April 19th, 2010
12:46 PM ET
Punk rock is coming to Broadway. On April 20, the musical "American Idiot" opens at St. James Theatre.
The production is built lyric-by-lyric upon Green Day's 2004 Grammy Award winning album of the same name. "American Idiot" features 24 young actors singing and dancing their way through ambivalence, rebellion and drug abuse. With a set that seems to hit the roof of the theater and television screens everywhere, the show pulls no punches. Images of President George W. Bush, 9/11 symbolism, and the war in Iraq are all part of "American Idiot."
So is Tony Award winner John Gallagher Jr., who plays Jesus of Suburbia, or Johnny. Johnny and his two friends Will and Tunny are disenfranchised small-town lads unhappily searching for something better. The better for Johnny turns out to be a girl called "Whatsername" and a drug dealer named "St. Jimmy." FULL POST
April 7th, 2010
12:08 PM ET
It’s official: Lollapalooza 2010 will be headlined by Arcade Fire, Soundgarden, Green Day, Phoenix, The Strokes and Lady Gaga.
It's been 16 years since the last time Green Day played Lollapalooza, according to the press release, and 12 years for Soundgarden, who performed twice before at the Chicago music fest, in 1992 as well as 1996.
And although Lady Gaga seemed to hit her international stardom stride fairly recently, she's also already taken the stage, having performed once before back in 2007.
Erykah Badu – currently making headlines for stripping down in her latest music video – is also scheduled to perform, although the press release doesn’t clarify whether or not statement-making nudity will be involved. Also lined up: Social Distortion; MGMT; The National; Spoon; Grizzly Bear; Devo and Cypress Hill.
To check out the full list or buy tickets - or to play around with the custom lineup tool - go to 2010.lollapalooza.com.
September 14th, 2009
12:06 AM ET
Yeah, Kanye's unsettling display is all the talk of artists coming backstage. If the red carpet was all about the coming Michael Jackson tributes, then the show was about Taylor Swift and Kanye.
Green Day frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong, told a few reporters backstage, "She's young, she'll get over it. But, he needs to get over it." Armstrong's bandmate, Tre' Cool added, "He needs to apologize, definitely. That's about as low as you go."
All American Rejects' Tyson Ritter came backstage with a drink in his hand to say Swift should let it roll off. When someone asked if Swift cried over the episode, Ritter answered, "Oh, God, I hope not. She's got like ten million records. She should just stand on her fat wallet and pile of money and cry on top of that."
Then, shortly after the sweet moment of the night– when Beyonce came on stage to accept her Video of the Year trophy and invited Swift on stage– Taylor Swift came backstage to pose for still photographers and answer a few questions from dotcom and print reporters.
This was bigger hub-bub back here than the Madonna appearance. Cameras flashing, tape recorders in her face, the "Best Female Video" winner proved nothing but a picture of grace. We asked her to describe what occured from her perspective. Swift said, “ Well, I was excited to be on stage because I just won the award. And then I was excicted that Kanye West was onstage. Then, I wasn’t excited anymore”. She noted that she’s been getting tons of text messages of support and so many other artists have been supportive here at the show. As for Beyonce's on-stage invitation, “I couldn’t love Beyonce more”, she added.
Asked if she was a fan of Kanye’s she answered, her voice quieting, “Yeah, he’s Kanye West”. As the media pushed and her publicist pulled her away. “I don’t want to start anything I am just having a great night”. See all the winning videos on MTV.com.
What do you think? Do you think this VMA episode is going to hurt Kanye's career?
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