a suitable performer to play the lead role.

Celebrity cameos in the St. Jimmy role from Melissa Etheridge, AFI’s Davey Havok and Billie Joe Armstrong himself aside, the Broadway cast is largely made up of stage vets like Van Hughes (Hairspray, 9 to 5) , David Larsen (Good Vibrations), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Passing Strange). Also, Justin Guarani. Yes, that one.

Who would you like to see reprise their roles onscreen, AmIdios? Original Johnny (and Tony-winning Spring Awakening alum) John Gallagher Jr.? Original Jimmy Tony Vincent? Or are there better-known TV or film actors with the singing and dancing Broadway-baby chops to fill those roles—and the celebrity draw to fill cineplex seats?

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'Give Peace a Chance'? 'Fight the Power'? 'American Idiot'? What's the best protest song of all-time?

If there’s one thing rock stars like more than driving expensive cars into swimming pools while on angel dust, it’s writing tunes about how gosh darned unfair society can be. The history of the latter tendency is exhaustively tracked in British music writer Dorian Lynskey’s new tome, 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holliday to Green Day, which is out this week.

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Billie Joe Armstrong and his pup sing Green Day: Watch the doggone cute video here

YouTube has a litter of ‘singing’ dog videos, but this might be the finest canine/celebrity musical crossbreeding yet.

From the leisure of their home, Billie Joe Armstrong and his dog Rocky perform “Last Night on Earth” from Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown. Needless to say, these two together give the tune a new LEASH on life.

Armstrong tickles the ivories while hiding under a hoodie, so the punk frontman’s Cockapoo (hmm, no puns there) truly takes center stage with his high-pitched but surprisingly melodic howling. Watch it here: READ FULL STORY

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong joins 'American Idiot' Broadway cast for a week

green-dayImage Credit: Gary Miller/Getty ImagesTheatergoers who catch Green Day’s American Idiot rock musical on Broadway this week are in for an extra treat: The key role of St. Jimmy will be played by none other than Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong.

The band’s reps announced the casting via press release, explaining that American Idiot‘s usual St. Jimmy, Tony Vincent, is on “a leave of absence due to a personal family matter.” Armstrong is temporarily replacing him from Sept. 28 (tomorrow) through this Sunday, Oct. 3. After that, Armstrong will head to Venezuela for a Green Day tour; Vincent’s understudies will cover the role until Vincent’s Oct. 12 return.

Are you seeing Billie Joe in American Idiot this week? Wish he’d join the cast full-time? Sound off in the comments below.

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Soundgarden wraps up Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza-chris-cornellImage Credit: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesWhen attending Lollapalooza, you have to make some agonizing decisions about what to see.  Green Day or Phoenix? The New Pornographers or Devo? Arcade Fire or Soundgarden? With five or more bands playing simultaneously at any given time, you can’t have it all, I’m afraid. As Chicago’s biggest music fest came to a close on Sunday, there was no other way to cut it—Day 3 was a letdown. By which I mean Soundgarden was a letdown, since the historic reunion of Chris Cornell’s Seattle grunge band was one of the highlights of Sunday’s schedule. This was just their third concert since their reunion in April, and, for that matter, since their breakup 13 years ago. (Arcade Fire, who played at the same time, were a mile away at the opposite end of Grant Park, so there was no possibility of taking in a bit of both acts.)

I had a few reservations leading into their set. First, it was obvious this was going to be little more than just a greatest hits concert. I mean, Soundgarden hasn’t released any new material since 1997. Also, Chris Cornell has since left his grunge roots far behind, embracing pop-rock instead, and even contributing the lackluster song “You Know My Name” to Casino Royale.

Few shared my reservations. One woman named Jackie who was attending the concert with her husband told me that Soundgarden was her favorite band. “I’ve been waiting 15 years to see them live,” she said. “I’ve seen Audioslave in concert and Chris Cornell’s solo act, but never Soundgarden.” Gauging from the audience reaction to their first glimpse of Cornell & Co., the rest of the crowd was every bit as excited, more so than they had been for Lady Gaga or Green Day the nights before. From the start, dozens of lighters (not cell phones, thankfully, with all due respect to the Surgeon General) popped up, pointed at the sky.

To be fair, Soundgarden’s concert opened well, with classic hit after classic hit—including “Spoonman” and their enduring masterpiece “Black Hole Sun.” But unlike the effervescent Billie Joe Armstrong the night before, Chris Cornell didn’t interact with the crowd at all. He played song after song with a dour reserve. Sure, I know grunge is all about melancholy. But Cornell’s vocals and guitar lacked passion, feeling dutiful more than inspired. It was a competent set, but little more than that. Unlike Green Day, who played for an additional 15 minutes beyond their allocated time, Soundgarden ended 10 minutes early. Everybody stood motionless for a few moments, thinking that more was to come. But no, a Macy Gray song started blaring from the speakers to signal that Soundgarden, and by extension Lollapalooza, was done. By all rights, this concert should have been historic. The crowd couldn’t have been more excited if Kurt Cobain had gone all Lazarus on us and Nirvana reunited. Instead, I was left feeling that I should have seen Arcade Fire instead.

And with that, Lollapalooza comes to a close. For those of you who were there, what were your favorite acts? What do you wish you could have seen? And, like me, were you disappointed with Soundgarden?

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