The sweet, timeless, close harmony awesomeness of the Everly Brothers is compelling bait for musicians. The material has been covered time and again by notable fans of the duo, whose string of hits in the ’50s and ’60s place them forever among the greats of early rock and roll and influenced generations of songwriters. Look no further than the classic “Love Hurts,” recorded first by the Everlys and hundreds of times since, including hit versions by Roy Orbison, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, Nazareth, and Joan Jett.
That bait was enough to bring together two unlikely bedfellows – Norah Jones and Green Day‘s Billy Joe Armstrong. The pair leave their trademark smooth jazz and pop-punk stylings, respectively, at the door to pick up where Parsons and Harris left off, delivering a tribute to an entire album, 1958’s Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.
Man, did we want to make fun of this. But we can’t. It’s too good, too faithful to the music and too full of the natural gifts of these two artists to be dismissed. Check out the first track being streamed by Warner Bros, along with a lengthy Q&A with Jones and Armstrong, over at Stereogum.
In their first public appearance since frontman Billie Joe Armstrong‘s stint in rehab, Green Day will premiere their documentary, ¡Cuatro! at the X Games Aspen on January 26. Though we got a sneak peak at the film back in November, the band has now released a full-blown trailer for your enjoyment. The trailer sees a fast-paced intro with a flash of lyrics, the smashing of guitars, fervorous drumming, and plenty of rock.
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Just months after Billie Joe Armstrong‘s iHeartRadio Festival outburst and rehab entry, long time punk rockers, Green Day have announced a few U.S. tour dates this March and April. Although Armstrong’s entry into rehab caused a few cancellations in the band’s tour dates, Green Day has said that tickets purchased for their original ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! tour will be honored.
West Coasters, feeling left out? No need to worry. The band promises that shows in your area will be announced in early 2013. You can find the dates after the jump.
Capturing the band behind the scenes, in the studio, and in rare form enjoying a little time off, ¡Quatro! aims to give fans an inside look into not only the band’s personal battles in the balance of life and music, but their time in the studio.
“That summer, we took about a month off,” Billie Joe Armstrong says of the 2009’s 21st Century Breakdown. I set up a small studio and I started making demos, doing it for myself¦ I think sometimes taking time off feels dangerous to me. Bands that ‘take time off’ — they’re not as good when they come back.”
Through images of mass crowds, and screaming fans, we hear Armstrong continue, “Let your audience grow with you and grow up with you, and at some point grow old with you.”
You can check out a clip from the documentary right here, and catch its airdate on VH1, Wednesday, Nov. 28 at midnight ET and again on Palladia Friday, Nov. 30 at 9pm ET.
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For the past few months, and to be honest, their entire career, Green Day has dominated the spotlight. With Billie Joe Armstrong‘s iHeartRadio festival freak out, and the stream of ¡Uno!, it’s no surprise that ¡Dos! has been the talk of tabloids. After several song releases, Green Day have released a full stream of ¡Dos! via Rolling Stone. The album won’t be out until Nov. 13, but you can stream it right now, right here.
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Green Day have released an oddly appropriate new song from their upcoming ¡Dos! record just as they announce the cancellation of their remaining 2012 tour dates and the postponement of their 2013 tour dates. “Stop When The Red Lights Flash” combines a grimy guitar riff with tight vocal harmonies and Billie Joe Armstrong’s repeated shouts of “I’ll make you surrender.” Aptly enough, the band has been forced to capitulate to their frontman’s recent bout of substance abuse which resulted in a now“infamous onstage rant at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Armstrong’s extended period in rehab has forced the band to cancel the entirety of their 2012 tour, which was due to start on September 26 and conclude on December 10. As the timeline for Armstrong’s recovery is uncertain, the band has also postponed their 2013 tour dates scheduled for January and February. But it’s not all bad news for Green Day fans. ¡Dos! will still be coming out on November 13, and the release date for ¡Tré!, the third album of their 2012 trilogy, has been moved up to December 11 “ a month before its originally scheduled due date of January 15, 2013. Listen to the new song below.
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Green Day has been causing quite the stir lately, between Billie Joe Armstrong‘s on stage explosion and the constant whirlwind of promotion behind the band’s trilogy albums, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tre!.
But they aren’t stopping anytime soon, so gear up CSI: NY fans, because you’ll soon be graced with the soundtrack of several new Green Day songs. Appearing during an intense chase scene, viewers will catch narration in the form of Stop When The Red Lights Flash, Amy, Night Life, The Forgotten, and Kill The DJ.
We were stoked when we found out CSI: NY wanted to use our music instead of dialogue to narrate the first few acts of the episode, said Green Day. It’s the first time something like this has been done on the series, and we are blown away with what we’ve seen.
You can catch the episode Oct. 19 at 8pm EST on CBS.
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While performing Basket Case, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong noticed the one minute warning sign flashing, signifying that the band wrap up their set. He quickly halted the band’s performance to make room for an outlandish tantrum.
One fucking minute!, Armstrong screamed, Let me tell you something. I’ve been around since 19 fucking 88! And you’re gonna give me one fucking minute? You’ve got to be kidding me! I’m not fucking Justin Bieber, you motherfuckers!
As the teleprompter flashed that time was now up, Armstrong continued on with his outburst.
It’s hard to believe that The Voice is already back, but we’re not complaining.
The second season of the hit singing competition, which stars Christina Aguilera, Maroon 5‘s Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Cee-Lo Green as judges, only just wrapped in May. With the third season kicking off tonight, here are some exciting new twists you can look forward to.
- Bigger teams: The teams have been increased from 12 up to 16 contestants, which is twice as many as were on the Season 1 teams. The result? Battle rounds AND “knockout rounds.” This is going to be intense.
- Stealing: We’ve all seen this happen: Two amazing contestants go up against each other, their coach rambles on about how much s(he) loves both of them, and said coach eventually has to make the heartbreaking elimination. Now, the other three coaches will have the ability to steal the eliminated contestant and add them to their team. This is sure to cause some drama (and heightened competition between the coaches).
- New mentors: The Voice is all about musical diversity. Last season, we had the opportunity to see contestants of all backgrounds get mentored by the likes of Alanis Morissette, Kelly Clarkson, Lionel Richie and Ne-Yo. This time around, they’ll be working with mentors from completely different genres than their coaches, which is sure to make for some great TV. Offering up their pearls of wisdom will be Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (Team Christina), Mary J. Blige (Team Adam), Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 (Team Cee-Lo), and Michael Bublé (Team Blake).
- More familiar faces: Viewers of the first two seasons may have noticed some singers they already knew, including Dia Frampton of Meg & Dia, Juliet Simms of Automatic Loveletter, and singer-songwriter Charlotte Sometimes. This season, we’ll be seeing former Hey Monday vocalist Cassadee Pope…and maybe even an OurStage artist or two?
- More singing from all contestants: In the past, we’ve gone too long without seeing certain contestants sing, depending on the competition schedule. This season, all current contestants will sing during live shows, so you won’t miss your favorites.
- More Purrfect: We all know that the real breakout star of Season 2 was Purrfect, Cee-Lo’s snow-colored, sour-faced cat. She randomly showed up in his arms about halfway through the competition, and was soon immortalized on his clothing (and on Twitter). Judging from her most recent tweets, the famous feline will be back on Mr. Green’s lap for more vocal warefare this fall.
Season 3 begins with a three-night premiere starting tonight at 8PM EST. Check out a special preview of the blind auditions below!
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Green Day have released another new music video. This one is for their explicit single “Kill The DJ” off their upcoming album ¡Uno!, the first of three albums to come within the next five months (the others respectively titled ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!). The video features all three band members riding motorcycles in the desert and then walking apathetically through a dance club, never breaking character. There’s also a pretty brutal cat fight, which ends with everyone at the club covered in either blood or chocolate syrup. It’s hard to tell. Anyway, tell nearby children to put on their earmuffs, and enjoy!
UPDATE: On that note, Billie Joe Armstrong has lost his voice. According to TMZ, Green Day’s singer was recently rushed to the hospital for a medical problem regarding his throat and/or vocal chords. Because of his condition, the band had to cancel their show in Italy and possibly more, depending on his recovery. Perhaps someone heard their message wrong and tried to kill the Green Day. Zing.
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