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Sorry to hear you're taking an indefinite hiatus from the forum. I know we're already friends on Facebook, so just keep in touch with me man. I like The Monkees too! I wasn't aware you were a fan too lizziebix, we'll have to chat again sometime.
I totally agree that Jason shouldn't have to be any more open about his cancer than he is comfortable with. All I'm trying to say is the intentions between a fan snooping around for information on Billie's marriage and a fan just concerned about Jason's well being aren't the same.
Well, a lot of craziness been going on in my life this year so I haven't really had time to sift through all fan discussion/drama or keep up on all of their Twitter accounts, but all I was saying is I don't see anything wrong with wanting to know how he is. I just don't think you can compare that to someone wanting to know things about Billie's marriage, which I totally agree with you on, is an invasion of privacy.
I agree with a lot of what Pikachu wrote, especially the parts of pre-sales and the ticket ordering process. But there's one small section which I call bullshit on, this below is the fact of the matter:
Being concerned with the status of Jason White's health doesn't make you a "whiny, spoiled kid" or have a "misguided, childish sense of entitlement", it makes you an empathic, caring human being who doesn't think about a member from their favorite band on a superficial level, actually realizing that providing us an entertainment/musical service shouldn't always be their biggest priority in life.
Kerplunk! Not necessarily my favorite Green Day album (that would probably be American Idiot or Nimrod), but I think it is their most underrated. Considering the tiny shoe-string budget it was made on, it is an incredible album. The songs definitely withstand the test of time.
My ideal Green Day setlist would be something like this-
1. Welcome To Paradise
2. Know Your Enemy
4. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
5. !Viva La Gloria!
7. Hitchin’ A Ride
8. Nuclear Family
9. 21 Guns
10. Let Yourself Go
11. The Grouch
13. Brain Stew
14. 409 In Your Coffeemaker
15. Give Me Novacaine
17. When I Come Around
18. The Static Age
19. Worry Rock
20. Geek Stink Breath
21. Coming Clean
22. Carpe Diem
23. Dominated Love Slave
24. Basket Case
25. St. Jimmy
26. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
27. 99 Revolutions
28. Christie Road
30. Jesus Of Suburbia
That's true. But Walmart still had a problem with 21st Century Breakdown enough to refuse to sell it unless it was censored, so Green Day refused to censor it and sell a copy there. I just wish they would have done the same for the trilogy.
During the 21st Century Breakdown era, I was especially happy that they didn't sell the album at Walmart because they refuse to carry uncensored, explicit editions of music albums. Then, by the time of the trilogy I was disappointed because they sold clean editions of those albums, after they had taken such a great stand against censorship with 21st Century Breakdown.
Also, not directly related to Green Day, but still on this topic: I wish the manufacturers would put a sticker on them warning you that you're purchasing the clean edition, just like they do vice-versa with warning stickers on explicit editions. I've accidentally bought clean editions of three CDs in the past (two soundtracks and a Seether album) because there was no warning that I was buying censored versions.
I remember when Green Day were interviewed on the television show Last Call With Carson Daly in 2009, regarding Emily's Army Billie said something along the lines of that they'd have to make their own way as a band without using Billie's name or fame, then a year or two later Billie goes and produces their record with his name credited.
I've seen Green Day twice (both times in Chicago): July 2009 (21st Century Breakdown tour) and March 2013 (99 Revolutions tour). It may be an unpopular opinion, but I enjoyed the 2013 show way more than the 2009 show. They did not seem lackluster on stage at all to me in 2013, I actually thought they were tighter musically that show. When I saw them the first time in 2009 they did nothing off their first two albums 39/Smooth and Kerplunk, where the second time they did. Overall the setlist in 2013 was less-hits oriented and gave more to the hardcore fan. The only songs I wish they would have played in 2013, that they played when I saw them in 2009 were "21 Guns" and "Hitchin' A Ride". Where songs played in 2013 like "When I Come Around", "Letterbomb","Going To Pasalacqua", and "2000 Light Years Away" were all sadly missing when I saw them in 2009.
I didn't really miss the pyro too much, don't get me wrong special effects are awesome and all, but I don't think it's necessary for a band like Green Day to use those them every tour/show, unlike other bands I like including KISS and Nickelback. Green Day started out as a punk band and the songs themselves are well-crafted and stand the test of time without additional bells and whistles.
One more thing, people saying they should go back to playing like they did on the American Idiot tour, I completely disagree and say you're out of your minds. AI tour had the most boring setlists out of their whole career of touring.
Mr. Bungle bassist and Melvins touring bassist Trever Dunn called Billie "a little weasel" and a "rock'n'roll brat throwing a tantrum, going AWOL" after the iHeart Radio Festival rant in Las Vegas in 2012.
Former Guns N' Roses drummer (who played on Use Your Illusion I, most of Use Your Illusion II, and the covers album The Spaghetti Incident?) and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum labelled Green Day as "corporate rock" because they apologized for the Las Vegas rant, as he thought Billie's rant was "the most punk rock thing he has ever done", but also went on to say that he "never really bought that band anyway"
Also, Noel Gallagher of Oasis said Green Day ripped off the song Wonderwall by using the same arrangement for Boulevard Of Broken Dreams and added that "they should have the decency to wait until I am dead before stealing my songs". He also said that Green Day have called themselves "a kick-ass rock 'n' roll band" and he added that "they could not be less kick-ass if they tried"