Green Day – “21st Century Breakdown” Out May 15th!

Green Day is back with a brand new album for the first time in over four years! “21st Century Breakdown”, out May 15th on Reprise Records, was produced by Butch Vig (Nirvana’s Nevermind, drums in Garbage). Similar to “American Idiot,” this album is a concept album but this time it’s about a young couple named Christian and Gloria. The album is divided into three acts: “Heroes and Cons,” “Charlatans and Saints” and “Horseshoes and Handgrenades.” If you haven’t listened to it by now, do yourself a favor. Stop reading and go to Rhapsody and listen to the whole thing for FREE. We’ve had a chance to listen to the whole thing and our favorite tracks are: “Horseshoes and Handgrenades,” “21 Guns,” and “Know Your Enemy.”

The first single “Know Your Enemy” is dominating the rock radio charts (#1 Modern Rock, #2 Mainstream Rock). We debuted the video a few weeks ago (You can watch it on the right). You can tell that this album is just going to be huge. Green Day’s on the cover of the newest Rolling Stone, they have a massive tour coming up, they’re playing secret shows all over the place and everyone is going to get a copy of this album. For more on Green Day and their monumental album “21st Century Breakdown,” go to www.greenday.com.

An excerpt of the Rolling Stone interview with lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong:

    Do you get stressed as you write, trying to keep up the momentum?
    I love the moments of inspiration, when you feel pretty good about yourself and things are okay. It’s the shit in between, when you’re blocked — you have a melody in your head and no words for it. It drives you fucking crazy. I had the melody to “Restless Heart Syndrome” [on 21st Century Breakdown] for a year. I had nothing to write about. I would be sitting there: “I feel stupid.” “Little Girl” and “21 Guns” were the same way. But you have to stick with it. It’s the patience that drives you crazy. But the moments when you nail something — that’s when you’re most free. There is no outside stress. You’re just in the zone.

    Mike Dirnt told me that music is enormously important to you — that if you didn’t have it, you’d still be a great husband and father but with a big hole in your life.
    When things were boiling over in my household, as a kid, I started to depend on music. I remember coming home from school and just playing guitar for hours in my room. Music was an escape on all levels. I could put my headphones on and listen to an album, front to back. I loved the feeling when the hair on your arms stood up.

    What records were a particular refuge for you?
    When I started getting into rock, it was Van Halen, Women and Children First. Then I started getting into punk. I would listen to the first Operation Ivy record. There was one band called Rich Kids on LSD. And Hüsker Dü — Warehouse: Songs and Stories hit me like a ton of bricks. It took me to a different place. I was getting into the Beatles, the way they affected me. Music would take me over. I always had an emotional response to it.

Tour Dates (Get tickets here and here)

Mon 05/18/09 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Tue 05/19/09 New York, NY Webster Hall
Fri 07/03/09 Seattle, WA KeyArena At Seattle Center
Sat 07/04/09 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
Mon 07/06/09 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Tue 07/07/09 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
Thu 07/09/09 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
Fri 07/10/09 Fargo, ND Fargodome
Sat 07/11/09 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Mon 07/13/09 Chicago, IL United Center
Tue 07/14/09 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace Of Auburn Hills
Thu 07/16/09 Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum
Fri 07/17/09 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
Sat 07/18/09 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Mon 07/20/09 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden
Tue 07/21/09 Philadelphia, PA The Wachovia Spectrum
Wed 07/22/09 Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena
Fri 07/24/09 Hartford, CT XL Center
Sat 07/25/09 Albany, NY Times Union Center
Mon 07/27/09 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Arena
Wed 07/29/09 Washington, DC Verizon Center
Fri 07/31/09 Nashville, TN Sommet Center
Sat 08/01/09 Duluth, GA The Arena At Gwinnett Center
Mon 08/03/09 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
Tue 08/04/09 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
Wed 08/05/09 Orlando, FL Amway Arena
Fri 08/07/09 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
Sat 08/08/09 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Sun 08/09/09 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Tue 08/11/09 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
Wed 08/12/09 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Thu 08/13/09 Omaha, NE Qwest Center Omaha
Sat 08/15/09 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Sun 08/16/09 Salt Lake City, UT EnergySolutions Arena
Tue 08/18/09 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion At San Jose
Thu 08/20/09 San Diego, CA Cox Arena
Fri 08/21/09 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
Sat 08/22/09 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
Mon 08/24/09 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
Tue 08/25/09 Inglewood, CA The Forum
Mon 09/28/09 Lisbon, Portugal Pavilhao Atlantico
Tue 09/29/09 Madrid, Spain Palacio de la Comunidad
Thu 10/01/09 Barcelona, Spain Palau Sant Jordi
Fri 10/02/09 Toulouse, France Zenith
Sun 10/04/09 Paris, France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
Mon 10/05/09 Cologne, Germany Lanxess Arena
Wed 10/07/09 Berlin, Germany O2 World
Thu 10/08/09 Hamburg, Germany Color Line Arena
Fri 10/09/09 Copenhagen, Denmark Forum Copenhagen
Sun 10/11/09 Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm Globe Arena
Mon 10/12/09 Oslo, Norway Oslo Spektrum Arena ANS
Fri 10/16/09 Rotterdam, Netherlands Ahoy’ Rotterdam
Sat 10/17/09 Antwerp, Belgium Sportpaleis
Mon 10/19/09 Glasgow, United Kingdom S.E.C.C.
Tue 10/20/09 Belfast, United Kingdom Odyssey Arena
Wed 10/21/09 Dublin, Ireland The O2 – Dublin
Fri 10/23/09 London, United Kingdom The O2 – London
Sat 10/24/09 London, United Kingdom The O2 – London
Mon 10/26/09 Sheffield, United Kingdom Sheffield Arena
Tue 10/27/09 Birmingham, United Kingdom LG Arena
Wed 10/28/09 Birmingham, United Kingdom LG Arena
Fri 10/30/09 Manchester, United Kingdom Manchester Evening News Arena
Sat 10/31/09 Manchester, United Kingdom Manchester Evening News Arena
Sun 11/01/09 London, United Kingdom Wembley Arena
Tue 11/03/09 Munich, Germany Olympiahalle
Fri 11/06/09 Vienna, Austria Wiener Stadthalle
Sun 11/08/09 Zurich, Switzerland Hallenstadion Zurich
Tue 11/10/09 Assago, Italy Mediolanum Forum
Wed 11/11/09 Bologna, Italy Palamalaguti
Thu 11/12/09 Turin, Italy Pala Olimpico

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