By Zachary Swickey
Filthy rich celebs and wealthy oil tycoons are known to hire famous musicians to serenade them at their weddings and birthday parties, whether it’s Jennifer Lopez, Sting or even George Michael. So who does one of the richest men in the world, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, book for his wedding? Why Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong of course!
Zuckerberg and his girlfriend of nine years, Priscilla Chan, tied the knot over the weekend at their home in Palo Alto, Calif., during what was an already monumental time for the couple, with Zuckerberg taking Facebook public on Friday and Chan recently graduating from medical school.
While there’s no way to be sure it’s Armstrong since the TMZ footage provides no visual other than the barricading bushes – just audio of the incident – his voice has become rather unmistakable at the point in his career.
“Mark wanted me to play this song,” states a voice that sounds an awful lot like Armstrong’s. Street traffic blocks some of the conversation before he can be heard continuing, “They are gonna dance, they’re gonna dance. This song is one that I wrote for my wife of 18 years — it better be for her, or I’d be in deep trouble. This song is called ‘Last Night on Earth.’” (The song is track number seven off Green Day's ’09 release 21st Century Breakdown).
The crowd then erupted into cheers before (presumably) Armstrong can be heard crooning, “Sending all my love to you / You are the light of my life every night / Giving all my love to you, all of you / If I lose in a fire, sending all my love to you.”
If you could hire any star on earth to play your wedding, who would it be? Let us know in the comments below!
By Uptin Saiidi
In the words of Green Day, “summer has come and past,” and tonight as midnight strikes we’ll be humming the melody of the band’s second highest U.S. selling single, “Wake Me Up When September Ends.” On the surface, we completely understand the mellow-sounding track; it’s that awkward month between summer break and apple picking when the weather is totally bipolar.
But like me, you might have mistaken its meaning. Because of the song’s release date, it’s most commonly thought to be about the events of 9/11, but band member Billie Joe Armstrong clarified the song was actually written as a memorial to his father, who died of cancer in September 1982.
Later, the song was dedicated to the deceased guitarist Johnny Ramone of the Ramones, who died in September 2004.
The song eventually because a tribute to victims of Hurricane Katrina and was performed live with U2 at the first game played after the hurricane in the Superdome in New Orleans.
In honor of today’s timely meaning of the song, we made a list of ten fun ways to commemorate: Read More...
By Rya Backer
It looks like the "Good Morning America" real estate outside of the spacious Times Square could not contain Green Day. In full promotion mode for their latest release, 21st Century Breakdown, the band performed for a very packed crowd not in the middle of Manhattan traffic, but rather, in the comparatively idyllic Rumsey Playfield in the middle of Central Park. If it was any consolation for fans who may have gathered in front of the morning show's usual digs, footage of the concert was shown on the giant screen outside the ABC building.
The band powered through three songs on air: "American Idiot," off the 2004 album of the same name, along with newer cuts "Know Your Enemy" and the new album's title track. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong kept the audience — filled with children on shoulders and businessmen prepping for the work day with an early-morning rock show — singing along, clapping and, in response to his call, jumping throughout the set. For those up for it, a mosh pit also came together in the center of the crowd. Read More...
By Melanie Wolfson
Monday afternoon, I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies from Rutgers University. And then I booked it to Webster Hall.
See, Green Day were playing a (semi) secret show there, and luckily, my family understood that seeing Green Day could not wait ... and a celebratory post-grad dinner could.
Having had the opportunity to meet the guys just last Friday when I tagged along to an interview, I was extremely excited to see Green Day put their words into action as they played a good chunk of 21st Century Breakdown, which I have had on constant rotation since it came out five days ago.
By Melanie Wolfson
Well, I did it. This evening, I met the three reasons why I fell in love with rock and roll in the first place: Billie Joe, Mike and Tré.
I began my journey to meet the guys nearly 18 hours ago when I stood in line to get a wristband that would guarantee my entry into a meet-and-greet with Green Day at their album signing tonight at Best Buy. I haven't slept at all since then (except for a 15-minute nap I had on the sidewalk at around 5:30 a.m.), but, strangely, it hasn't caught up with me yet ... I've been too excited. And then, as if that wasn't enough, thanks to MTV News, I was able to tag along to an exclusive interview we had with the band before they whipped out the pens to sign 500 albums.
(Check out today's MTV News interview with Green Day right here!)
As we waited in the downstairs studio at the store, I tried to calm my nerves but could not keep my legs from shaking or my heart from pounding. When we got the signal that the guys were on their way down, I thought for a minute I might faint or cry (or both), but luckily, I held it together.
When Green Day walked into the room, I was completely unprepared for the first thing that happened: Billie Joe walked immediately over to me, with arms wide open. We hugged. And then I almost died. Read More...
By Melanie Wolfson
Last night, I sacrificed a night of sleep in the name of Green Day. And with only a few hours to go before I get my chance to meet them, I am shaking in my seat and trying to think of what I will possibly say to them in the event that I don’t pass out.
After hearing that the guys would be doing an album signing at the Best Buy in Midtown Manhattan on the day their 21st Century Breakdown album hit stores, and that wristbands to a meet-and-greet with the band would be handed out to the first 500 people to buy that album, well, I knew I would be there dark and early.
I began my adventure at 1:30 am when I took the last train of the night from my Jersey town into the city and grabbed my spot on the line at exactly 3am. As I got closer to Best Buy, I could already see people crowded around the corner of the store. I later learned that I was the 99th person in line. At first, I thought it was crazy that there had been nearly 100 people on the line by 3 am, but it's Green Day, and Green Day fans are crazy.
Take Rich for instance, the guy who nabbed the first place on line. He’s been waiting since 9am yesterday morning. That’s right ... he's been in line 24 hours and counting. Mad props to that dude. He was prepared ... me? Not so much. And you can read about my night on the mean streets of NYC after the jump. Read More...
SAN FRANCISCO — "I'm going to Hollywood, wooooooooooooahhh!" Green Day's Tre Cool exclaimed, breaking out of a suite at a hotel where the band has been doing interviews, just a few miles from their East Bay home base. The hallway had been quiet for hours until this point, and there was no apparent reason for Cool's exclamation, but that's probably why he did it in the first place.
The first time I heard Green Day I was at an interschool dance in 6th grade. My boyfriend (!!!) Brandon and I were slow-dancing when all of a sudden, the volume was raised and a unique voice invaded the room. "Basket Case," from Green Day's breakthrough album Dookie, was requested at every subsequent "dance" from that point forward.
Now, almost two decades later, Green Day has pushed boundaries again with their forthcoming album, 21st Century Breakdown.
The album's lyrics are political, revolutionary, angry and hopeful; sonically, the album harkens back to the Who and Queen, and brings an influence of classic rock marked with a large, sometimes abrasive sound that is markedly distinct from 2004's American Idiot. Breakdown, with its 3-minute pop songs, reminds me of Billie Joe Armstrong's roots and the power of Dookie.
So, early this morning, after completing my daily coffee-and-Croissan'Wich regiment, I opened my MTV inbox and discovered — lo and behold! — that the good folks at Warner/Reprise had sent me a pair of brand new Green Day publicity photos, for their upcoming 21st Century Breakdown album.
And I nearly lost it.
This is because, sitting there on my computer was definitive proof that Green Day are vampires. Or zombies. Or some manner of undead super-beings. Because they never, ever age.
If you don't believe me, read on. Read More...
Usually, when I'm invited to go listen to an album, it's a bit of a drag: Walk over to major label offices, make small talk with wary publicist ("You can't write about this until next month, OK? OK?"), sit in conference room by myself, drink bottle of water provided by intern, scribble down notes about "chugging guitar," repeat one week later, only at a different office for a different album and with a different publicist.
But last night, when the folks from Warner Bros. offered to play me six songs from Green Day's upcoming 21st Century Breakdown album, it was a totally different game. For starters, they brought the album to me — and about 30 of my co-workers — right here at our offices. No trekking necessary. And they brought mini-kegs of beer, too! Read More...