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Green Day takes the Grammy... and Broadway, too...

By February 1, 2010

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Green DayI really hadn't planned on catching last night's Grammy Awards (as you'd probably have guessed from my Grammy picks), but I had good reason; I was catching We The Kings at the Detroit date of the 2010 Take Action Tour, and I was pretty impressed. If you can catch them on this tour, I highly recommend it, as this might be the last time you'll be able to see them in a small venue.

So I wasn't watching when Green Day won the Grammy for best rock album with 21st Century Breakdown, nor was I surprised. The band has accumulated a pile of Grammys by now, and at an award show that celebrates the music industry; their slickly evolving sound shows how well they can play the game.

What did surprise me was how well "21 Guns" translated to a show tune. It's almost like they had that in mind when they penned it (Oh wait, it was the second "punk rock opera" concept album they'd done, so odds are it was planned).

It's going to be interesting to see how well their music translates to Broadway though (they've already made "21 Guns" video that you can catch here). Whether or not you're a fan of where Green Day has gone, this musical could be the defining moment that makes or breaks punk on Broadway.

Think about it. If American Idiot does well on stage, it's only a matter of time before we have London Calling From Broadway, Never Mind the Bollocks: Here's the Musical or even We're The Meatmen... and You Suck On Ice!

Given the opportunity, would you see the Green Day musical? And what bands are destined to take their music to the stage next? So many ideas...

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February 3, 2010 at 2:30 am
(1) M1KEY says:

I’ve already seen the show (in Berkeley obviously, the Broadway show hasn’t begun), and it was spectacular then, so I can only imagine what B-way will be like. One of the things I loved about the show was the mixing of songs from American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown, like the intro to Before the Lobotomy is sung and then it turns into Extraordinary Girl, and then back to the outro of Lobotomy. A real gem in the show is the non-album track Favorite Son, easily one of my favourite performances, and quite different from the original. Are We the Waiting was a very emotional piece, with a lot of powerful imagery. I recommend any fan (or non-fan even) to check this show out.

As for other bands that could hit the (other) stage… I suppose something could come of The Black Parade. Maybe.

February 3, 2010 at 5:47 am
(2) Dellone says:

I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ve heard that rather than actual dialogue, there are only songs. That seems very restrictive and stops the largely only-hinted-at story of American Idiot (and more so with 21CB) from being expanded upon. Missed opportunity, if you ask me.

Could have been great.

Hell, could still be great for all I know.

February 5, 2010 at 5:46 am
(3) Lupa says:

I agree with M1key. I saw it in Berkeley,too, and thought it was great.
There could be something in what Dellone says about the lack of dialogue because I know that some people who hadn’t familiarized themselves with the lyrics and story therein were kinda confused by the show. Or maybe they were confused by the punk genre?
I know it’s totally wrong but how about Punk in Drublic with Jack Black as Fat Mike?

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