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Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Calls Out Connecticut High School For Banning ‘American Idiot’ Musical

GreenDayBack in 2010, Green Day shocked everyone with a Broadway production of the band’s hit seventh album, American Idiot. The show has since become one of the most beloved modern shows, unsurprisingly.

A Connecticut high school was slated to put on a production of the musical in early May, but the decision has since changed, and the school will not be performing the show.

Enfield’s drama club, the Lamplighters, began advertising auditions for the American Idiot production. However, their faculty director soon sent out a a general announcement to the school, which stated that the troupe will not put on the musical due to “a small number of extremely vocal people.”

In the statement, director Nate Ferreira stated, “Due to the mature content of the original production, I have been working with the publisher to modify the script, to ensure that it would be appropriate for a high school group to perform.

“This project was very successful, and we feel that the modified script and production notes maintain the integrity of the show, while removing profanity and the more adult scenarios in the original Broadway production. The publisher is even starting the process of turning our edited version of the script into their official ‘School Edition’ of the play, to allow other high schools to easily perform this play in the future.”

The compromise sounds awesome, but then the real bombshell is dropped:

“Unfortunately, a very small number of extremely vocal people have complained about our choice of production. This led to Mr. Longey [principal Andrew Longey] and I meeting on Friday to discuss a change in our choice of production. To be clear, Mr. Longey did not force us to change – he and I took a long and careful look at all aspects of the show, and all arguments on either side,” continues Ferreira. “At this late stage it is very difficult to switch to a different play, but I do feel that it is best for us to set aside American Idiot for the time being.”

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong called out Enfield High School on his Instagram. The post, which can be found HERE, reads:

“Dear Enfield high school board,  #enfieldhighschoolmusical #highschoolidiot #enfieldidiot It has come to my attention that you cancelled your high school theater production of American Idiot. I realize the content of the Broadway production of AI is not quite “suitable” for a younger audience. However there is a high school rendition of the production and I believe that’s the one Enfield was planning to perform, which is suitable for most people. It would be a shame if these high schoolers were shut down over some of the content that may be challenging for some of the audience. but the bigger issue is censorship. This production tackles issues in a post 9/11 world and I believe the kids should be heard and most of all, be creative in telling a story about our history. I hope you reconsider and allow them to create an amazing night of theater! as they say on Broadway … “the show must go on!” rage and love Billie Joe Armstrong ps. I love that your school is called “Raiders”

The school district’s superintendent, Jeffrey Schumann, spoke to NBC Connecticut, and stated that the American Idiot production was “dividing our kids.”

In direct response to Armstrong’s message, Schumann says, “This is not a censorship issue. This is a participation issue. We chose to change our production so we can get maximum participation.”

In an almost ironic twist, the drama club will now reportedly perform Little Shop Of Horrors instead.

 

 

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Warner Bros. Records To Release Original Cast Recording for ‘School Of Rock – The Musical’

school of rock musicalWarner Bros. Records announced that they will release the Original Cast Recording for School of Rock – The Musical on December 4th. The stage production, which opens on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre on December 6th, features songs from the popular 2003 film School of Rock (written by Mike White, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Jack Black), as well as 12 original songs written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, with a book by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey). School of Rock – The Musical is directed by Laurence Connor (Les Misérables).

The album will be produced by Webber and three-time Grammy Award-winner Rob Caballo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Goo Goo Dolls, Phil Collins, Gary Clark Jr.), and features songs from the stage production, as well as three songs from the film, all original songs were written by Webber and Slater.

Alex Brightman will star as Black’s character, Dewey Finn. You can view Brightman and the cast give a preview performance of ‘Teacher’s Pet’ from School of Rock – The Musical HERE

More info about the album will be revealed in the coming months.
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PODCAST: Martian Mashup, Episode 5

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Below, you will find episode five of the Martian Mashup. On today’s podcast, we’ll hit the following news points:

  • Same sex marriage legalized by the Supreme Court.
  • Bastille to release new music this year.
  • Tonight Alive guitarist Jake Hardy shaves his head for Leukemia.
  • Billie Joe Armstrong’s son, Jakob Danger, releases new music. (Listen to first single)
  • Former Seattle police chief believes Kurt Cobain’s death should be reinvestigated.
  • Courtney Love filing cease-and-desist against movie theaters playing Soaked In Bleach documentary.
  • JK Rowling announces the return of Harry Potter.
  • Sleeping With Sirens Latin America tour.
  • Warped Tour survival tips and #FlashbackFriday moment.
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Bille Joe Armstrong’s Youngest Son Releases First Songs

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Billie Joe Armstrong‘s youngest son, Jakob Danger (16), has shared his first tracks, documenting his venture into the world of music. You can listen to his first four tracks, “Don’t Try, “Waiting To Dance,” “King Of The World,” and “Friday Feels,” below. Danger uploaded the tracks to his Soundcloud throughout this past week.

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Billie Joe Armstrong Thanks Fall Out Boy

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Just a week after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Billie Joe Armstrong has taken to Instagram one more time to thank Fall Out Boy for inducting Green Day into the “class of ’15.”

This coms after an emotional message of gratitude to fans and the Green Day community, and the frontman has extended that appreciation to the band who inducted them, with a quick, “PS, I  just want to thank fall out boy for an amazing induction speech at the rock n roll hall of fame. heartfelt and eloquent. stay weird fellas!”

You can view Fall Out Boy’s induction speech below, as well as Billie Joe’s Instagram:

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will air on HBO on May 30.

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Green Day Have a Message For Fans

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Following their first show in over a year and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong took to Instagram to express a message of gratitude to fans that acts as a great reminder as to why they have remained such a large influence in music. You can view the message (and the original post) below.

“dear you

I can’t express enough how much love is in my heart for all of you in our green day community.
for me to try to put it into words almost feels awkward.
sometimes I don’t always like to use the word “fan”. I think I can speak on behalf of me mike and Tre when I call you family or community. Because you all truly grew up together with us and shared this journey together.
this is more than an award. it’s the privilege to play music, write songs and follow this psychotic passion called rock n roll.

and We share this honor together. because honestly YOU ARE our rock n roll hall of fame.
idiot nation forever

rage and love

Billie Joe”

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Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

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Last night, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrated a night of new inductees at the 30th annual gathering in Cleveland. The evening saw the inductions of Bill Withers, Green Day, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Lou Reed, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Ringo Starr, the “5” Royales, and Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble.

The sold-out event was kicked off with leather-clad Joan Jett & The Blackhearts tearing through their early hits, “Bad Reputation” and “Cherry Bomb” accompanied by Dave Grohl and Miley Cyrus, who inducted Jett into the Hall of Fame. Jett appeared to be choked up, and made sure to call out the names of The Runaways’ members, her first band, noting that “rock ‘n’ roll is an idea and an ideal. Sometimes we forget the political impact it has on people around the world; it’s about giving a voice to people who weren’t satisfied with whatever box they were put into.”

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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, inducted by Peter Wolf, performed with surviving members Mark Naftalin, Elvin Bishop, and Sam Lay (frontman Butterfield and guitarist Mike Bloomfield died in the 1980s), fronted by Zac Brown and Tom Morello, as well as harmonica player Jason Ricci, reprising the group’s “Born in Chicago.”

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble were inducted by John Mayer, who led the band, as well as Jimmie Vaughan, Doyle Bramhall II, and Gary Clark Jr., performed “Pride and Joy,” “Texas Flood, ” and Jimmie’s song, “Six Strings Down.”

However, it was Fall Out Boy’s induction of Green Day that has had pop-punk lovers everywhere buzzing.  In 2002, Green Day had attended their first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony as musical fill-ins for the Ramones. On Saturday night, the band got to be themselves, celebrating their induction with a set including “American Idiot,” “When I Come Around,” and “Basket Case.” The band’s first drummer, John Kiffmeyer, even joined in for a throwback to their 90’s days.

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Patti Smith inducted the late Lou Reed, whose widow, Laurie Anderson, accepted the award. Reed is now a two-time member of the Hall Of Fame, having been enshrined as a Velvet member in 1996, also by Smith.

76 year old Bill Withers accepted his award saying, “Stevie Wonder inducting Bill Withers into the Hall of Fame is like a lion opening a door for a kitty cat.” Withers led Wonder to a harpejji (keyboard instrument) joining him in a performance of “Ain’t No Sunshine,” which was later accompanied by John Legend.

Closing off the evening, Ringo Starr was the final Beatle to be inducted for his solo work, with Paul McCartney presenting the honor. Ringo then got back behind the drums, kicking off “Boys,” joined by Green Day. The show finished up with an all-star group for the closing jam session, with “I Wanna Be Your Man.”

Below, you can see a list of who inducted who, and who performed. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will air on May 30th at 8PM ET/PT on HBO. You can also see a video of the ceremony below:

Inductions

Paul McCartney inducting Ringo Starr

Stevie Wonder inducting Bill Withers

Patti Smith inducting Lou Reed

Peter Wolf inducting The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Fall Out Boy inducting Green Day

John Mayer inducting Stevie Ray Vaughan

Steve Cropper inducting “5” Royales

Miley Cyrus inducting Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Appearing

Gary Clark Jr.                       Zac Brown

 Karen O                                Nate Ruess

Beck                                    Dave Grohl

  Joe Walsh                            Tom Morello

John Legend                  Jimmie Vaughan

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Q&A: Greg Holden

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When we think of singer-songwriters, the most common image that comes to mind is a hipster-esque man or woman with a hat, plenty of scarves, and guitar on their back. Enter Greg Holden. The New York-based, Scottish-born singer-songwriter is breaking down all of the stereotypes, one record at a time. You may recall Greg as one of the minds behind Phillip Phillips’ breakout single, “Home,” or even for his own song “She’s Got Something” being featured on a Target commercial. However, Greg Holden is set to be a household name, with charming, clever new tracks on his upcoming album, Chase The Sun, which is set for release on April 14th, as well as a spring tour with Delta Rae and a summer run with Ingrid Michaelson.

Amidst the madness, Greg Holden sat down with Planet Stereo to talk about the new album, touring, and breaking stereotypes.

 

Planet Stereo: Chase the Sun is Warner Bros. debut. One week until release.

Greg Holden: Yeah, less than a week. Six days.

PS: Are you excited?

GH: Yeah, very.

PS: How do you think that this is going to different than your other albums, other than, of course, record label involvement?

GH: Well, this album is a lot more positive, so I hope more people will be able to pull something from it. The last one was very self-involved and a lot of finger pointing. This one is more open and kind of open to interpretation for the listener and I’m excited to see how people react to it. I’m nervous too.

PS: I can’t blame you. It must be nerve wracking to put out such personal material. Do you find that you’re a very personal songwriter?

GH: Absolutely. You know, I draw a lot of my influences from songwriters who are very personal, like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, all those guys are very personal songwriters and you know, that’s definitely influenced my music. I almost find it more difficult — in fact, I do find it more difficult to write songs that aren’t personal.

PS: Do you find that, at shows, people come up a lot and say, “Oh, I can relate to that,” or just that they’ve been through similar experiences?

GH: Definitely. Especially with the new songs, I’m getting more reactions from people in terms of people telling me their personal experiences. One of the most profound ones was when I was in Florida. I played one of my new songs, “Boys In The Street,” and a kid came up to me and said he didn’t kill himself because of that song, which was the most…I mean, I didn’t know what to say, you know? When someone says something like that to you, it’s…you don’t know how to handle that.

PS: Yeah, I would imagine you just kind of freeze.

GH: Yeah…you’re like, “Okay, well, I’m very glad you’re alive! [laughs] And I’m very glad I wrote this song.”

 

 

PS: You said the album was heavily influenced by your travels…

GH: Yeah, I took a trip to India like, two years ago, because I needed something to reignite my songwriting process, because it had kind of fallen into a hole. I knew that going somewhere extreme like India or the Himalayas would do something to me, and I didn’t know what that would be. But what it did do was give me a whole new perspective on my life, and my opportunities, and how fortunate I am to be doing what I’m doing, so the album was heavily influenced by that experience.

PS: Speaking of traveling, I am curious, as you’ve toured all over, what crowd do you find to be the most extreme/the wildest?

GH: The wildest? I think the American crowds. In Europe, everyone’s kind of well-behaved, they’ll sit and listen, and clap accordingly, but in America, they’re a bit more wild, especially when getting down to New Orleans and Texas. It’s awesome.

PS: I’m based in Florida, so I totally get that, especially when you go to House of Blues. The people are already hopped up because they’re in Disney!

GH: Yeah, right, especially if you’re there on like, a weekend in Florida, when everybody’s drinking. They go nuts. Then you’re really in for it.

PS: So you were originally born in Scotland, but you moved from England to New York?

GH: Yeah, I’ve been in New York for six years now.

PS: And how are you finding it in comparison to your British roots?

GH: Well, it’s been so long now, it’s like, this is my life. It’s hard to remember what my old life was like in England. When I was living there, I had a job and worked everyday, and wasn’t making money from music, and then, I moved to New York kind of to give myself that element of fear that I thought would push me to make music my living. When I moved here, I quit everything in England, and when I got here, my only choice was to make money on music, so, it’s a whole different life here.

PS: It obviously worked.

GH: Yeah, I guess it did [laughs]. You know, you’ve got to jump if you want to learn how to fly.

PS: Has being with a big label like Warner Bros. changed how your perspective of the music industry, or are you still looking at it the same way?

GH: I’m still looking at it the same way. I’m seeing a bigger picture, certainly, but I spent a lot of time being independent through choice because I was waiting for the right label, and I had my choices, but I looked at my options. I found that when I spoke to the people at Warner, they just seemed to believe in what I was trying to do, so nothing has really changed in terms of how much freedom I have or what kind of music I want to put in. I still have the control I had before, I just have more support, which is very fortunate.

PS: A lot of artists really fear big labels, because they’re scared of that loss of control. What would you say to the artists that feel that way?

GH: They’re scared for a reason, and I don’t disagree with them. I mean, I was very fortunate to fall into the hands of Warner Brothers, but not all labels are like they are. The only thing I would probably say is, and it’s easier said than done, but try and control as much as you can going in. I mean, you know, I actually made Chase The Sun before I signed with Warner Brothers, so I’d already made the record, I’d already written the songs, and recorded everything, so it was easy for me to go in, and be like, “Do you wanna do this?” [laughs] A lot of bands aren’t in that boat or that position of power, so they are told what songs to put on the album, or pushed to go in a certain direction. I just feel very lucky that I was in the situation that I was when I signed with Warner Brothers.

PS: And you’re also about to go on tour, which I assume will be crazy.

GH: I can’t wait. I love touring. That’s the whole reason I wanted to be a musician, to play music for people. I love it. I’m so excited to go out with Delta Rae and I’m excited to go out with Ingrid Michaelson in June.

PS: What dates are you looking forward to the most? Is there a place that you haven’t been that you’re excited to visit?

GH: Well, we’re playing with Ingrid Michaelson in June at The Greek Theatre in LA, which is kind of one of the like life goals. It’s one of the most beautiful venues in the world. I wake up every morning and think about what it’s gonna be like to play that show [laughs].

PS: Just kind of imagine it all, right? [laughs]

GH: Yeah, that places holds like 5 or 6,000 people I think. I’m just kind of like, ‘Oh my god. That’s gonna be so amazing.’

PS: With such a busy schedule, I mean, you’re touring, you’re writing, life gets in the way, etc., how do you find the time to write?

GH: [laughs] Good question! Honestly, because I’ve never had a label behind me post-album release, I don’t know yet. Because, you know, the label’s going to make sure I’m busy, and then they’ll want another album, and I don’t know when that’s going to happen, because it’s never happened this way before. But you know, I’m one of those people that don’t really write while I’m on the move. Once I stop moving, I need to take some time to clear my head, and write more music. Hopefully, my label will be kind enough to understand that once this album cycle’s done, I’ll disappear somewhere [laughs].

PS: Go to like, a cabin in the woods?

GH: Yeah, or like, India again. Go to a cabin or something, and like hideaway to write an album. Only time will tell, I guess.

PS: I’m just going to be curious as to “Where did he go?” [laughs]

GH: Yeah, I’ll just be that illusive guy that disappears after every album. [laughs]

PS: When you’re looking at the music industry now, especially with social media, which I know you utilize and talk to your fans, which do you find to be more important: quality or like-ability?

GH: Quality, absolutely. For me, I’ve always been about less is more, quality versus quantity, you know, all those cliche` statements. I think there is something to be said about being selective about what you put out there musically and in terms of content. I always have people telling me, “Oh, you need to put out more content, we need more content,” and I don’t agree [laughs]. I really don’t. I mean, I think that putting something out there for the sake of it is going to be damaging. It’s more important to really be aware of what you’re putting out there, and putting out less of it. I put out YouTube video after YouTube video of song after song, and it’s a learning process, because I regret that now, because I put out crap [laughs]. For me, it’s all about learning throughout your career to do a good job with what you’re doing.

PS: Speaking of content, and what’s being put out there, I’m genuinely curious, what was the first album that you every bought?

GH: Dookie by Green Day.

PS: Really?

GH: Yeah, the first song I ever learnt on guitar was “Time of Your Life,” by Green Day. I’m an absolutely massive Green Day fan.

PS: Oh my gosh, I am genuinely surprised. I pegged you as like a Beatles guy or something.

GH: Don’t get me wrong, I started listening to Bob Dylan and The Beatles, and all that stuff, but for me, I was more into punk and metal in the beginning, and I still am. I still listen to punk and metal. The Bronx is one of my favorite bands. I have this singer-songwriter vibe, but I listen to a lot of heavier stuff.

PS: I’m sorry, I’m just genuinely surprised [laughs].

GH: [laughs] That’s funny. I bet you expected me to be like, “Oh yeah, you know, I’m a big Damien Rice fan, and I love him…”

PS: Yeah, I did, truthfully.

GH: And them I’m just like, “Yeah, you know, I’m more into, like, Every Time I Die, and The Bronx.” [laughs]

PS: Now that you’ve rendered me completely speechless, I only have one question left for you.

GH: That’s really funny. Go ahead.

PS: If this was your last interview, your last words ever spoken to another human being, what would you want them to be?

GH: Oh my God…

PS: I’m not threatening to kill you, by the way, just so that we’re clear.

GH: [laughs] I know, I was like, “Did you plant a bomb in my apartment? Is that what this is?”

PS: [laughs] Oh, God. That’s horrible.

GH: Um…my last words…[sighs]. Be kind to others. Yeah, I mean, that’s it. Be kind to others. Fuck it, they’re my last words!

Greg Holden’s new album, Chase The Sun, is out on April 14th. You can find more from him HERE, or buy a CD or tickets to an upcoming show HERE.

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Green Day To Be Inducted Into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame By Fall Out Boy

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Green Day are finally getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and guess who’s doing the honors? That’s right, Fall Out Boy. The ceremony will take place this year, airing on HBO on May 30th.

Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong spoke with Rolling Stone about Green Day’s induction; a statement which you can view below:

“For me, rock & roll is not an outdated term. To me, it means freedom. It was a way for me to express myself and I’m eternally grateful for the fact that I’ve been able to do that pretty much my whole life. It’s never lost that meaning for me, whether I’m a fan myself or for Green Day fans. It’s just the most liberating thing in the world. The fact that we’re getting recognized for it in the company we have, it’s just an incredible feeling.”

Armstrong also recently announced that he will be opening up a guitar store called Broken Guitars in Oakland, CA. To hear more from Green Day, you can buy concert tickets or purchase a CD here.

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Billy Joe Armstrong (Green Day) Opening Guitar Store

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Billy Joe Armstrong has just made musicians, Green Day fans, and, of course, the fans that became musicians (and cover band artists) very happy. The frontman announced that he and business partner Bill Schneider are opening up a guitar store in Oakland, CA. The store, named Broken Guitars, is set to open on April 34d, and will initially feature the array of guitars in Armstrong and Schneider’s personal collections, all of which will actually be made affordable for the average musician. Surprisingly, the prices will range from $400-$800.

The store’s location is at 423 40th Street in Oakland, California.

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