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Hello all, sorry it's been a long time, but my family and I have had no electricity for 12 days, and we just got it back yesterday thank God!

Well, this entry I should have written a little wile ago because it happened way before any of my Green Day concerts, but ah well. My friend Desiera and I decided to go and wait outside the St James for Billie to come out after his performance as St Jimmy. On this particular night it was very cold out, but it wasn't that crowded thankfully. The police that night had chips on their shoulders let me tell you. They threatened multiple times to get their horses and stomp our heads into the ground; because the people on the left side of the side walk wasn't leaving a walk way for the people to walk threw.

Billie took a long time to come out, I swear my fingers felt like they were about to fall off by the time he came outside. As always, the cast came out first, I got them to sign my poster of course and then we continued to wait until Billie came out about 2 minutes later. As I said before it wasn't a crowded night so my friend and I were going to try and get a picture with him. But, Billie has selective hearing when he comes out to sign, so I was prepared to not get a picture. After he signed my poster I asked " hey Billie, can me and my friend grab a picture with you?" He said, " yeah sure one second." He went around to the other side and signed their stuff, and he came back over as promised. We took the picture, and I thanked him and he said, " no problem, see you soon."

This is the only picture I ever got with him outside the St James and I didn't relies the face he made until I looked at it later, it makes me laugh every time I see it. Thanks Billie, I have this picture on my wall, and it is one of my favorite positions.

E.J Drumer

Story Time Entry 8- The Garden.

After seeing Green Day at Webster Hall, I made sure that I brought tickets for Madison Sq Garden right away. I was excited to see them a second time, and was excited to see Green Day play in a different environment. I had seen the way they work a big crowd in Built In a Bible, and I have never seen a band get chemistry with that many people. I went with my friend Sarah, and my little sister Kara, we sat on the right side of the stage, and a little ways up; but it was decent view.

The band that opened for them.....SUCKED!!!!! I'm sorry, but I'm all for British bands, I mean hey some of the greatest bands are, but this band was a bunch of crap!!!! I couldn't understand what they were saying, the were totally out of time, and the only screams they got were when they mentioned opening for Green Day. :sick:

I could have also sworn that I saw Adrienne in the crowd, but I figured it wasn't her, knowing she is most likely back stage. But I swear they could be twins, both had dreads, both dressed the same, and they also looked very much a like.

Before Green Day was due to come out, the famous Pink Bunny came out to entertain the crowd. He wasn't there when they did the Webster Hall performance ( well not that I can remember). He drank beer, danced around the stage, and got the crowd pumped; he was very funny. :bunny:

Finally Green Day came out and they just killed it again!!! When they play a larger arena Billie just takes each person by their throats and pulls you in, and everyone is shaking their ass to every song. From the moment they stepped on the stage, to the moment they got off the entire time the crowd was on their feet. Billie demanded it, he wanted to make sure everyone was enjoying them selves, and trust me we were. :dance:

Now I don't have a favorite song, as many fans, they all speak to me in different ways. They played a little of everything, something, something old, and some things I haven't heard. I really enjoyed the little extra solo of Drama Queen, I haven't heard it before but I have fallen in love with that song, its just such a sweet song to put in at the end :wub:. I loved that the band had two on courses, they finished the first set about a hour and a 1/2, and we screamed for them to come back out, and they did, and played for at lest another hour; then finally Billie came out with his guitar and played for another 20 minutes.

Below is the set list from that show, if you still haven't seen a Green Day show, OMG it is a show worth seeing, they have honestly put on the best live show I have ever seen!! :thumbsup:

E.J Drumer

Story Time Entry 7- WEBSTER HALL SHOW

My first Green Day show was at Webster Hall, I won the tickets threw a idiot club contest. It was honestly my favorite show I have seen in my life. I loved the small venue, I got so close to the band it was crazy. One great memory was when Billie asked what song to play. I really like the song Hitchen a Ride, love the lyrics, and the bass line in that song is killer, but most like it for a completely different reason. As most of you know, Billie likes to have a little to much fun during that song, so when I said " play hitchen a ride!," everyone in the crowd turned and gave me a look as if to say, " you pervert." :S I wasn't trying to be I just really like the song, guess others don't think that way lol. My favorite highlight of the night is when the band was playing king for a day, Billie was asking the crowd to get down on the floor, and I wasn't doing that because there was a bunch of sticky beer under me. Well, Billie didn't like the fact that I wasn't listening to him so he said, " you, get down, get down, god dammit!" I of course then didn't have a choice and did what he asked. :whistle This is also the same night I got my sisters camera stolen right out of my back pocket, and also the show were Tre threw his drum sticks in the crowd and everyone including me fell backwards. It was just a great show and really wish they would do another show there because it felt like I was seeing Green Day @ Gilmen ST :yay:

E.J Drumer

My sister and I fell in love with the show american idiot so much that we wound up seeing it a total of 8 times. There were times as you know where we would just wait outside to say hello to Billie and the cast. But there were times that my sister Kara couldn't come with me, so I had an idea to shoot some of the cast and Billie saying hi to her. I got most of the main characters to say hello to her, and when Billie came out I asked him to say hi as well. Now, those that have met Billie before can agree with me on this, sometimes Billie goes def and doesn't hear you when you ask him for something; he mostly just signs things and moves on. But truth be told if you are chill and ask him nicely and don't scream in his face he will most likely listen and do what you ask. I am not going to write much about this one because I have the video, so check it out below =].

Rebecca saying hi.

Gerard ( her favorite actor in the play) saying hi

Billie saying hi

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There has been so many times that we have stud outside the St James and its been below freezing temperatures, but one of them really takes the cake. My boy friend at the time Kevin got me tickets to the play as a Christmas gift. We went to go see the show and Billie Joe was playing St Jimmy again so we knew that after the show he was going to be signing play bills after the show. So after the play we went outside and it was freezing cold outside. I swear my hands and feet felt like they were slowly turning to peaces of ice.

Wile waiting I met some nice people so they made the time go by quickly and before I knew it, it was time for Billie to come out. Before he came out though, I had a couple of brats behind me. A mother and her daughter kept trying to push their way in front of me. I wasn't having it because I got there first and maybe if she would have asked me nicely maybe I would have let her go in front, but no she just continued to push. When Billie finally came out the mother said " push that bitch out of the way," and then her daughter punched me in my shoulder and made her way to the front. I was so ready to kick her ass but my better instinct told me to chill out. I reached my hand over and thankfully got him to sign my play bill. Also karma is a bitch, and the girl and he mother didn't get Billie to sign anything....to that mother and her daughter I say haha :dance::bunny:

here's a video from that night.....

at 2:56 you here me say ouch, that's when she punched me,

E.J Drumer

I went saw American Idiot 8 times, 3 times was with the regular cast and 5 times with Billie Joe as St Jimmy. Mostly what would happen every night was, Billie would play his part, we would run out side quickly, go behind the barricades, and then try to get a chance to meet him; and sometimes get lucky and get him to sign something. Well let me ask you, do you all remember a time when there was no barricades, and when it was every person for them self.

Well, this was one of the first times Billie was playing St Jimmy so my friend Robin and I went. The show was awesome but its what happened after the show, that's when things got a bit nuts. We didn't know that Billie was going to be coming out at all, I figured he would go out a back door or something, but no, he came out the main stage door. Like I said before there was no barricades to hold any of the people back so when Billie came out a WAVE of people came out and they quickly covered Billie till the point to were couldn't see him anymore.

My friend and I really wanted to get Billie's autograph but we figured there was no way, the amount of people around Billie was crazy. But then I had and idea, I noticed that there was no one on the right side of Billie. He was about the get into the car, so I ran around the car, almost got hit by a taxi. Adrienne was siting in the back seat and I gave her a quick wave and a smile and she smiled and waved as well. After I said my quick hello to 80 I quickly went to the other side of the car and threw my self over the sea of people and asked " Billie could you please sign this its for my friend and me. " He looked over and said " yeah no problem."

I got out of the sea of people and walked to the other side of the car to catch my breath. 80 rolled down the window and asked, " Hey did he sign it for you?" I couldn't believe she was actually talking to me but I did answer her, " Yeah he did, I nearly killed my self to get it," " yeah I saw that, be careful, I'll see you later." She rolled the window back up and I walked back over to Robin and handed her her signed play bill.

I must say I have 6 Billie Joe signed play bill's but this one hangs proudly because I worked really hard to get it.

E.J Drumer

I thankfully have had a lot of great Green Day memories and this one is one of my favorites as well. For a short time Billie came to NYC and did talk backs at the St James after the play was over. I had already been to one of them already, but I was in the city when this one was going on so I decided to just stop by the theater to check it out to see if I could catch the last few minutes of the play (you can hear the play from the outside if you listen close.)

When the show let out I heard that there was a talk back happening that night so there was no security, and I sort of.......went in with out paying for it lol (hey that's rock and roll.) I was with the usual peeps, my sister Kara, and Olivia. We went in, got our seats we were in the third row and we were the only ones in that row until others came and joined us. Who were those others? Well they were the Armstrong family, with the Becker Boy's Max, and Cole. I found it difficult to control my excitement because there was only 5 seats in between us and them. I really wanted to go and say hi but being from NY we have this thing with celebs, there a time to go up and say hi and I felt that wasn't the time to do it. I thought about it trust me but I figured let them enjoy them selves and I'll admire from a far.

So any way, the talk back started and when the cast came out I got excited of course I was so happy to see all of them again, my two favorites were there, Gerard and Tony Vincent. Then it was Billie's turn to come out and I screamed " I love you Billie Joe!" When I said that Adrienne looked over and laughed.

We enjoyed the talk back, I sadly didn't get to ask my question, but what happened after the talk back, that's what made the night totally awesome.

Billie came out the stage door, thankfully it wasn't that crazy of a crowd that night so he decided to walk down times sq a little bit. Well what to do.....lets follow him of course lol.

No I know what you all are thinking, STALKER! But no we had to go back that way to Penn Station anyway so it wasn't to stalkerish. I did it very sneaky, I walked in front of him instead of behind him trying to make it seem like I wasn't following him. He eventually stopped in front the Hard Rock Cafe. I thought this is my chance to get my very first picture....

(Me)- " Hey Billie, I really hate to bother you, but could I possibly get a picture with you."

(Billie)- " I'm sorry I'm actually trying to get a cab, sorry maybe next time."

I could understand that of course so my family and I went to walk away then......

(Billie)- " Hey wait a sec, I'll take a picture, why not, I'm sorry."

He is such a sweet guy, he really didn't have to do that, but he did. He showed me that night that he really cares for his fans, and I love you for that Billie!<3

E.J Drumer

Well after seeing the play on preview night we had to go back and see it again duhhhhhh lol. So we made sure we got tickets for the actual opening night. Once again I had my sister Kara with me as always, her friend Olivia came, and my friend Robin came with use as well. When we first arrived it was a mad house let me tell you, it was nothing like the preview night. There was press there, a crap load of people and a bunch of different celebrities. One of the high lights of the day was running into my favorite actress Sarah Jessica Parker. We were waiting in line and like I said it was a mad house so people were kind of pushing to get in. I felt someone tap my arm to get passed me and I looked and it was the very talented Sarah Jessica Parker with her young son. " Excuse me sorry didn't mean to push into you," I fores I couldn't believe my eyes that Sarah just said sorry for pushing me, " oh that's ok go ahead," I said, " Oh thank you hun," she said then she went inside. ( And apparently her husband Matt aka Ferris Buller passed by me as well and I totally didn't notice.)

We continued to wait to get inside and we then saw the Jeff, and two Jason's as I call them aka Jason White and Jason Fresse. They were all very nice and I personally didn't ask them to sign anything because they seemed to be in a rush. After the three of them went inside I glanced over and saw the Armstrong family. 80 and the boys looked very sharp, the boys were wearing suite jackets, Adrienne was wearing a black dress with a black jacket. I went over to go say hi but they went behind the rope so I couldn't get to them in time.

Well.....after a few hours of waiting Green Day arrived and I saw only the tops of their heads nothing really to talk about but it was still cool. So my group decided to go inside to get our seats. Once we got inside man that's when the night turned and did a 360. Adrienne and the boys were standing right there in front of us talking to fans. Well I had to go over and talk to her, and a lot happened and I got it all on tape check it out......and remember I was very nervous lol


After all this happened we enjoyed the show for the 2nd time, and wnet out to meet me mom and what she said made my head spin, in a good way. She told me that Billie walked out of the theater with his family and fell into her. Billie said " Oh I'm so sorry, my fault," and my mom said, ' oh no problem let me help you out there Billie." My mom got him back on his feet and he got in the car and left. I thought that was pretty funny, of cource it would be my mom right lol.

Then the band went to their after party, we went down there to see if we could get a chance to say hello to them but they had already gone inside when we arrived witch was fine. That night was very exciting, and another one I wont ever for get. :dance:

E.J Drumer

Preview night of American Idiot…..oh lord lol what a day and night…….Here it goes..... :dance:

So we went not knowing that the band was going to be there, but to our surprise they showed up. My sister, my sister's friend Olivia and myself got so excited, we were on the 2nd floor and looked over and saw the band sitting below us. Billie and Adrienne were walking up to their seats, and the rest of the band were sitting down. Mike turned around and waved to use and Tre also turned and waved. We went back to our seats and enjoyed the show.

When the show ended we went out side and saw everyone standing near the left stage door, (if you have ever been to the St James you know witch door I'm talking about) so we decided to go and see what the fuss was about. Then I saw the top of 80's head and freaked, I ran over to see if I could get a closer look, and by the time I got over their, the band already went in, but I did get a chance to say hi to 80 quick; and she said hi back.

The band went up stairs in the bar next door, and that was the begging of one crazy night of waiting lol. When the band went up stairs at first there was a big crowd outside and we were all yelling for them to come to the window and wave. The cast came to the window first, and if you guys know who Gerard is you know how crazy and funny he is. Gerard came to the window with Tre and they started kissing. We all cheered and laughed, and Gerard mooned use before leaving the window. Billie and Mike came to the window with their wife's and they also waved.

As the night went on we deiced to stay and wait for the band to come down. A lot people left, but Kara, Olivia and my self decided to stay and wait it out; along with a few other people. We hung out with Gerard and Theo when they came down for a smoke break, they were so cool and chill. We didn't hound them with a lot of questions it really was just like a bunch of friends hanging out. He said he would have the band come back to the window and say hi; then they went back up stairs. A few moments later they kept their promise and the band came over again. With use waiting was a girl who had Billie Joe's face tattooed on her arm, and she was hopping he would sign it to make it complete.....Anyway, the girl showed her tat to Billie and Billie responded with showing his photo strip of his wife that is on his right arm. We asked him if he would sign her her arm and he said he would.

here's the video ( I'm for the bad picture but I had to take the video from my old phone and let me tell you that phone was crap, bu every other video it nice bec I now have the I phone lol)

.......So we waited.....

Wile we waited still I saw the Armstrong couple being totally cute, 80 was sitting on Billie's lap the whole night, the two looked totally in love still. I really hope to be in a relationship like theirs some day, they seem to really meant for each other.

So anyway, finally after all that waiting the band started to come down around 2 AM. The first member to come out was Mike and his wife Britney. We said hello to them and asked if he would sign our play bills. He signed them happily and my sister got another chance to talk to him. " Mike I really like your neck-less," Kara said Mike looked down and acted like he had forgotten which one he was wearing lol. Mike said " aw thanks, my wife picked it out for me, I love it." He smiled and got into the car with his wife and left.

Tre came down next and what went down when Tre came was a little crazy. His security shoved Olivia and me really hard and Tre saw the whole thing and didn't like it. " Hey go easy on those girls, their not going to hurt me take it easy," Tre said, He smiled over and me and I smiled back and said " thanks Tre!," he said " no problem have a nice night girls." Tre didn't sign anything of mine but that was fine because, him sticking up for me was just awesome.

Billie was the last one to come down and let me tell you he was piss drunk. He stayed for a few, and signed a few things and had a smoke with us. He didn't sign anything of mine that night but ehh not a big deal, just seeing him that night was enough.

That night was crazy and I loved it. Might not have gotten all of them to sign my play bill but it was still a great night.


E.J Drumer

Story Time Entry 1

I am not writing this to brag or anything, I am just writing this to share with everyone my good times, and also to remember the good times. These were honestly the best times in my life. I don’t care how many times i meet them or what happens in my life I will never, ever forget my Green Day moments.<3

ok here goes nothing

deep breath, and go, btw these aren’t in order just as the pop in my head.

Who can forget the meet and greet in NYC, oh lord, that is a good one. From waiting for hours, to meeting 80 for the first time. Sarah not being able to breath….Kara meeting mike and telling her he liked her green day nail polish and my hug from Billie that day was just to incredible. I would be here for hours talking about that day. That was the best day of my life, and I will never forget that day thanks guys<3

I heard about the signing threw the internet and the moment I heard it I was all set on getting to meet my favorite band in the whole world. My sister, my dad, and myself left the house at 5:00 AM in the morning and headed to the city. I got nervous because people already started lining up the night before, so we weren't sure if we were going to get a wrist band. Luckily we made it and we got out wrist bands and headed back home. We listened to 20th Century Breakdown and loved it of course, and I got a email from the idiot club. They told me I won the contest to see Green Day live at Webster Hall, OMG I was freaking out this was turning out the be the best day ever.

So later that night I went back with my mom, my sister, and my friend Sarah to go and meet the band. We waited on line witched seemed like forever let me tell u. We did meet cool people that made the time go much faster. Wile waiting on line I saw Billie's wife Adrienne come by the window, I was the only one on line who knew who she was. I gave her a small wave and returned with a huge smile and a even bigger wave and mouthed the words " hi how are you." I smiled and mouthed " I'm good thanks," and she said she had to go.

When we went to go inside I was so nervous, the first of the three that I saw was Tre, I waved to him and he waved back and I turned beat red. We waited on line a little more and I made my self go last because I was freaking out to much. We saw 80 once again and she was so sweet. She said " well hello again," I smiled and said hello back. " Are you guys excited?" 80 said. I replayed with " Oh yes I am so nervous." "Oh don't be nervous," ( like I couldn't be lol). I said by to her because it was my turn, I took a deep breath and went to meet my favorite band.

Mike was up first, my sister love Mike, so I made sure she got her $$'s worth lol, jking. " Hi Mike, this is my sister Kara she loves you to death," I said. He looked up and said, " Ah thanks, I love her to," he shook my sisters hand and mine and let me tell you that man has some firm hand shake. When he shook my sisters hand he looked at her green nail polish and said to Billie, " oh dude check it out shes rocking the Green Day nail polish, that's awesome "

When it came to Billie I was already in tears from meeting Mike. I got up to Billie, and handed him my CD. I expected him to just say hi, sign it and to move on but no. He signed my CD, put down the marker and looked up at me and said, " Hi, how are you, whats your name." Now I don't know how many of you have met Billie Joe Armstrong, but let me tell you if you look to deeply you could fin your self getting lost in his eyes, and I almost did just that. It took me a second to realize what he had asked and snapped my self back into reality. " I'm good, my name it Erin, and I love you so much, you have no idea." Billie said back, " aw I love you to," he smiled big. I then went for it, might as well might never see him ever again, I got up the nerve to ask him for a hug. Now I thought he would just say yes and just hug me, but what actually happened was just wow. He looked up at me and said, " of course you can sweetie," he shot up like a jack in the box, and hugged me real tight. He smelled so good, and I never wanted it to end, ( well I kind of had to end it his wife was right there lol jking). I said good bye and thanked him and moved to Mr, Tre Cool

Tre looked up and said hello, and I didn't known what to say to him but this is what came out. " Hey Tre I'm a drummer to." He smiled and said, " oh that's awesome totally cool, ummm Mike didn't draw the devil horns on you CD. Mike how could you." I laughed along with him, " You know sense he forgot to draw that I'll draw drum sticks in Christens hand ok?" I said, " Of course that's cool." He handed me my CD and I said my good byes.

That experience was unbelievable I will never forget anything about that night, I will always carry that with me.

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