Green Day on Broadway insist they are still punk

Tue Apr 20, 2010 7:13pm EDT
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. punk rock band "Green Day" may be debuting their new musical on mainstream Broadway this week, but the trio says they aren't turning soft but following a natural progression from their 2004 album "American Idiot."

The band's new musical, which carries the same name and songs from that blockbuster Grammy-winning album, opens on Broadway on Tuesday evening.

"This is not 'Oklahoma' -- it's 'American Idiot'," singer Billie Joe Armstrong told Reuters in an interview. "It's live and right in your face, flesh and blood."

Critical notices are due out Wednesday. Previews have drawn a younger audience than typical Broadway previews, but the show is still a far cry from the raucous crowd-surfing of their early concerts.

The show follows the lives of three disaffected, post-9/11 youth and features sex, drugs and the ravages of war. It includes all the songs from "American Idiot," some hits from their 20O9 album "21st Century Breakdown" such as the single "Know Your Enemy," and a few new songs.


Armstrong said the musical was simply the aftermath of "an ambitious record" and reflected the way it was written "as a play or rock opera or whatever you want to call it."

"It made us more ambitious musicians, and strange opportunities and strange unpredictable things start to come your way," he said. "You have to challenge your fans. Otherwise it would just be boring, and they have to expect it and expect the unexpected, especially with us."   Continued...