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Green Day cancels Burbank show it never officially announced

Billie Joe Armstrong
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong has been hyping a free rock 'n' roll "sex party" since June 13, but not everyone, apparently, agreed with the singer's declaration on Twitter that "chaos=love." And now, the planned, not-so-secret show, one for which the band never revealed a date or location, has been preemptively canceled by the group. 

While minimal details were unveiled, the show was, according to a cancellation notice, going to be "massive." A representative from the city of Burbank tells Pop & Hiss that Green Day was looking to stage a concert on the streets near its record label, Warner Bros. Records.

"Initially," said Joy Forbes, Burbank's deputy city manager, "they said it was for Warner Bros. employees and some friends and family. The original request was for a private event." 

The band applied for a street use permit, but Armstrong's very-public tweets raised some eyebrows, as suddenly the concert was looking to be not-so-private. With Warner Bros. Records adjacent to a residential community, the city expressed its concerns.

Forbes said the city was ready to welcome Green Day with open arms, and suggested other locations as a compromise. The outdoor amphitheater the Starlight Bowl was suggested, as was Johnny Carson Park.

Either location would have eased fire and police concerns, and could have each accommodated around 5,000 or so guests. Forbes said the city was told that the more traditional venues were not what the band was looking for. 

As late as June 17, Armstrong tweeted, "The not so secret show in LA area will be some time this week." Earlier, the artist teased the show as one in which fans could bring their own booze, and he joked that clothing was optional.

The band's official statement read that "permits needed for the show were denied by the city due to crowd control issues.The anticipated turnout was well into the thousands, and after monitoring the situation, fears were the number would dramatically swell and pose serious concern for safety of concert-goers once the location was made public."

Forbes said the band's statement was "fair," and expressed regret that all parties couldn't agree on an alternate location. The first of Green Day's three new albums, ¡Uno!," is due Sept. 25. 

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 Image: Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Green Day teases L.A. show, releases Clash-influenced snippet

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Once a punk band goes Broadway, there are a couple of easy options. One, just embrace it and go bigger, with choirs on every song, an album full of mini-suites and strings, strings everywhere. The other option is dial it back, strip it down and return to punk rock basics. Long before Green Day took "American Idiot" to Broadway, London's the Clash had a Broadway stint itself, ultimately performing 17 gigs at Bond's International Casino in the spring of 1981.

Green Day today released what appears to be a sly little nod to punk rock history, posting about 30 seconds of a new song, of which the video is below, that brings in bits of "This Is Radio Clash" as well as the Clash's "Magnificent Seven." The former is heard in the staccato rhythm that opens the song, and the latter is heard in the way the Green Day song re-appropriates the Clash's bass-driven "Magnificent Seven" melody. 

Or maybe it's all just a coincidence. After all, drawing any conclusions based on 30 seconds of a song is a little ridiculous anyway, but that's what we bloggers do. 

Yet Green Day fans in L.A. may be lucky enough to get a full reveal of the band's upcoming three albums -- "¡Uno!," "¡Dos!" and "¡Tre!" -- at what will be a not-entirely-secret local gig. Just as the band unfurled "21st Century Breakdown" with a small Hollywood gig in 2009, Green Day vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong  unveiled on Twitter that the band would be hosting a "rock 'n' roll sex party show" soon in our fair city. Few other hints were dropped, other than Armstrong's declaration that you could bring your own booze.

And for anyone who blanched at the three-figure prices to see "American Idiot" on Broadway, you'll be pleased to know that Armstrong said this show will be free. The first of Green Day's three new albums, ¡Uno!," isn't due until Sept. 25. Watch the teaser below, which also appears to offer a preview of new song titles:

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Guns N' Roses reunites minus Axl Rose for Hall of Fame induction

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Axl Rose kept his promise to boycott Saturday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, but his former bandmates decided the Guns N’ Roses show must go on without him, gratefully accepting their statuettes before playing several vintage GNR songs with singer Myles Kennedy handling the vocals.

Kennedy, the singer in guitarist Slash’s current solo project and lead vocalist for Alter Bridge, stepped in to round out the lineup that also included bassist Duff McKagan, drummers Steven Adler and Matt Sorum, and guitarist Gilby Clarke in three songs from GNR’s 1987 debut album “Appetite for Destruction.”

Rose’s name drew choruses of boos and catcalls from the audience of about 7,400 at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium, where the ceremony took place. But Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong, who delivered the GNR introduction speech, shot back: “Shut up. He was the greatest frontman to ever step in front of a microphone.” He paused, then added: "But he is ... crazy. And I can vouch for that."

PHOTOS: 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

McKagan took a diplomatic tack to diffuse fans’ disappointment, saying, “I don’t think it matters who’s up here tonight, because this is about the songs that band created.” They offered up “Mr. Brownstone,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Paradise City” from “Appetite,” which Armstrong lauded as “the greatest debut album in rock 'n' roll history.”

It was, however, comedian Chris Rock, during his introductory speech for GNR’s fellow L.A. inductees, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who provided what perhaps was the most salient point of the evening regarding Rose.

“A lot of people are disappointed that Axl Rose isn’t here,” said Rock as the ceremony stretched toward the 1 a.m. mark for the Chili Peppers’ performance. “But let’s face it, even if he was going to be here, he still wouldn’t be here yet.”

The Chili Peppers closed the show with an all-star jam including Slash, Faces (and Rolling Stones) guitarist Ron Wood, Armstrong and the funk pioneer hailed by both bassist Flea and singer Anthony Kiedis during their acceptance remarks, George Clinton.

(For the Record: An earlier edition of this post referred to Ron Wood as "Faces (and former Rolling Stones) guitarist. He still is a member of the Rolling Stones.)

Flea, nearly in tears at the end of their extended-jam version of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground,” told the crowd, “I love the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

A full report on the evening, which also welcomed new Hall of Fame members the Beastie Boys, Donovan, the Small Faces and Faces, and Laura Nyro, will appear in Monday’s Calendar section.

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Photo: Guns N' Roses members Gilby Clarke, Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan, Slash and Steven Adler attend Saturday's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Credit: Michael Locciano / Getty Images

Green Day to unleash a trilogy: '¡Uno!,' '¡Dos!' and '¡Tre!'

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Give rock 'n' rollers a taste of Broadway and their dramatic ambitions will never cease. West Coast punk rock band Green Day on Wednesday announced that it will be releasing a trio of albums, beginning later this year. The first is due in September, according to a tweet from frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. A spokesman for the band confirmed that the news is no joke. 

The full tweet from Armstrong is as follows: "Ok. Here's the deal. We're making a 3 album trilogy. Not 1. Not 2. But 3 albums. Called ¡UNO! ¡DOS! ¡TRE! Coming September November January."

No further details were immediately available, and thus it was unknown whether the language and punctuation hinted at a Spanish-language influence creeping into Green Day's increasingly theatrical rock 'n' roll. A spokesperson did, however, confirm that the third album, "Tre," would not, in fact, be a solo effort from Green Day drummer Tre Cool. 

Armstrong had earlier announced that the band had entered the studio around Valentine's Day of this year. Currently, the musical inspired by the act's "American Idiot" is stationed in Los Angeles, and can be seen at the Ahmanson Theatre through April 22.

Green Day is no stranger to thematically connected works. While the songs of "American Idiot" touch on religion, politics and suburban emptiness, 2009's "21st Century Breakdown" took the concept album to an even greater extreme. The album was a multi-act cycle centered largely on two characters -- one rebel and one idealist. Musically, the album showed Armstrong more adeptly using a falsetto, and unveiled a more versatile-than-ever Green Day, as the band toned down some of the aggression for flashes of John Lennon-inspired pop.  

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Green Day to play secret benefit show Thursday at Costa Mesa's Tiki Bar

Green Day to play a secret benefit show Thursday at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa on Thursday
Orange County is getting a huge helping of pop-punk star power in a very tiny place this week, thanks to Green Day. On Wednesday, the chart-topping three piece announced that it would be playing a "secret" (not anymore) show at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa on Thursday. According to a midday press release, the venue will open at 8 p.m., and tickets will be available at the door for $20, cash only.

The release states that there will be no presales and a strict no-camera and no-cellphone policy. All proceeds will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a national nonprofit dedicated to controlling and curing the disease and improving the quality of life for those with CF.

Green Day performs Thursday at the Tiki Bar, 1700 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa. (949) 270-6262, www.tikibaroc.com. $20 at the door. 21+

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Photo: Green Day, from left, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool, at the 52nd annual Grammy  Awards in 2010 at Staples Center. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times.

Glen Campbell has Alzheimer's, plans for final album and farewell tour

Photo of Glen Campbell in 2004. Credit: Sherrie Busby / For The Times. Glen Campbell has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the 75-year-old country singer, songwriter and guitarist and his wife, Kim, have told People magazine, a condition that has prompted him to describe a new album coming in August as his final recording.

"Glen is still an awesome guitar player and singer," Kim said in the interview. "But if he flubs a lyric or gets confused onstage, I wouldn’t want people to think, 'What's the matter with him? Is he drunk?' "

Campbell is planning a series of concerts this fall in support of the album, “Ghost on the Canvas,” due Aug. 30. He is working again with producer Julian Raymond, who helped rejuvenate Campbell’s career in 2008 on “Meet Glen Campbell,” a collection of surprising song choices including Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” the Velvet Underground’s “Jesus,”  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ “Walls” and the Replacements'  “Sadly Beautiful.”

Shortly after that album was released, Campbell told The Times: "I'd like to see it go up the charts, go platinum and win the Grammy," he said. "Then I'd retire."

Instead, he returned to the studio with Raymond, who again applies Campbell’s signature homespun vocals and guitar work to songs by the Replacements’ Paul Westerberg, Jakob Dylan, Teddy Thompson and Robert Pollard as well as to some original material that Campbell and Raymond wrote together.

Dylan, in fact, cited Campbell as the catalyst for his latest album, “Women + Country,” produced by T Bone Burnett, because when Burnett asked him to hear some of his new songs, the only thing he had to offer was “Nothing But the Whole Wide World,”  which he had written, at Raymond’s request, with Campbell in mind. “That’s how it began, so thank you, Glen Campbell,” Dylan told The Times last year.

The list of musical guests on "Ghosts on the Canvas" includes Chris Isaak, Dick Dale, Billy Corgan, Brian Setzer, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen and the Dandy Warhols.

The singer plans to undertake what he’s calling the Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour upon the album’s release. The itinerary is still to be announced.

Campbell’s career stretches over five decades from his early years as a session guitarist in Los Angeles when he played on recordings by Phil Spector, the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and many others, to his success as a solo artist with such hits as “Gentle on My Mind," “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Galveston” and “Rhinestone Cowboy,” to his years hosting the CBS-TV show “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” and a side career as an actor in the original film version of “True Grit,” in which he appeared alongside star John Wayne. His personal life took a downturn in 2004, when he spent 10 days in jail in Arizona for extreme drunken driving.

“I still love making music,” Campbell told People. “And I still love performing for my fans.  I’d like to thank them for sticking with me through thick and thin.”

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Photo of Glen Campbell in 2004. Credit: Sherrie Busby / For The Times.

Driving Mr. Rotten: John Lydon cruises L.A., slams Green Day, takes credit for Lady Gaga

Johnny Rotten has lived in Los Angeles for the last two decades, and for a time considered his post-Sex Pistols project Public Image Ltd to be an L.A. band, he told The Times recently when he loaded into the passenger side of an old Volvo to get ferried to a video interview downtown. If any of that information is news to you, the video above will perhaps serve you well. In it, Lydon, whose work with the aforementioned two bands transformed rock music in myriad ways over the course of the 1970s and '80s, is his typically acerbic self.

The punk archetype, who turns 55 on Monday, pulled no punches over the course of two hours in the car and at The Times building, especially when the subject of the current breed of punk bands came up. Specifically, Green Day, whose music Rotten apparently dislikes.

Said Lydon when asked about his inheritors: "Many of the punk bands are cop-outs and imitators and have made it easy for the likes of Green Peace -- Green Day, who I hate. I really ... I can’t stand them. To me, they’re like coat hangers, and haven’t earned the right, they haven’t earned the wings, to be wearing the mantle of punk. They haven’t had to go through the violence, and the hate, and the animosity that us chaps way back when had to put up with. We had to fight for every single footstep."

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Melissa Etheridge to play St. Jimmy in 'American Idiot' on Broadway

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Rocker Melissa Etheridge will jump into the role of St. Jimmy in the Broadway production of Green Day’s “American Idiot” for the first week of February, the show’s producers announced Tuesday. She’ll take over for Green Day frontman and songwriter Billie Joe Armstrong, who has been playing the character for a 50-performance limited engagement.

“Billie Joe and I always believed that it would be incredible to have a woman take on the role of St. Jimmy,” said the show’s director, Michael Mayer. “This character is seductive, thrilling and dangerous.  Melissa Etheridge is all that and so much more.”

The singer, songwriter and guitarist will appear in performances Feb. 1-6, after which Armstrong will resume the role Feb. 10 and continue his remaining performances through Feb. 27.

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Photo: Melissa Etheridge in 2005. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Is Billie Joe Armstrong in 'American Idiot' a Broadway star in the making?

Pop & Hiss had a case of New York-envy this week, when Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, a California boy, no less, had a brief stay on Broadway. Armstrong, filling in for star Tony Vincent, took over this week the role of drug-pushing evil-doer St. Jimmy in "American Idiot," the theatrical production inspired by the 2004 Green Day album of the same name. Times staffer Pamela Wilson, however, made the cross-country trip, and filed this guest post for Pop & Hiss on her reactions to Armstrong's jump to Broadway.

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Billie Joe Armstrong is not a large man, but he knows how to fill up a stage.

Birthed in punk, the Green Day frontman has become a fine rock 'n' roll showman. Still, he's no doubt an artist more used to holding an audience of 20,000 in the palm of his hand than interacting with a cast of professional actors. But on Wednesday night on the stage of the St. James Theatre in New York, he seemed more than comfortable on Broadway, coming off like a pocket-pistol Ethel Merman.

Filling in for regular scene-stealer Tony Vincent as St. Jimmy in "American Idiot," Armstrong had no problem remembering the lyrics, seeing as how he wrote them. As the drug-pushing alter ego of the main character, Johnny, played by Tony-winner John Gallagher Jr., Armstrong did all the choreography and stage business required for the part, including stripping off his shirt and carving a bloody heart into his chest before shooting himself in the head with a toy gun. "Bang!"

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Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong: 'American Idiot's' newest Broadway belter

Green Day completed the jump from Berkeley to Broadway earlier this year when the musical inspired by the act's blockbuster 2004 album, "American Idiot," officially opened at the St. James Theatre in April. Now, Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Amrstrong will spend time off next week from his punk rock bandmates singing and emoting on the Broadway stage, temporarily stepping in for Tony Vincent to assume the role of St. Jimmy.  

Armstrong will appear in the musical Tuesday through Oct. 3, and then will join his band on tour in South America. Vincent will return to the production Oct. 12, having to briefly leave "American Idiot" for what a press release distributed today described as a "personal family matter." Following Armstrong's short run, understudies Joshua Kobak and Andrew Call will fill in for Vincent until he returns. 

In St. Jimmy, Armstrong will take on a pivotal role in the musical. Though not the ensemble cast's lead, which belongs to John Gallagher Jr.'s Johnny, St. Jimmy is the musical's drug pusher and all-around bad dude, sending the suburban-raised Johnny into a drug-addled spiral of nowhereness and empty relationships. By taking on the role of St. Jimmy, the good news for Armstrong -- and perhaps the bad news to audience members -- is that the rock star won't have to partake in any of the show's major simulated love scenes. But look for Armstrong to tackle moments of "Know Your Enemy" and "Last Night on Earth."

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