by Robert Wilkinson
Today we celebrate one of the great musical forces in our world, Aquarian Billie Joe Armstrong, the stellar frontman for Green Day. Able to draw the attention of millions around the world, he's been a great voice challenging the norms of the Bush era in his own blunt, uncompromising way. Today I have a large number of great videos.
In case you've been on one of the Moons of Neptune over the past 20 years, I should explain that Green Day blazed forth during the so-called "grunge" alternative rock movement of the mid-1980s. The band stormed out of Berserkeley to global popularity and influence through its uncompromising brand of neo-punk rock that forced the suits to sit up and take note. The core of the band features Billie Joe Armstrong, Taurus Mike Dirnt, and Sagittarian Tre Cool, and together they can rock any venue to the max!
And now, on with the shew. I've found early, middle, and recent performances, so enjoy the many faces of Billie Joe Armstrong! We begin today's party with a basket full of their classic tunes, all great videos of Green Day live. Unfortunately some require a bit of buffering time before hitting play, but hang in there. It's worth the wait!
Here's one of their best! From the Bizarre-Festival Weeze,2001, a great version of "Good Riddance (the Time of your Life)." Here's another version of "Good Riddance" from Melbourne, Australia, in 2005, with one from French TV in 1995 at this link, with still another version from Barcelona in 2000.
Their more recent material features some magnificent live performances. We now groove into several versions of my favorite Green Day song, "Holiday." Written as an in-your-face challenge to the Bush War Criminal administration, Billie makes it clear that "This song is not anti-American. It's anti-WAR!"
This version is magnificent. From the Billboard Awards ceremony, "Holiday." We have another great performance of Holiday from Berlin MTV 2005, while this one is live in the studio. Here's an extraordinary performance via Top of the Pops, but it's cut short and there's some lyrics blocking due to British censors not liking certain words. Very surreal given the theme of the song.
I found some rare performances from early in their career. Here's a very early three part live performance at the Paint Factory in 1989. Here's Part 1. Here's Part 2 (let this buffer for a short time) and here's Part 3.
An interesting Live Audio 1990 performance that features fragments of several early songs set to still photos.
And if you still want more, here's the official Green Day You Tube channel where I'm sure you can get dialed in to what's up with this amazing group.
Happy 37, Billie Joe. Given where Jupiter and the rest of the stellium in Aquarius are hanging out in your Solar Return, a new inspiration is on the way and whatever new plans you make should turn out great, so prepare to blaze even brighter in the coming year!
© Copyright 2009 Robert Wilkinson