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Green Day Tear Into Trump In 'Troubled Times' Video


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Green Day have never exactly been quiet about their feelings on Donald Trump, but they've taken their opinion of his upcoming inauguration to the next level with a scornful video for their new song 'Troubled Times', which features a rather unflattering representation of the president-elect.

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The lyric video for the politically-charged track - designed by Manu Viqueira and David Rodriguez Simón - strings together a montage of images with references to slavery, racism, Islamophobia, the proposed 'wall', sexism and atomic bombs, while Donald Trump is featured as a flailing figure with razor sharp teeth and his face obscured by a mass of yellow hair under a red 'Make America Great Again' cap.

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Green Day Announce Second Leg For 2017 North American Tour


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Green Day have announced a significant extension to their tour of North America in 2017, adding another 24 dates across the United States and Canada.

The veteran punk act revealed on Monday (January 9th) via their official website and social media that they will play two dozen more shows on the continent, kicking off at Auburn, WA at the White River Amphitheatre on August 1st. The tour will wrap on September 13th, nearly six weeks later, at Chula Vista’s Sleep Train Amphitheatre in California.

Notably, the itinerary includes the band’s first ever visits to Chicago’s Wrigley Field and the Pasadena Rose Bowl. British indie-rock act Catfish & The Bottlemen will be opening for Green Day on all the dates.

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Green Day Rock The House With Anti-Trump Rendition Of 'Bang Bang'


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Green Day truly invoked the spirit of punk with their performance of single 'Bang Bang' at the American Music Awards this weekend. It was an energetic, politically charged show that topped all the performances of the night including those of Lady Gaga and Twenty One Pilots.

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The song 'Bang Bang' is the lead single from Green Day's recently released twelfth studio album 'Revolution Radio', but it wasn't the song that caused such a buzz last night (November 20th 2016). Green Day made their feelings about Donald Trump becoming president-elect very clear with their MDC tribute mid-track.

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Justin Bieber And Lady Gaga Win Big At MTV EMAs


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Justin Bieber and Lady GaGa were the big winners at last night’s MTV EMAs, despite neither being on hand to collect their awards.

Bieber and Gaga both walked away with two awards each on Sunday evening in Rotterdam, as did Twenty One Pilots and DJ Martin Garrix.

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Green Day Score Third UK Number One Album With 'Revolution Radio'


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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.

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Green Day - Revolution Radio Album Review


Few bands reach 30 years in the business and fewer still produce output that keeps them from becoming a heritage act, but Green Day have managed just this.  2004's 'American Idiot' reignited their popularity, but 2012's triple-album onslaught was overshadowed by a personal problems and rehabilitation.  The band's popularity remains intact though, with a recent set of UK headline shows selling out almost instantly.

Green Day - Revolution Radio Album Review

Whilst they may be leaders in the punk-rock genre, Green Day's most popular moment arguably remains the melodic 'Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)'.  With this in mind, the gentle opening to 'Somewhere Now' shouldn't be so surprising, though the band open up before long.  'Bang Bang', offering a critique of gun culture in the age of social media, proves nearly as thrilling as 'American Idiot' while the title track of the record also blasts along forcefully.  In contrast, the plodding 'Say Goodbye' loses momentum, but the power-balladry of 'Outlaws' proves a solid if unspectacular turn.

Whereas many records will cram the middle running with filler tracks, here it contains three of the more enjoyable moments.  'Bouncing Off The Wall' has suitably crashing power chords, while the survivalist content of 'Still Breathing' makes for a radio-friendly anthem that was an obvious choice as a single.  Similarly energetic is 'Youngblood', a simple and infectious cut, while 'Forever Now' shows they still have the ambition to be progressive, though it is no 'Jesus Of Suburbia'.  For many bands a record of this standard would be a career peak; Green Day have done better, but this stands as a fine release.

Green Day Announce More North American Dates For Spring 2017


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Looks like 2017 is going to be a big year for Green Day. Following the release of their twelfth studio album 'Revolution Radio', the band will be embarking on a 24 date tour of North America, in between their shows in Europe and Australia.

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Kicking off at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona on March 1st, Green Day will be performing across the continent until April 8th 2017. Then they have six dates in Australia and New Zealand before the summer begins. All in celebration of their latest musical release.

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Green Day's 'American Idiot' Movie Gets Green Light From HBO


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The long-awaited movie adaptation of Green Day’s American Idiot album has been given a green light from network HBO.

The news was confirmed by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, who told the NME that things were finally moving forward with the planned film and he would be reprising his Broadway role as St. Jimmy.

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Bruce Springsteen Is A Fan Of Kanye West


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Bruce Springsteen is a huge fan of Kanye West.

The 'Born In The USA' hitmaker has admitted he ''likes'' the 'Famous' rapper because he makes ''creative, amazing records'', and the 66-year-old rocker has also credited U2 as a band who are ''consistently great''.

Speaking at Apple's Soho store in New York City on Wednesday (28.09.16), he said: ''I like Kanye West.

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Green Day To Headline British Summer Time Hyde Park In 2017


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Green Day have been announced to headline Barclaycard's British Summer Time Hyde Park in London next Summer, following their European tour at the beginning of 2017. The band are also just about to launch their twelfth studio album 'Revolution Radio' this Fall - so there's plenty to look forward to from these guys over the next few months.

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The punk rock band will hit London's Hyde Park on July 1st 2017, celebrating the festival's fifth anniversary. But if you can't make it to that show, Green Day will also be making appearances at various UK venues in February, promoting their epic new record 'Revolution Radio' featuring the single 'Bang Bang'.

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Green Day To Embark On North American Nightclub Tour


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Green Day are set to support their upcoming album 'Revolution Radio' with a 12-date tour of intimate club shows in the US and Canada this Fall. The short local run will be followed by their Winter European tour where they will be joined by The Interrupters.

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The North American tour will open in St. Louis, Missouri on September 20th at The Pageant and will close at the UC Theatre in Berkeley California on October 20th. Pre-sale tickets are on sale today (September 7th 2016), with the general sale starting on Friday (September 9th). It's their first tour since the 99 Revolutions Tour which kicked off in 2013, though their last show was in April 2015 ahead of their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Leeds Festival 2013 Flooding Fails To Bring The Rapturous Crowd Down


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Leeds Festival 2013 may not have brought with it the best weather of the year, with torrential downpours and heavy flooding putting a damper (pardon the pun) on everyone's camping weekend, but the line-up was enough to put a smile on everyone's mud spattered face!

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Biffy Clyro drew in a rapturous audience on the Friday and Green Day had a smaller but dedicated audience on Saturday, but that was nothing compared to Eminem's fantastic closing performance which drew the biggest audience of the whole weekend. Other bands had a few surprises up their sleeves, with Fall Out Boy managing to get Foxes up on stage to perform their collaborative track 'Just One Yesterday' (Pete Wentz' favourite song from their new album) and The Lumineers taking crowd participation to a new level by playing in the middle of their audience.

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Weather-Worries Are Looking Few For Leeds And Reading Festival 2013


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It may be nearing the end of the summer but Leeds and Reading Festival 2013 goers don't have much to worry about in terms of the unpredictable English weather this weekend (August 23rd - 25th).

The Met Office website has suggested some okay weather for Friday and Saturday with information still to come for Sunday. According to them, Leeds can expect temperatures going up to 23 degrees on Friday though mostly accompanied by clouds, while the following day seems to be a little cooler with a good chance of rain for most of the day before clearing up towards the evening. As for Reading, you lucky Southerners; you can expect rather a sunny morning and temperatures of possibly 25 degrees on the first day, though Saturday in Reading will perhaps also see some spots of rain before the evening approaches.

BBC Weather appears to be more optimistic, seeing 24 degree temperatures in Leeds and 26 in Reading on the Friday, though it looks mildly wet for most of the day on Saturday in Leeds and fairly bright in Reading. Sunday could be the nicest day of the weekend as campers emerge from their tents with their penultimate hangovers to find it brightening up in Leeds at 25 degrees and even reaching 27 in Reading. Other sources suggest similar forecasts, though there have been suggestions of a little rain on the Friday; possibly not disposable raincoat and heavy-duty wellies style weather, however.

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Green Day Win Court Case Over Street Artist's 'Scream Icon' Image Use At Concert


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A US court has ruled that rock band Green Day are not liable for using a street artist's work in the concerts visuals for their song 'East Jesus Nowhere' during 2009. Dereck Seltzer tried to sue the group for using his 'Scream Icon' piece without his permission.

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Green Day At SXSW – Good To Have You Back, Boys


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The return of Green Day was stunted by the very public breakdown of Billie Joe Armstrong, after the punk legend was admitted to rehab following his onstage rant at the iHeartRadio Music Festival last September.

So when the Basket Case singers were announced to play SXSW, naturally, fans of the band were ecstatic at the idea of finally getting their beloved punk rockers back once again. And they are back, emphatically so. Billboard’s review of their triumphant return read: “It quickly became clear that the group was as ferocious and, occasionally, funny – and certainly as fun -- as ever. As the touring quintet tore into "99 Revolutions," one of eight songs from last year's trilogy, Armstrong commanded everyone in the theater to get off their (expletive) (expletives) and "go crazy." "This ain't no f***ing café!" Marking their homecoming to prominence, the SXSW Film Festival also premiered two new Green Day documentaries, "Broadway Idiot" and "Cuatro!" making this the perfect festival to stage a comeback.

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Want To See Prince Perform With 21-Piece Band At SXSW?


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250 lucky competition winners will get the chance to see Prince perform with a 21-piece band at the SXSW closing party this week. The legendary singer has been confirmed as a performer for one of the Texas' festival's closing shows, before an intimate crowd of contest winners, reports The Guardian.

Electronics giant Samsung will fund Prince's SXSW debut show, in the same way it bankrolled Kanye West's gig at a launch event in 2012. To be eligible for a ticket for the concert on Saturday (March 16, 2013), fans must be either SXSW badge-holders or owners of a Samsung Galaxy phone. The room at La Zona Rosa will be strictly limited to just 250 people, where Prince will perform a career-spanning set with his band. "Prince is a legend and true creative and musical genius who has been pushing the boundaries of music for more than 35 years," Todd Pendleton, Samsung's chief marketing officer, told Mashable. "Having Prince in Austin at his first SXSW show will truly be a one-night-only experience that our Samsung Galaxy owners and friends will remember for years to come."

It's certainly SXSW's biggest draw of the week, though the festival in Austin, Texas, is also scheduled to include performances from the likes of Green Day, Depeche Mode, Justin Timberlake and Dave Grohl's all-star group the Sound City Players. 

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Reading And Leeds Festivals Return With Green Day Headliner And More On 23rd-25th August 2013

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Reading And Leeds Festivals Return With Green Day Headliner And More On 23rd-25th August 2013

Green Day To Make SXSW Debut After 25 Years In The Business


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Punk rockers Green Day will make their debut at Austin festival SXSW on March 15, 2013, some twenty-five years after first forming in Vallejo, California. The group - who released three albums last year - will screen two movies at the Paramount Theater before playing a set as part of the ACL Live series later that evening, at the Moody Theater.

One of the films - Broadway Idiot - will have its world premiere at the festival. The documentary follows frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's trials and tribulations during the adaptation of American Idiot as a Broadway musical. The second movie, ¡Cuatro!, chronicles Green Day's recording of their recent ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! trilogy - a process that preceded an arduous touring schedule, which ultimately landed Armstrong in rehabilitation for substance abuse. The band were forced to cancel and postpone shows until the 41-year-old completed his recovery though, refreshed and ready to rock, Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool resume their tour on March 28 in Chicago. The North American jaunt passes through Pittsburgh, New York, Philadelphia and other cities before heading to Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Poland and Russia.  

The Green Day movies are open to SXSW ticketholders with Film, Gold & Platinum badges, Music Press Badge Holders, Film Wristband holders and Idiot Club winners. Those hoping to check out the live performance at the Moody Theater will require SXSW Music & Platinum badges or SXSW Showcasing Artists and Music Wristbands.

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"It's Pretty Bad": Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Recalls Rehab Drama In New Interview


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“It’s pretty bad.” These were the words spoken to Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, by his wife, the morning after he fell off the wagon in a bad way and smashed his guitar up in a rage during last year’s iHeartRadio concert. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone (reported by Reuters), Billie Joe explains how his manager sent him straight to rehab after the incident, forcing the band to cancel the tour that they had planned to support the release of their three albums, Uno! Dos! and Tre!

Shortly after the incident in Las Vegas last September (2012), Billie Joe rang his manager, who told him in no uncertain terms “You're getting on a plane, going back to Oakland and going into rehab immediately.” Armstrong also explained just how bad his addiction problems had become. “I couldn't predict where I was going to end up at the end of the night,” said the 41 year old punk rocker. “I'd wake up in a strange house on a couch. I wouldn't remember how. It was a complete blackout.” Armstrong only remembered “tiny things” from his onstage rant at the Vegas gig.

Now that Billie Joe has completed his rehab treatment, the five time Grammy-winning band are due to go back on tour on March 28, starting in Chicago. Armstrong thanked Green Day’s fans for their support during his treatment. 

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Green Day Will Return For New Tour In March 2013


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Whatever happened to the standard press release, or even just a notice left on the website of a band? That is not cool anymore, now Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have taken over, and Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day has revealed that there will be a 2013 Greenday tour, much to the delight of fans worldwide.

"Dear friends" the screen-shotted 'notes' Instagram image said, "I just want to thank you all for the love and support you've showed us 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 everyday." He continued, "So now, without further ado, the show must go on... We can't wait to get on the road and live out loud! Our passion has only grown stronger... Happy new year... We love you all... Rage and love XX BILLY JOE". Oh, and with a little flourish at the end, he added "P.S... Green day tour in march". 

2012 has been a difficult year for the band, seeing Armstrong have a melt down on stage, as well as having to cancel a stint of shows earlier on in the year. Armstrong has since been to rehab to beat an unnamed addiction and they've since released a trio of albums titled ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! 

Green Day Launches New 'Twilight' Video For 'The Forgotten' (Video)


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Green Day has released the official video for their 'Twilight' soundtrack song 'The Forgotten' which features on final instalment of the book-to-film franchise 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn'.

It's a romantic piano tune that speaks straight to the heart; coupled with Billie Joe Armstrong's soft but passionate vocals telling a melancholy tale of the two troubled lovers of the movie, it really does serve as the perfect song for the last part of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen's story. The video itself features clips from the movie as well as footage from Green Day's live shows making a great promotional feature for both the 'Twilight' franchise and the band.

The 'American Idiot' rockers have admitted to agreeing to do the soundtrack number because they wanted to be a part of the whole scene. 'We readily agreed because the films are an insane cultural phenomenon, and we have always been impressed with the way the Twilight soundtracks are so carefully curated', said bassist Mike Dirnt talking to Yahoo! Movies.  And it's just as well because GD fans are growing less than impressed with the band after they chose to cancel the rest of their tour dates for this year and the beginning of next year following concerns of Armstrong's well-being after being sent to rehab for alcohol and drug related problems.

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It's A Dark Day For Green Day As Tour Is Cancelled


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In a cruel twist of fate, and somewhat tragic irony, Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong has been forced to cancel the band's tour, in favour of spending time in rehab - a place uncannily similar, though perhaps a touch more serious, to what can be seen in the video for Basket Case. 

After his untimely 'meltdown' at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas Armstrong has been admitted into rehab, which bassist Mike Dirnt describes as "no joke". This news has forced the band to cancel some dates of their tour, for which everyone who purchased a ticket will be able to get a full refund at the point of purchase. However, the third instalment of their trilogy of albums titled ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! has been forced forwards to a release date of 11th December 2012, as opposed to January 2013 - a small silver lining for Green Day fans. Armstrong is currently suffering with substance abuse and dependence that he and the band hope to be able to work through enabling him to get back to what he loves.

"Obviously the timing for this isn't ideal, but Billie Joe's well-being is our main concern," Dirnt said. "We are happy to say that Billie Joe is doing well, and we want to thank you all for the outpouring of support and well wishes that we have received, and we can't wait to see you all again soon." According to Syracuse tour dates from January 7th onwards will be honoured at a later date. 

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Tour Dates Cancelled: But It's Not All Bad News For Green Day


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Green Day have been forced to cancel tour dates and reschedule an album release, owing to singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s stint in rehab.

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.

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Billie Joe Armstrong Video Provides Few Clues Of Rocker's Problems


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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.


Brothers In Arms: Green Day Await Billie Joe Armstrong's Return


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Billie Joe Armstrong’s stint in rehab is “killing everyone,” according to his fellow Green Day comrade Mike Dirnt.

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.

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Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Soundtrack Listing Finally Announced


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The tracklisting for Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 has finally been announced, via Yahoo and amongst the highlights of this latest instalment are Green Day, Passion Pit and Ellie Goulding. Green Day, obviously are a pretty big coup for the compilers of the soundtrack (Summit Entertainment release the album in collaboration with Chop Shop Records and Atlantic Records) and the band’s bass player Mike Dirnt spoke to Yahoo! about contributing their track ‘The Forgotten’ and said “When we were asked to be part of the 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' soundtrack, we readily agreed because the films are an insane cultural phenomenon, and we have always been impressed with the way the 'Twilight' soundtracks are so carefully curated.”

Ellie Goulding’s track will draw attention to the soundtrack too, not only because it’s an exclusive track but because it’s the first track that she’s released, to have been produced by her new boyfriend Skrillex. Following in the vein of slightly kooky female artists, St. Vincent and Feist have both contributed a track; both will undoubtedly make an excellent accompaniment to the dark, moody atmosphere of the Twilight movie.

Coming from a slightly more mainstream angle, Christina Perri returns with ‘A Thousand Years (Part Two)’. Naturally, it’s a follow on from her theme to the first installment of Breaking Dawn and Perri was almost a dead cert to be included on this final musical bow. She’s such a fan of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga that she has the word ‘Bitten’ tattooed on her, in the Twilight font. She told Yahoo! “I am so honored and excited to be involved again in this final film and soundtrack.” She revealed that part two of the track will be different but hasn’t yet said how and the tracks are yet to be released. “It's not the same [as the original]... you'll just have to wait and see how,” she teased.

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Jack White Exits Stage After Just 45 Minutes


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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.

Billie Joe Armstrong Rehab Update: Green Day Singer Had Been Sober For A Year


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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.


Rehab For Green Day Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong Was Only A Matter Of Time


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Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong's admittance to rehab after his very public on-stage meltdown at iHeartRadio Music Festival was a long time coming, reports the Chicago Sun Times.

"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!


Live 8 Concert Faces Problems In German


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The people in charge of organising the Live 8 concert in Germany, have fought back against Berlin government and the businesses in the city, after they failed to pledge their support towards the concert that promotes anti-poverty. The Live 8 concert is set to involve multiple, simultaneous performances from a number of artists around the world in various venues. 

Comedian Brian Wilson is set to appear at the concert
Comedian Brian Wilson is set to appear at the concert

Comdeian Brian Wilson, Chris De Burgh and Green Day, are set to perform in front of the German capital's Siegessaule on 2nd July 2005. At the same time, performances are being held in Capitals and major cities like London, Johannesburg, Paris, Rome, Philadelphia, Tokyo and Barrie, Canada. One of the concert promoters, Marek Lieberberg, has revealed that he approached around 50 important German companies, and yet not a single one chose to support the upcoming high profile performances.

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