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Green Day’s lyricist, vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool announced their arrival with 1994’s Dookie, which sold 15 million copies and won a Grammy Award. American Idiot, debuted at No. 1 and earned seven Grammy nominations (winning two). Last year, Green Day released 21st Century Breakdown, which won the Grammy for Best Rock Album.
Director Michael Mayer returns to Broadway with American Idiot and Everyday Rapture. He received the 2007 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, for his production of Spring Awakening. His other Broadway credits include Side Man, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and A View From the Bridge. Important Note: This footage was recorded live and has been manufactured from the best-quality video master currently available. It has not been edited or remastered for this release.
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Billie Joe Armstrong
Billie Joe Armstrong is an American rock musician and occasional actor, best-known as the lead vocalist, main songwriter and lead guitarist for the American punk rock band Green Day. He is also a guitarist and vocalist for the punk rock band Pinhead Gunpowder and provides lead vocals for garage rock band Foxboro Hot Tubs when not working with Green Day.
Raised in Rodeo, California, Armstrong developed an interest in music at a young age, and recorded his first song at the age of five. He met Mike Dirnt while attending elementary school, and the two instantly bonded over their mutual interest in music, forming the band Sweet Children when the two were fifteen years old. The band changed its name to Green Day, and became one of the most successful rock groups of all time. Armstrong has also pursued musical projects outside of Green Day's work, including numerous collaborations with other musicians as well as serving as the primary vocalist for the bands Pinhead Gunpowder and Foxboro Hot Tubs.
Michael Mayer (born June 27, 1960) is an American stage and film director. He won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2007 for directing Spring Awakening.
Jordan Roth is the President of Jujamcyn Theaters which owns and operates five Broadway theaters. Current and recent productions include American Idiot, The Book of Mormon, Elf, Fela!, The House of Blue Leaves, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Jersey Boys. He hosts a popular interview series at the venerable 92nd Street Y, facilitating insightful and revealing one-on-one discussions with the most celebrated actors on the Broadway stage. Recent guests include Nathan Lane, Sean Hayes, Laura Linney, Liev Shreiber, Billie Joe Armstrong, David Hyde Pierce, Patti LuPone and Elaine Stritch. He created Givenik.com, where theatergoers can purchase discounted tickets and give 5% of their ticket price to the charity of their choice. Jordan serves on the boards of The Broadway League, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The Times Square Alliance and Freedom to Marry. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with degrees in philosophy and theater and received his MBA at Columbia Business School.
Billie Joe Armstrong discusses his inspiration for Green Day's latest albums. He explains that the American Idiot album was written in response to the fear and confusion in America post-9/11. The latest album, 21st Century Breakdown is also inspired by current American politics.
"It's the end of a lousy era," says Armstrong. "It's that defining moment where you have to destroy something to make something new happen."
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong talks with famed theater director Michael Mayer about the appeal of the musical "American Idiot" to two very distinct audiences. There haven't been any fistfights between theater and rock fans yet, jokes Armstrong.
Mayer explains that the fans may be from different eras, but a musical employing rock music is actually a return to form for Broadway.
Aggressive form of rock music that coalesced into an international (though predominantly Anglo-American) movement in 197580. Originating in the countercultural rock of artists such as the Velvet Underground and Iggy (Pop) and the Stooges, punk rock evolved in New York City in the mid-1970s with artists such as Patti Smith and the Ramones. It soon took root in Londonwhere distinctly punk fashions, including spiked hair and ripped clothing, were popularizedwith bands such as the Sex Pistols and the Clash, and later in California, with X, Black Flag, and the Dead Kennedys. It is often marked by a fast, aggressive beat, loud guitar with abrupt chord changes, and nihilistic lyrics. Variants include new wave (more pop-oriented and accessible) and hardcore (characterized by brief, harsh songs played at breakneck speed); the latter continued to thrive through the 1990s.