BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG

Green Day Documentary BRroadway Idiot to Kick-Off CBGB Music & Film Festival

The CBGB Music & Film Festival has announced the 2013 official film lineup, which will feature over 60 feature films and shorts including world and US premieres mixed in with shorts, fan favorites and a wide selection of music driven movies. The fest will kick off with BROADWAY IDIOT (a documentary following Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and the making of his Broadway bound American Idiot) and the highly anticipated US theatrical premiere of the feature film, CBGB.

“We have taken a big step into the future with this year’s unique selection of films,” states Film Festival Director, Joe Amodei. “We have secured over 25 U.S. and World Premieres in addition to including a selection of shorts for the first time. Our film selections will showcase a solid mix of music genres including rock, bluegrass, pop and folk, while also exploring the foreign music culture of countries such as Brazil, Italy, London, Australia and the underground punk scenes in Montreal and Toronto. We have also brought back some fan favorites and a host of films that have never played to NYC audiences.”

“The CBGB Music & Film Festival aims to become the largest international film festival in the world for premiering and showcasing movies and shorts that focus exclusively on music.” Said CBGB Music & Film Festival executive producer Tim Hayes. “No other major film festival in the county provides such a large platform for music based movies and there is no better place than New York City to do it.”

The CBGB Film Festival is a five-day festival/conference that will take place from Wednesday, October 9 to Sunday, October 13. The fest will premiere an estimated 60 feature films and shorts, featuring Q&A sessions with directors, producers and actors.

For the complete list of films and schedules please go to the festival website: atcbgb.com

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Green Day’s Broadway American Idiot Now A Musical Documentary

Broadway Idiot, a documentary about a play based on an album, is set to screen in select theaters this fall.

Green Day’s American Idiot, the album, was first released in 2004, then later adapted into a musical by the same time, which premiered in 2009 and opened on Broadway in 2010, before hitting the road as a tour in 2011.

Broadway Idiot, which was first announced back in January and premiered at South By Southwest in March, follows Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, who appeared in some Broadway performances of the show, in his journey to adapt the album into a musical.

The Doug Hamilton-directed documentary showcases tons of behind the scenes footage, interviews, and more, and opens in New York on Oct. 11 and in select markets in the U.S., Canada, as well as on demand, Oct. 1st.

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VH1 To Air Highlights From Green Day Documentary

Green Day announced they will premiere highlights from their documentary ¡Quatro!on November 28 on VH1.

¡Quatro! takes fans inside the world of Green Day, from the various spontaneous live performances in select cities across the U.S. to the chronicling of their creative process while conceptualizing and recording their current trilogy of albums: Green Day ¡Uno!, Green Day ¡Dos!, andGreen Day ¡Tré!

“Over the last year while we were recording our trilogy, we posted multiple clips every week so fans can see parts of the recording process of ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!,” said Green Day’s Mike Dirnt. “¡Quatro! brings our fans one step closer by giving them even more access and revealing what it was like for us to make these records.”

¡Quatro! will premiere on VH1 on Wednesday, November 28 at midnight, followed by airings on MTV2 during 120 Minutes on November 30 and on Palladia the same day.

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Enters Treatment For Substance Abuse

Two days after his on-stage outburst at the iHeartRadio festival made headlines, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has announced he will undergo treatment for substance abuse.

The band broke the news Sunday evening on their Facebook page,posting a message that read:

“Billie Joe is seeking treatment for substance abuse. We would like everyone to know that our set was not cut short by Clear Channel and to apologize to those we offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances.”

At press time, it’s not clear just what appearances will be scrapped in support of the band’s ¡Uno! album (out Tuesday), or if Armstrong’s treatment will effect Green Day’s just-announced tour, which is set to kick off in November. A rep for the band could not be reached for comment by MTV News. Read More>>


Billie Joe Armstrong Goes to Rehab

Green Day rocker Billie Joe Armstrong has checked into a treatment facility for substance abuse after trashing equipment and hurling abuse at promoters during what appeared to be a public meltdown at a Las Vegas festival.

The rocker and his bandmates were performing at the iHeart Radio Music Festival on Saturday when Armstrong took offense to a time warning towards the end of his set, storming offstage after accusing concert organizers of disrespecting him.

The video footage of his meltdown has since been posted online.

In a statement released to The Associated Press, the band has apologized for the incident, insisting the set was not cut short by promoters, as has been suggested.

A representative has also confirmed Armstrong is seeking treatment, adding, “The band regretfully must postpone some of their upcoming promotional appearances.”

The group’s new album, Uno, will be is released on Tuesday.

Armstrong’s treatment news comes just weeks after the trio was forced to scrap a show in Italy after the singer was hospitalized with with an undisclosed medical issue on September 2nd.

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Will Rock Thursday’s VMAs Following Hospitalization

A spokesperson for Green Day confirmed exclusively to MTV News on Tuesday (September 4) night that the VMA veterans will be in Los Angeles for their rehearsal on Wednesday and that they are ready to plug in for the big show after a recent health scare for singer Billie Joe Armstrong.

Despite Armstrong’s trip to an Italian hospital on Sunday night, Green Day are still on tap to rock the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at 8 p.m. ET/PT Thursday night.

Armstrong’s health issue forced GD to cancel their show in Bologna, Italy, on Sunday after the singer was rushed to a hospital for undisclosed reasons.

“We sincerely apologize to our fans, but unfortunately due to illness Billie Joe has been hospitalized, and we regretfully must cancel our performance in Bologna, Italy this evening,” bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tre Cool said in a video statement posted on their site on Monday. “We are beyond devastated and will make it up to you when we come back next summer.”

According to their site, after the VMAs, the band’s next scheduled tour date is on September 21 at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.

(Source): MTV

Good News Dept: Green Day To Release Three Albums Over The Next Eight Months

Green Day put their humble beginnings to bed with the release of two epic concept albums that solidified themselves as one of the most essential contemporary American rock bands. But now, even the sprawl of American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown is too confining for the boys from Berkeley, as they have announced that they will be releasing a trio of brand new albums between September and January.

“We are at the most prolific and creative time in our lives. This is the best music we’ve ever written, and the songs just keep coming,” the band said in a statement released by their publicist last night. “Instead of making one album, we are making a three album trilogy. Every song has the power and energy that represents Green Day on all emotional levels.”

The albums will be titled ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tre!, the third eschewing the proper Spanish spelling of “three” in favor of a reference to drummer Tré Cool. They represent the first proper releases from the band since 2009. ¡Uno! will hit stores on September 25, with ¡Dos! following on November 13 and ¡Tre! hitting on January 15 2013. There’s no indication about what the new music might sound like, though fans in Japan, France, Germany, and Italy may be able to get a preview when the band plays festivals in those countries later this summer.

Source:EW

Good News of The Day: Green Day Working On New Album

Green Day has announced that the band is working on its upcoming ninth album.

The news was revealed by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, who posted a Tweet on Valentine’s Day: “Happy Valentine’s Day! Officially started recording the new record today. It’s F*** TIME!!!!”

It is not clear whether F*** Time is the name of the album. The band has, however, noted that the new LP will steer away from the concept-album theme of its last two albums, American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown.

Green Day debuted a new song, “Carpe Diem,” during a live show in San Francisco last November, and has since performed various new tracks — including “Wow, That’s Loud” and “Make Out Party” — at other live events.

Green Day’s American Idiot musical recently finished a long stand on Broadway and will be touring the UK in October.

Green Day Star Billie Joe Armstrong Set for Film Role in American Idiot

Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong is to reprise his role as St. Jimmy in the movie adaptation of hit musical American Idiot.

Armstrong, who came up with the concept for theBroadway show which is full of his band’s music, took a lead role on two separate occasions earlier this year (11), and according to The Hollywood Reporter, he’s planning to make his big screen debut when director Michael Mayer turns the musical into amovie.

Tom Hanks will be among the co-producers of the project, which is set for a 2013 release.
Guitar World Magazine: Billie Joe Armstrong & Green Day (August 2009)

Ticket Sales Fell Dramatically After Billie Joe Armstrong Departed American Idiot on Broadway

American Idiot, the Broadway show based off Green Day‘s 2004 album of the same name, will close, the producers announced in a statement Thursday.

Ticket sales had plummeted when the band’s front man, Billie Joe Armstrong, departed earlier this month. Box office sales went from $1.3 million to $395,275 in the first week after he left.

Armstrong will reprise his role of St. Jimmy beginning April 5 for the final three weeks on stage. His return marks the one-year anniversary of the American Idiot.

After 421 performances and 27 previews on Broadway, the final show is set for April 24.

The first national tour launches this fall.

The show garnered a 2011 Grammy for “Best Musical Show Album,” two 2010 Tony Awards, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award and was honored with the Actors’ Equity Association’s Award for “Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity and Equal Opportunity on Broadway.”

Source: Hollywood Reporter