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The band say it’s “especially gratifying” to top the UK chart over two decades since their debut album.
Green Day are at the top of this week’s UK album chart with their twelfth studio album Revolution Radio.
It’s the third time the band have hit the top spot in the UK and it comes 22 years since they first broke through with their debut album Dookie.
Green Day are this week’s UK number one
Continue reading: Green Day Score Third UK Number One Album With 'Revolution Radio'
The 2004 album was previously turned into a Broadway musical.
The long-awaited movie adaptation of Green Day’s American Idiot album has been given a green light from network HBO.
Green Day's American Idiot movie has been green lit
Continue reading: Green Day's 'American Idiot' Movie Gets Green Light From HBO
Reggie is 12-years-old and living in a sprawling New York property with his wealthy parents, though he rarely gets to spend any time with them. His company is mainly servants, nannies and other young adolescents at school, who he struggles to mix with due to his age-exceeding wisdom and passion for playing the cello. However, this startlingly intelligent young boy is about to meet 23-year-old Eleanor, who is equally struggling to get to grips with her life. Constantly hopping between odd jobs, never seeing her family and trapped in a relationship with a volatile slacker, she finds herself lucky enough to land a job as Reggie's nanny after a brief interview with his preoccupied mother. The pair hit it off immediately and, as their friendship grows, they start to teach other the most important things in life; dreams, love and family.
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Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry are among the names confirmed for the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas in September. The two-day festival, set to be held on September 20 and 21, will also feature performances from Elton John, Keith Urban and a special pairing of Queen (with Brian May) and the former American Idol star Adam Lambert.
The main festival line-up was announced on Monday morning (July 15, 2013) in a press conference hosted by Ryan Seacrest. A final schedule will be announced closer to the festival, though Timberlake, Perry, Elton and Bruno Mars are likely to be the marquee names. The likes of Muse, Tiesto, Chris Brown, Fun, Phoenix, Maroon 5, Tim Mcgraw, Ke&ha, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Benny Benassi are other high profile names to have been confirmed.
Last year's festivals played host to No Doubt, Pink, Usher and Swedish House Mafia though it will be remembered for Billie Joe Armstrong's meltdown during Green Day's set. After smashing the band's instruments in protest of his set being cut short, Armstrong left the stage and was admitted to rehab the next day, cancelling his band's tour dates and promotional appearances.
Things are finally starting to look up in the Green Day camp, with news of a 2013 tour suggesting that singer Billie Joe Armstrong is on the road to recovery. Armstrong suffered a highly-publicised onstage meltdown last year and the band were forced to cancel their touring schedule whilst he went to rehab for substance abuse issues.
In a statement released by the singer on Monday (December 31, 2012), he thanked fans for their support, saying “I just want to thank you all for the love and support you've shown for the past few months. Believe me, it hasn't gone unnoticed and I'm eternally grateful to have such an amazing set of friends and family. I'm getting better every day. So now, without further ado, the show must go on.” The rescheduled tour is due to start on March 28, 2013 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago and the band added a message to their fans saying “We want to thank everyone for hanging in with us for the last few months. We are very excited to hit the road and see all of you again, though we regret having to cancel more shows.”
A previously scheduled date at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland (January 30, 2013) has been cancelled. Refunds will be available for that show.
Still riding high at the top of the US Billboard chart, is Taylor Swift – everybody’s favourite country music princess turned pop star. Her album, Red, is currently enjoying its third week at the top of the US chart but there are some high profile releases coming out this week. We’ve profiled a few of them below but there are others to be considered too, such as Rolling Stones’ Greatest Hits anthology, GRRR! and Susan Boyle’s latest album, Standing Ovation.
Here’s our pick of the best US releases this week… our money’s on One Direction politely asking Taylor swift to leave that seat at the top of the Billboard chart, with their album Take Me Home. And hey, who could resist the charm of those young Brits, eh?
If anyone’s going to challenge Taylor this week, One Direction could well be the act to do it. Their debut album, Up All Night is already sitting respectably at number 23 in the Billboard albums chart and, with a recent appearance on the US X Factor show under their belts, they are surely destined for big things with their sophomore effort. They have already become one of the biggest success stories in chart history, in terms of UK imports. With their debut album, One Direction became the first British band in US chart history to top the Billboard 200 chart with a debut album. Their popularity has grown, even since then and they’re fast becoming one of the biggest bands on the planet. Their last single ‘Live While We’re Young’ was a number 3 hit and they’re our tip for the top this week.
2012 simply isn’t shaping up as the punk rockers had hoped. The band were planning to release three albums in quick succession, entitled Uno!, Dos! and Tre! and they had a Fall club tour planned, as a precursor to an even bigger arena tour. Billie Joe’s admission to rehab has pretty much put an end to that though. According to Entertainment Weekly, the band released a statement today that revealed they have cancelled the remainder of their 2012 dates and 21 of their 2013 dates, in January and February.
Continue reading: Tour Dates Cancelled: But It's Not All Bad News For Green Day
With Billie Joe Armstrong in rehab for still unspecified reasons Green Day are holding back their planned tour for the time being, but have given fans a taste of what they can get when they do return by posting a 20 minute video of a show from before Armstrong's infamous breakdown occurred.
The footage shows the last 20 minutes of the mammoth concert, that saw the band play massive 40 song set at New York's Irving Plaza. The footage shows Armstrong carrying his usual stage demeanour with him to the stage, as he and band mates Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool jammed their way through tracks like 'Ride', 'When I Come Around', 'She and 'American Idiot'. The footage lacks any clear reason as to why the rocker would go on to make such a furore a week later at Vegas' iHeartRadio Festival.
Back in September, the band announced that singer Billie Joe had committed himself into rehab for help unspecified substance issues. Armstrong is set to remain in rehab for an unspecified time, with the band holding back the remainder of the tour until their lead singer and guitarist has made a full recovery. The band are still on track to release their next album, Dos! on November 13.
Armstrong was admitted to rehab for substance abuse after he fell off the wagon during the band’s recent touring stint. Matters came to a head when Green Day were playing the iHeartRadio show on September 21 and Billie Joe launched into an aggressive rant onstage, under the belief that their set had been cut short.
“I know that my friend's life is in danger and that's all I care about,” Dirnt told Kerrang! magazine in a recent interview (reported by MTV News). “He's in the middle of some really big things, but we're going to pull through. It's killing everyone. Green Day has never been a band that sits still, but sometimes you have to step back and let life go on rather than try to control everything.” Green day were in the middle of a promotional schedule for releasing three albums in quick succession. Dirnt admitted that the pressures of the schedule may have contributed to the singer’s downfall and added that he was unsure when Armstrong would be considered well enough to return to work.
Continue reading: Brothers In Arms: Green Day Await Billie Joe Armstrong's Return
Green Day have announced that they have to pull out of a headline slot at the October 27 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience festival in New Orleans, with lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong in rehab for substance abuse.
Mike Dirnt, the bassist for the band, admitted releasing three albums in quick succession was more than they could handle: "With hindsight 20/20 it was a tremendous undertaking," he told BBC Radio 1 host Zane Lowe. "Although we were having fun we didn't take our nose out of the book for a long time. I think it catches up with you a little bit ... We definitely just jumped off a moving train." Armstrong’s admittance to rehab was predicated by his outburst during Green Day's September 21 performance at iHeartRadio, and Dirnt opened up on that too. "There were signs of things hitting the fan," he said. "We hadn't slept in forever and Billie had definitely had the worst of it. He'd been going through his own struggles ... We were there with him but you can only handle things on your own ... At the end of the day when we got off the road the most important thing was my friend's life."
Green Day fanatics will be hoping Billie Joe gains a full recovery, and quickly, as their live show is touted as being a special one indeed. The band still plan to release the next album in the series, ¡Dos! on November 13, so punk-fans will have to make do with that, in the meantime.
The Jack White Blunderbuss gig was brought to an untimely halt last night after White left the stage 45 minutes into the set, reports Reuters.
Critically acclaimed as one of the most accomplished artists of a generation, Jack White can still attract crowds long after the band that made him famous subsided. But he angered those crowds, who lovingly gathered at the New York venue, Radio City Music Hall on Saturday night (September 29th) by walking off stage after just 45 minutes. He thanked the full capacity audience before leaving stage right. Initially, fans chanted their desire for more White guitar plucking, but what was once a playful imploration, turned quickly into anger, as the realisation that he was done spread through the crowd. "Chatter about Jack White's abbreviated show at New York's Radio City Music Hall last night has officially lasted longer than the concert itself," noted Spin.com, the music website. Security at the gig rushed to protect the stage door, as particularly angry punters set about confronting The White Stripes star. As of yet, no explanation has been given to the short-lived set.
In other 'musical icons disappoint loving fans' news, Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong performed a similar, but more troublesome stunt on stage recently, but he was bemoaning the lack of time on stage, rather than cutting it short. And besides, Billie Joe has recently admitted himself to rehab: a reason, rather than an excuse.
Brown nosing? How did Chris Brown get out of this one!? The 'Stop It' hit-maker has tested positive for cannabis while on probation, though Judge Patricia Schnegg said that she had never warned him against using drugs so couldn't punish him further. However, she did order a review of his community service hours following some discrepancies.
Potter returns? Though she's just about ready to release her first novel for adults, JK Rowling has given Harry Potter fans everywhere a little bit of hope after suggesting she may not be done with the famous boy wizard just yet.
The Ugly Society: Lady GaGa has defiantly hit back at those who criticized her recent weight gain, telling fans that "it's society who's ugly". The jibes came just days before Gaga was branded a "slut" by New York Politician James Molinaro - rough week huh?
Before Billie Joe Armstrong entered rehab for substance abuse, he had been sober for a year before falling off the wagon last weekend. The Green Day singer has entered rehab after he lost the plot onstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. If you were thinking it was strange that Armstrong had been carted off to rehab so quickly after just one outburst of what many would simply put down to a rock and roll hissy-fit, then the news that he had actually been sober for twelve months prior to his guitar-smashing rant should put things into perspective a little better.
According to Celebuzz.com, Billie Joe is “in rehab and his family is by his side.” They spoke to Claudia Suarez Wright, who is the Green Day drummer Tre Cool’s ex-wife. Billie Joe is the godfather of one of her children. She told reporters “He’s my son’s godfather so it’s very hard for kids to see this happen. And it must be very difficult for his wife and family.” Claudia confirmed that the front-man had stayed away from the bottle for a year before slipping off the wagon and put his lapse down to the pressures of the job. “They have a new album coming out and it’s a demanding lifestyle. It’s very difficult.”
Armstrong had been drinking heavily in Las Vegas prior to the iHeartMusic Festival. “When he was in Vegas he was drinking a lot. The night of the show he had been drinking… In Las Vegas there’s a lot of temptation to drink and it’s tough to be around when you’re fighting against it.” Billie Joe’s wife and mother are with him to support him whilst he’s in rehab.
Will Billie Joe Armstrong’s rehab keep him from appearing as a mentor for Christina Aguilera’s team on ‘The Voice’? This is one of many questions being asked by confused fans of the Green Day singer, who suffered an onstage meltdown at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Friday (September 21, 2012).
The 40-year-old appeared to become irate after claiming the band had been cut short. He yelled, “One minute left, one minute (expletive) left. You're gonna give me (expletive) one minute? ... I'm not (expletive) Justin Bieber, you (expletives)!” Quite what poor old Justin had to do with anything is unclear, though Billie Joe proceeded to smash his guitar into smithereens before being promptly carted off to rehab. In a statement apologizing for the singer’s behavior, Green Day told Facebook fans, “Billie Joe is seeking treatment for substance abuse. We would like everyone to know that our set was not cut short by Clear Channel and to apologise to those we offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances.” The stint in rehab marks a rough couple of weeks for the rocker, who was hospitalized with an undisclosed ailment on September 1, 2012, but recovered to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards on September 6.
According to Deadline.com, Armstrong will still appear as a mentor on ‘The Voice’ as the audition stages were taped earlier this summer. It is not clear whether Armstrong will be available for the live rounds.
Billie Joe Armstrong's on-stage meltdown won't affect his scheduled appearance on NBC reality singing contest The Voice according to show bosses. Deadline reports that Armstrong filmed his appearance some weeks ago and, according to a rep, they were "all taped and set". It's now been widely reported that the Green Day front man lost his rag somewhat during an appearance at iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas.
Angry at having their set cut from 45 minutes to 25 minutes so that the following act Usher could have more time on stage, Armstrong cut short their 1994 anthem Basketcase and launched into a foul-mouthed tirade that at one point saw him bizarrely proclaim "I'm not f***ing Justin Bieber". Armstrong has since checked himself into rehab, and on Sunday (September 23rd) the band issued the following statement via Facebook:
"Billie Joe is seeking treatment for substance abuse. We would like everyone to know that our set was not cut short by Clear Channel and to apologize to those we offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances." The timing of it isn't ideal, given that the group should be going full tilt with promotion for their new album Uno!, but there hasn't been any announcement on any forthcoming tour dates being affected, so we're trusting Billie has it under control.
"You're going to give me one minute? One f---ing minute? I've been around since f---ing 19 f---ing 80 f---ing 8, and you're going to give me one f---ing minute? I'm not f---ing Justin Bieber, you motherf---ers." That was Armstrong's rather dramatic response to the "one-minute" warning being flashed at him from a TelePrompter monitor. He then stormed off stage smashing his guitar as he exited. The band have recently apologised for his outburst, and the punk singer has since agreed to go to rehab to be treated for substance misuse. "Billie Joe has been a loose cannon for a long time," said a Green Day insider. "It's long past time when he should be getting some serious help."
An official statement on the band's Facebook page had previously alerted fans to the singers plight, and seek for help: "Billie Joe is seeking treatment for substance abuse. We would like everyone to know that our set was not cut short by Clear Channel and to apologize to those we offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances." We at Contactmusic wish Billy all the best as we listen to Greenday hits all day. Get well soon!
Date of birth
17th February, 1972