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    Green Day Takes Broadway

    By kyle | March 28, 2010

    In today’s Post, I talk to Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day about his band’s infiltration of Broadway with the musical “American Idiot,” which I hold out as a viable solution to B’way’s chronic candyassery.

    Topics: Broadway, Music, New York City | 5 Comments »

    5 Responses to “Green Day Takes Broadway”

    1. JohnFNWayne Says:
      March 28th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

      Ask Billie if there was an original note played on “American Idiot,” and if there was, where I can find it.

      And what’s it like touring the world to crowds chanting “American Idiot,” – the awful place that made you millionaire.

    2. Kyle Says:
      March 28th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

      Heh. Well, the opening lines are “Don’t wanna be an American Idiot.”

    3. Pete Says:
      March 29th, 2010 at 9:42 am


      Could you please explain what specifically you’re getting at when you complain about “candyassery” on Broadway?

    4. Robert P. Says:
      March 29th, 2010 at 10:56 am

      RE: JohnFNWayne

      I know Bill Maher isn’t very popular around this corner of the internet, but Green Day’s American Idiot reminds me of his parting remark to Michael Moore this year:

      “Thanks for being here, Michael, and hopefully you will make multi-millions of dollars with your film about the evils of capitalism.”

    5. spongeworthy Says:
      March 29th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

      He’s an ass. I hope everybody involved loses their shirts. And their homes. Families too.