I 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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