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I recently came across this quote of mine from 22 years ago:As promised, tour dates below...
"What it comes down to for me is this: Will the technologies of communication in our culture, serve to enlighten us and help us to understand one another better, or will they deceive us and keep us apart?"
I believe this is still a supremely relevant question and the jury is out. There is a lot of commercial clutter on the net, and a lot of propaganda, but I have a sense that just beneath the surface understanding is gaining ground. We just have to keep blogging, keep twittering, keep communicating, keep sharing ideas.
30 Years ago when I wrote The Wall I was a frightened young man. Well not that young, I was 36 years old.
It took me a long time to get over my fears. Anyway, in the intervening years it has occurred to me that maybe the story of my fear and loss with it's concomitant inevitable residue of ridicule, shame and punishment, provides an allegory for broader concerns.: Nationalism, racism, sexism, religion, Whatever! All these issues and 'isms are driven by the same fears that drove my young life.
This new production of The Wall is an attempt to draw some comparisons, to illuminate our current predicament, and is dedicated to all the innocent lost in the intervening years.
In some quarters, among the chattering classes, there exists a cynical view that human beings as a collective are incapable of developing more 'humane' ie, kinder, more generous, more cooperative, more empathetic relationships with one another.
In my view it is too early in our story to leap to such a conclusion, we are after all a very young species.
I believe we have at least a chance to aspire to something better than the dog eat dog ritual slaughter that is our current response to our institutionalized fear of each other.
I feel it is my responsibility as an artist to express my, albeit guarded, optimism, and encourage others to do the same. To quote the great man, " You may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one."
- Roger Waters, 2010
Band of Horses @ Outside Lands 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
Band of Horses will be down at SXSW this year. The folk-rockers are set to play two official showcases - one on Thursday, March 18th at Stubb's, and the other on March 19th at Central Presbyterian Church.
They're gearing up for the release of their third record, Infinite Arms, will be released on May 18th. It'll be their first on Brown Records/Fat Possum/Columbia - the band's first two were on Sub Pop. Cover art for that record is below.
Band of Horses have tour dates scheduled through the spring. On those, they'll share bills with the not-too-shabby likes of She & Him, Snow Patrol and Widespread Panic. In addition, Band of Horses will be opening all but one of the shows on Pearl Jam's US tour this May. The bands play Madison Square Garden on May 21st. The Black Keys (who play Central Park SummerStage this July) open Pearl Jam's show the day prior (5/20) also at MSG. Tickets go on Pearl Jam fan club presale March 16th at 3pm and 6pm for the MSG shows (others start March 15 at noon). General sale starts March 20th.
Pearl Jam performed on SNL on Saturday night (March 13th) - video from that and all tour dates are below...
photos by Bao Nguyen
The sheer explosion of music and technology was an assault on the senses, bringing out the best of my deeply geeky appreciation for both. Before taking the stage, there was a guest appearance by Matt Pinfield looking to get the crowd amped up while cautioning audience members to be sure not to miss the moment when they took the stage. Let me tell you, he wasn't kidding. Playing the waiting game before a show always has a bit of excitement and anxiety as you just want to see the band come out as you get swept away in the moment. As we waited for Muse to take the stage we were left looking at a stage with 3 floor-to-ceiling columns covered with a fabric scrim. Not too visually appealing in the state they were in, but you couldn't help wonder what part they would play come show time...Matt Bellamy is a rock god, and it couldn't be more fitting that once the lights dimmed, the columns turned into three buildings with staircases with the band members coming down the steps, as if from heaven. The aha moment came when the screens fell and revealed the band members on separate raised square platforms, suspended mid-arena with large columns projecting each of them on all four sides while they opened with "Uprising" from their latest album. There wasn't a bad seat in the house. [Geek Bouteek]Silversun Pickups opened the show Friday night at Madison Square Garden. More pictures and Muse's setlist below...
My Morning Jacket...
My Morning Jacket will be opening for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Izod Center on Tuesday, August 24th. Fanclub presale starts March 8th at 10am. Tickets through LiveNation go through a ton of presales, which start March 10th at 10am, before general sale, which starts March 15th at 10am.
It's just one stop in Tom Petty's full summer of shows with acts that include Joe Cocker, Drive-By Truckers, and Crosby, Stills and Nash. He'll also play Madison Square Garden on July 28th (opener TBA). Those go on Fanclub presale Monday, March 8th at 10am.
Tom Petty's new album, Mojo, comes out this spring; a track from it is streaming on his site.
All tour dates with openers are below...
photos by Fresh Bread
Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.
The band had called it quits in 2004. Nearly 20 years of almost nonstop working and touring had taken a toll, especially on Anastasio, who describes his drug and alcohol problems as ``well-documented.''Phish kick off a four-night New Years Eve run of shows in Miami tonight (12/28). A set of pictures from Phish's December 2nd show at Madison Square Garden in NYC are continued below...
``We just hit the wall on a lot of levels,'' says Anastasio. ``It was just rolling along with no end -- the whole thing had gotten to be a bit like a freight train that was out of control.
``And stopping was the best thing we could have done. . . . Everybody went home and reconnected with what's important, which is family and health. And when the time was right, we got back on the road.'' [Miami Herald]
Rockette Reindeer pulling Santa @ Radio City Music Hall (kimberlyann207)
New York, NY - December 21, 2009 - MSG Entertainment announced today that both Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall were named 'Venue of the Decade' within their respective categories, by industry trade leader Billboard Magazine in its 'The Year End/Decade in Music' December issue. The Garden (20,000 plus capacity), which has remained the highest-grossing venue in the world for nine consecutive years, has generated a total gross of $776 million, followed by Radio City (5,901 capacity) with $804 million. Results were compiled by Billboard Boxscore, from December 11, 1999 through November 21, 2009.
'Eric and I played together in Japan earlier this year and had a blast. Since then we have been in regular contact and talked about doing a similar show for our fans. Looking forward to the shows in 2010," said Jeff Beck.Jeff and Eric will perform "perform together and apart" at the two previously-mentioned Madison Square Garden shows they're playing on on February 18 & 19. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon.
"I've always considered Jeff Beck to be one of the finest guitar players around. He's a friend, a great guy, and a truly gifted musician. We had such a fun time in Japan that it seemed natural to play together again," said Eric Clapton.
Muse and Silversun Pickups are playing MSG in March.
A whole bunch of other shows recently went on sale too.
UK rock band Muse will headline (for the second time) Madison Square Garden in NYC on March 5th. Recent grammy nominees Silversun Pickups are lined up to open the show. Tickets go on sale Saturday, though there will be pre-sales even sooner. The show is part of an about-to-be-announced tour that includes a show the very next day at TD Garden in Boston. All currently known dates below.
According to Consequence of Sound, Muse is also playing Coachella.
"According to a source with knowledge of the festival's plans, Muse will serve as a headliner for the Indio, CA event, set to take place from April 16-18. This will mark the British outfit's first appearance at Coachella since 2004 and will come amidst what will likely be a summer chock-full of tour dates in support of the band's most recent effort, The Resistance.All currently known Muse and Silversun dates below...
A separate source confirms that both Hot Chip and The xx will make room in their recently announced U.S. tour and also appear. These latest additions join Devo, Craze & Klever, and As Tall As Lions, all of which have been previously confirmed by other Internet outlets.
Keeping the fun going, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, The Avett Brothers, and Pavement are all heavily rumored, while Tegan & Sara, Spacemen 3, Pretty Lights, Cornelious, and Imogen Heap are among the others currently appearing on our Coachella Outlook page."
photos by Paul Bachmann
"It's Metallica weekend here in New York and they owned the greatest stage in the entire world last night at the legendary Madison Square Garden. It seems like it's been an awfully long time since they have been at the Garden, at least ten years (obviously not counting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts a couple of weeks ago that they participated in). A lot has happened over that time and sometimes you can start to think that there are other bands out there that put on the best live performances. Well Metallica is back to remind everyone that it is them first, then everyone after that. Folks I'm telling you that last night's performance was the best I have EVER seen them (and I have been to at least twelve of their shows dating back to 1986). They were so tight, so phenomenally talented and I know everyone who was at the show last night will agree-there were times when it felt like the Garden was shaking. There were two songs performed last night that will forever go down in the history of the Garden as moments one can never forget- "Master of Puppets" and "Enter Sandman" was two of the most unbelievable highlights that I have ever witnessed on that stage. The total frenzy created by James, Lars, Kirk and Rob was a sight to behold. There is nothing like a Metallica show and if you have never seen them live, you are totally missing out on a once in a lifetime moment every time that they take the stage, it can happen at any moment." [Errol]Metallica played MSG on Saturday and Sunday night. Lamb of God opened. Both setlists and more pictures from the first night, below...
Bruce Springsteen @ Giants Stadium in October (more by Tim Griffin)
Special programs announced for this weekend's Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band shows at Madison Square Garden:Tickets for the MSG shows may still be on sale. The Boss last played MSG on October 30.
On Saturday, November 7, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform the Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle in its entirety for the first time.
On Sunday, November 8, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform The River in its entirety for the first time.
The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle was originally released in 1973 and The River was originally released in 1980. They now join Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town, and Born in the USA as albums that Bruce and the Band have performed in their entirety during their Fall tour.
Bruce Springsteen & Tom Morello @ MSG (BMoreSweet)
U2 closed the second night of the MSG Rock & Roll Hall of Fame shows on October 30th. At the first (10/29), it was Bruce Springsteen & Billy Joel (before one big group sing on Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher")...
After "Badlands" much of the drained audience began leaving and then rushed back to their seats when Billy Joel sat down at the piano and launched into "You May Be Right," "Only The Good Die Young" and "New York State Of Mind." (The pair were uniting the kindred spirits of New Jersey and Long Island, Springsteen explained.) "Higher and Higher" wrapped up the night. The official set list had the show ending at 11:36:55 (yes, they thought they had it down to the exact second), but the final notes rang out at 1:31 a.m. Six straight hours of music, and that was just the first of two nights. [Rolling Stone]Bruce was actually there both nights (one of many possibly "filling in" for Eric Clapton, who canceled last minute on the second). Those in attendence on the 30th got to see U2, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith sing together on "Because the Night." (And U2 + Mick Jagger (another unannounced guest) + Fergie + Will.i.am sing "Gimme Shelter"...). Ray Davies, Lou Reed, and Ozzy Osbourne all performed with Metallica. Many played with Stevie Wonder. Full setlists below.
HBO will be airing four hours of highlights on Thanksgiving weekend.
(November 29th at 8PM ET).
Bruce's current tour wraps up November 22nd in Buffalo. He was at Giants Stadium earlier this fall, playing the last concerts ever there. U2 also played the venue for two nights in September, and will be back in Jersey in 2010 as part of their just-announced tour.
Set lists for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shows are below...
Bruce Springsteen @ Giants Stadium (more by Tim Griffin)
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concerts at Madison Square Garden scheduled for October 29th and 30th will go on without Eric Clapton. Bruce Springsteen's participation is in question due to a death in the family that caused him to cancel last night's show in Kansas City.
Lenny Sullivan, Bruce's cousin and the assistant road manager of the E Street Band for the last ten years, passed away today at the age of 36. A warm and sensitive person, he was beloved by Bruce, the Band, the crew, and the entire Thrill Hill family.R.I.P. Lenny.
[and] Due to [the] death in Bruce's immediate family, [Monday night's] show at Sprint Center has been unavoidably cancelled. All tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase. Bruce and The Band deeply appreciate the understanding of our Kansas City audience and look forward to returning at the earliest opportunity. [BruceSpringsteen.net]
Eric Clapton won't be at MSG because he's having gallstones removed.
Van Morrison recently canceled his performance at the show as well (he was replaced by Buddy Guy). Some tickets are still available (I was able to pull up a $2600 seat for the second night)...or you can try eBay where they'll run you in the same ballpark as a World Series ticket.
Still on the bill for night one are Sting, Little Richard, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Smokey Robinson and Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Wonder, Simon and Garfunkel and Crosby and Stills and Nash; and for night two Jeff Beck, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Guy, U2, Aretha Franklin and Metallica.
Little Leonard Cohen headlines the giant Madison Square Garden this evening (10/23). Van Morrison plays the smaller Theater on Sunday (10/25).
Van Morrison was actually scheduled to make an appearance in the bigger venue too this month, but...
The concerts celebrating the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are right around the corner on 29 and 30 October at the world's most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. There has been a change in the guest lineup for 30 October, the evening Eric Clapton is scheduled to perform. Van Morrison is no longer on the show. Buddy Guy will now be performing. Other special guests for Friday include Ozzy Osbourne, Jeff Beck, Jerry Lee Lewis, Annie Lennox and Lenny Kravitz.Speaking of cancellations and Lenny Kravitz, Lenny's recently cancelled show at Irving Plaza was rescheduled for October 28th.
"The Fame Kills Tour Club is pleased to announce that tickets and VIP packages will soon be available for the Fame Kills Tour: Starring Kanye West & Lady Gaga! Fame Kills Tour Club members will get exclusive access to presale tickets and VIP packages before they go on sale to the public! Interested in becoming a member? JOIN HERE!The only NYC-area dates so far are December 22nd at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ, and January 3rd, 2010 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. Neither of those dates go on presale until September 29th, unlike many of the other dates on the tour which go on presale Tuesday morning.
To check when presales start for a particular concert, please see the start date displayed in the "TOUR CLUB PRESALE" and "VIP PACKAGES" columns next to the shows listed below.
To participate in any of these presales, simply log-in to your Fame Kills Tour Club account, pick up your passcode, and click on the link displayed in the "TOUR CLUB PRESALE" or "VIP PACKAGES" column next to the show of your choice (while the presale is active). After you click on the link, you will be directed to the ticket vendor's website, where you will be asked to enter your passcode and select the number of presale tickets/VIP packages you would like to purchase. Please note each Fame Kills Tour Club member is allowed to purchase up to 4 presale tickets or VIP packages total per membership year."
That said, there are still lots of days off on this tour. They hit the Verizon Center in DC on December 30th, but are currently free on the 31st. One keen Anonymous commenter noticed this and said, "I hope this New Year's Eve show at MSG isn't Kanye and Lady Gaga......". I think that person's on to something.
Meanwhile, some of the first New Years Eve shows to officially be announced are Dean & Britta (early) & The Felice Brothers (late) at Southpaw in Brooklyn.
Above picture via kanyegate.tumblr.com
Nine acts -- including Sting, Van Morrison and Little Richard -- have been added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th-anniversary concerts taking place at Madison Square Garden, Oct. 29 and 30.I quickly checked to see if tickets were still available at all, and I wasn't able to get two $754 'Hot Seats' for the first night, but could put two $5004.50 'Silver Packages" in my cart. That's all I tried.
Sting, Little Richard, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Smokey Robinson and Bonnie Raitt will join previously announced artists Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Simon and Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills and Nash, on Oct. 29.
Morrison, Jeff Beck and Jerry Lee Lewis have been added to the Oct. 30 lineup, joining U2, Aretha Franklin, Metallica and Eric Clapton.
Van Morrison also has a show coming up at the Theater at MSG.
photos by Tim Griffin
"Gee whiz, man. Ozzy sold more solo albums than Sabbath? Wow, I guess that automatically means Ozzy's solo music is better, hunh?Last night (8/25), Heaven & Hell (previously known as "Black Sabbath, The Dio Years") shared a building with Britney Spears. That building was Madison Square Garden, and for Britney it was the 2nd of 3 sold-out nights in a row in the arena. For this incarnation of Black Sabbath, it was their only night in the not-quite sold out theater. See above. More pictures below...
That's YOUR math. Not mine.
By comparison, I guess Eminem and Britney Spears make better music than both of them, hunh?
Jay-Z @ All Points West 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
"ABSOLUT(R) VODKA, the world's most iconic vodka, announces a creative collaboration with Madison Square Garden that will offer music fans an unparalleled series of high-profile concerts at the iconic venue. Showcasing performances ranging from rock-and-roll heavyweights to country crooners, these two legendary brands will work together to bring music lovers of all kinds the ultimate concert experience as only The Garden can offer. To kick off the series, ABSOLUT and Madison Square Garden will host a once-in-a-lifetime benefit show featuring hip-hop impresario JAY-Z on September 11, 2009, to aid the New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund. The highly-anticipated performance will air live and commercial-free on Fuse TV at 9pm...Jay-Z's new song "Run This Town" features appearances by Rihanna and Kanye West. The official video for that is below...
...The on-sale date and method of purchase for tickets to the concert will be announced shortly. After the announcement, Citi card members will have access to presale tickets through Citi's Private Pass(R) program. For complete presale details visit: www.citiprivatepass.com and for more information on programming surrounding this event, go to www.fuse.tv/jay-z."
KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has posted a brief review of NINE INCH NAILS' August 10, 2009 concert at Fort Canning Park in Singapore.Nine Inch Nails played Webster Hall in NYC last night (8/23). Their next show is Tuesday at Terminal 5. I'm sure Gene will be happy to see them go (sort of, maybe).
Simmons, who was in Singapore on business, wrote in an apparently sarcasm-filled posting on his Facebook page, "Went to see Trent Reznor's [NINE INCH NAILS mainman] band. About 1,000 people attended the outdoor event. On other days (it's a three-day festival), it's LADY GAGA and KEANE. Band was solid. Good lights. Lots of smoke in every song. Couldn't see the band. But, boy, was there a lot of smoke. Terrific drummer, who played in perfect time with the tape loops. Good stuff... I loved it."
Kiss have announced a North American tour...
This incredible show will feature a new stage set, pyro effects that only the "hottest band in the world" could deliver, and all-new costumes. KISS ALIVE 35 North America also marks the first leg of the world's first fan-routed tour - in which more than 10,000 individual cities across Canada and the U.S. mounted their own unique campaigns to bring KISS to their towns.Exclusively at Wal Mart... Rock!
SONIC BOOM - KISS' highly-anticipated album, and its first new material in 11 years - will be released exclusively at Walmart, Walmart.com and Sam's Club retail locations beginning October 6.
Tickets for shows at MSG & Nassau Coliseum & other shows go on sale Saturday, August 29th at 10:00 AM. There are also about a zillion presales (my favorite is the "Buckcherry Presale"). All dates below...
Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan @ MSG (more by Tim Griffin)
(August 11, 2009) Depeche Mode has been forced to cancel their scheduled appearance on Wednesday, August 12th at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California due to doctor's orders that lead singer Dave Gahan be on complete vocal rest for 48 hours. Because of their busy schedule, a new Bay Area date will not be rescheduled this year. "San Francisco is one of the most important cities to the band and we are devastated that we have been forced to cancel this date," said Dave Gahan. "We hope to be back soon to play for all of our fans in the area." Refunds will be issued at the point of purchase.Depeche Mode successfully completed a 2-night run in NYC earlier this month, and have otherwise been doing OK since Dave Gahan was forced to take some time off in May.
Peter Bjorn and John, who just added a NYC show at Terminal 5, were scheduled to open that cancelled California show.
Video from MSG below...
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
"New York City rules. These guys just finished two nights at Madison Square Fucking Garden opening for Depeche Fucking Mode, and followed both gigs up with late night sets in venues about the size of my living room." [les pensées insouciantes]And one of those gigs was right next door to the Living Room... Monday night at Cake Shop to be exact. That's where the pictures in this post are from...
"...it was a place to hear rarities, like the first US live performance of "People They Know" from their 2002 self-titled debut ("We wrote this when we were younger and slightly pretentious"), or a string of songs from 2004's Falling Out ("Far Away, By My Side," "(I Just Wanna) See Through," and the title track), or a bunch of covers they hadn't played in years, like the Nerves' "When You Find Out" and the Television Personalities' 1981 jam "Silly Girl."" [Stereogum]Tuesday night was at Rockwood. Wednesday morning PB&J tweeted that they "just woke up after playing msg AND rockwood music hall yesterday. was it fun? yes." More pictures from Cake Shop below...
photos by Tim Griffin
"I was suffering from panic attacks, I was always irritable and grumpy, and when I added up all the units of alcohol I'd been consuming, the total was truly horrifying," [Martin Gore] says. It was even scarier to realize "that I'd never been onstage sober in my life before. So this is the first tour I've ever done, alcohol-free, and I prepared for it like a professional boxer."A more sober Depeche Mode and a completely wasted Peter Bjorn & John (kidding) played two shows at Madison Square Garden in NYC this week. We already posted pictures from NIGHT ONE and from NIGHT TWO. Both were taken at the beginning of the show from very closeup. Here's another set of pictures from the second show, but from far away and for more of the show....
Was there a final-straw moment when Gore knew he had a problem? He laughs.
"There were loads of those moments, but they never hit home," he says. "I mean, I had seizures one day on a boat in a Louisiana swamp, and fell forward, just by chance. And if I'd have fallen backward, I would've landed in a swamp full of alligators -- no joke. But even that didn't stop me." [San Francisco Examiner]
photos by Zach Dilgard
"I thought I had great seats for the first night of Depeche Mode's 2-night stand at Madison Square Garden in New York City, but tonight my seats were ridiculous! I was in section 1 on the floor of the arena and it was another dream come true.For opener Peter Bjorn and John, last night's MSG show was their third NYC show in two days. Their fourth was also last night - at Rockwood Music Hall (at 1am). Pictures from MSG Night One HERE. More pictures from MSG Night Two, and the setlist, and a video, below...
The setlist (which you can see after the jump) was pretty much the same, but last night [8/3], Martin Gore performed "Little Soul" and "Home" and tonight he did "Jezebel" and "A Question of Lust" [8/4]. Also, last night, they played "Come Back" and tonight they played "Miles Away/The Truth is." Both nights were fantastic! The crowd was every bit as into it as they were last night as Depeche Mode rocked the Garden again." [According to G]
photos by Tim Griffin
"Of all the bright-eyed groups from the bushy-tailed class of 1982 British New Wavers, few would have picked Depeche Mode as the one still selling out multiple nights at Madison Square Garden 27 years down the road....Peter Bjorn and John opened the show and then played a gig at Cake Shop after midnight. They do it again at MSG tonight (8/4). More pictures from last night (8/3), and the DM setlist, below....
...And then there's Gahan. Though he's been forced to cancel some shows due to a bout with gastroenteritis and tearing a calf muscle onstage in Spain [...and cancer], he sashayed and posed and spun across the stage without a care in the world. His stage performance has been tweaked, just like Depeche Mode's music, all for the better.
Instead of picking up the mic stand and whirling like a dervish, Gahan now spins in moderation and he occasionally tangos with the stand or makes broad ballroom moves like he was training for "Dancing With the Stars." His vocals are different as well, giving a sweeter twist to "Wrong" and a broader snarl to "I Feel You," which opened as a blues number. He even threw some Michael Jackson-esque "hee-hee hees" into "Strangelove."
Yes, you read that right. Who knows what Depeche Mode will think of next?" [Newsday]
photos by Tim Griffin
"Tony Award-winning orchestrator and composer Tom Kitt, whose Next to Normal is playing Broadway, has joined the creative team of the new Green Day musical American Idiot, as music supervisor.Green Day (headliner) and the Kaiser Chiefs (opener) completed their two-night run at Madison Square Garden in NYC last night (7/28). For Green Day it was their second multiple-night visit to the city this year. The first time was in much smaller venues. More pictures and Green Day's setlist from the show, below...
On July 28, Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California announced the creative team for the September-October world premiere of American Idiot, inspired by Green Day's Grammy Award-winning album of the same name and directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer, who collaborated with Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong on the project's story." [Playbill]