Thursday, March 31, 2011

30 Day Song Challenge, Day 2

Day 2 - Your Least Favorite Song (so many to choose from!)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

American Idiot on Broadway

At the end of February I went with Ross and Kristy for a whirlwind 17-hour New York City adventure for the sole purpose of seeing American Idiot on Broadway at the St. James Theater. Kristy bought the tickets when it was announced that Billie Joe Armstrong would be reprising his role as St. Jimmy. Kristy's cat is named St. Jimmy. So basically, there's a little Green Day love in this group...

I had no intention of ever seeing it for the main reason that I love great covers, but I've never heard a Green Day I enjoyed. I think New Found Glory once attempted a Green Day cover set at the Hoodwink Festival and I may have cried when I watched the videos. BUT, because Billie Joe would be singing (some) of the songs, I decided it was tolerable, and that if this "musical" was really out there in the world, I'd be happy to have seen it and know what it looked it.
The story line is basically what the album version is, just laid out with a tiny bit of dialogue and a few extra songs. Every song from American Idiot is in the play in addition to "Favorite Son," "Too Much Too Soon," "21 Guns," "Before The Lobotomy," "Last Night on Earth," and "Time of Your Life." I have to say that the band did a pretty good job. The guy who played the piano or keyboard parts was a little too excited for my liking. You're playing a keyboard dude. Just shut the hell up and stroke the keys, seriously.

The set was pretty rad. Previously I've enjoyed sets more than the actual play, see: Ragtime. But this set was pretty cool with a wall of tvs and creative props that came flying in and out. I think they did a really good job of framing the story.

Billie Joe Armstrong could probably land gigs left and right on broadway if he wanted. As the angsty teenager version of himself, no way, but as the well rounded, musically talented, confident person he's become, he's quite good at performing. We've seen that time and time again when he can control a crowd of 20,000+ people. It seemed like a natural fit, him wanting to perform and eye-liner being involved.

As as a Green Day fan, I think it was great. Had I seen the show and the role of St. Jimmy was played by Melissa Etheridge, I would have thrown glass bottles and demanded my money back. Additionally, I think I would have been less pleased if it was just the original cast - all of whom were fantastic, just probably not for me in this particular instance.

30 Day Song Challenge

I saw this on facebook, but am not that narcissistic that I think everyone in FB land should have to see a daily post for 30 days about my musical whatevers.... HOWEVER, you see this by choice, so I'll do it here!

The Layout of this "challenge" is as follows:
day 01 - your favorite song
day 02 - your least favorite song
day 03 - a song that makes you happy
day 04 - a song that makes you sad
day 05 - a song that reminds you of someone
day 06 - a song that reminds you of somewhere
day 07 - a song that reminds you of a certain event
day 08 - a song that you know all the words to
day 09 - a song that you can dance to
day 10 - a song that makes you fall asleep
day 11 - a song from your favorite band
day 12 - a song from a band you hate
day 13 - a song that is a guilty pleasure
day 14 - a song that no one would expect you to love
day 15 - a song that describes you
day 16 - a song that you used to love but now hate
day 17 - a song that you hear often on the radio
day 18 - a song that you wish you heard on the radio
day 19 - a song from your favorite album
day 20 - a song that you listen to when you’re angry
day 21 - a song that you listen to when you’re happy
day 22 - a song that you listen to when you’re sad
day 23 - a song that you want to play at your wedding
day 24 - a song that you want to play at your funeral
day 25 - a song that makes you laugh
day 26 - a song that you can play on an instrument
day 27 - a song that you wish you could play
day 28 - a song that makes you feel guilty
day 29 - a song from your childhood
day 30 - your favorite song at this time last year

So I will now go for Day 1 - Your Favorite Song