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9 Rock Bands That Still Have Their Original Members

October 11th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
U2
It is a true musical rarity when a band can withstand the pressures of touring, internal struggles and outside pressures and stay an entity for an extended period of time. Only a handful of bands can say that they are still as tight of a unit many years after their humble beginnings until today. Many have replaced members but find that their sound just can't be replicated with anyone else, and so back to their original lineup they go.

1. ZZ Top

It was way back in 1969 when the bearded front men of Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill burst onto the music scene as ZZ Top, along with beardless dr...
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2015 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominations Include Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Lou Reed And More

October 9th, 2014 10:09am EDT
2015 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominations Include Green Day, N
The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations have been announced and once again, the eclectic group of musicians is not without its dark horses.

Making the cutoff just before the 25 year mark, both Green Day and Nine Inch Nails were nominated. The debut albums for both artists were in 1989. Green Day's debut EP "1,000 Hours" came out in April 1989, and Nine Inch Nails’ first album "Pretty Hate Machine" was released in October of 1989.

Also in the running for a prestigious spot in the Rock Hall are N.W.A, The Smiths, Lou Reed and Sting, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, Chic, ...
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Green Day To Release Skateboard Line To Raise Money For Children's Hospital

May 14th, 2013 6:16pm EDT
Green Day
Green Day have joined forces with a skateboard company to create a line of boards inspired by the band's latest multi-album release to raise money for charity.

The punk rockers have teamed up with Real Skateboards, one of the biggest board companies in the country to benefit the Children's Hospital & Research Center in Oakland, California, where the sister of frontman Billie Joe Armstrong works.

Real Skateboards co-founder Jim Thiebaud is a long-time friend of Armstrong and collaborated with the band on the custom boards, which feature designs mimicking the graphics for their Uno!, Dos!...
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Billie Joe Armstrong Calls Korean Pop Star PSY The 'Herpes Of Music'

May 9th, 2013 11:25am EDT
Billie Joe Armstrong
Billie Joe Armstrong has given his opinion on Korean pop sensation PSY, calling the singer the "herpes of music."

The "Gangnam Style" singer was busy taking over the music charts last year while Armstrong was fighting substance abuse issues, and when PSY released second single "Gentlemen" earlier this year, it prompted a response from the Green Day frontman.

"This dude is the herpes of music," the punk rocker wrote on his Instagram page. "Once you think it's gone, it comes back. #herpes #flareup #pleasegoaway."

No one's ever said anything like that about Green Day.

One might think that ...
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Green Day Announces 2013 Tour Dates Following Armstrong's Stint In Rehab

January 2nd, 2013 8:48am EST
Green Day
After a tumultous autumn for frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day is getting ready to tour again.

In October, the group was forced to cancel gigs after Armstrong checked into a clinic following a festival in Las Vegas. The singer checked into a treatment facility for substance abuse following a breakdown at the iHeart Radio Music Festival.

During the event Armstrong took offense to a time warning towards the end of his set and stormed offstage after accusing concert organizers of disrespecting him. He raged, "I'm not f**king Justin Bieber, you motherf**kers! You've gotta be f**king ...
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Metallica Pays Tribute To Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong At Voodoo Fest

October 29th, 2012 12:31pm EDT
Metallica
Metallica dedicated a song to embattled Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong during their headlining set at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience festival on Saturday after stepping in as last-minute replacements for the 21 Guns hitmakers.

Green Day were forced to pull out of the New Orleans, Louisiana event last month after Armstrong checked into rehab to address substance abuse issues following an onstage breakdown at the iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas.

Metallica were called in to fill the slot and they delivered a high-energy two hour set, opening with Hit the Lights and Mast...
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Green Day Axe Upcoming Tour Dates

October 29th, 2012 12:27pm EDT
Green Day
Green Day have canceled the remainder of their 2012 appearances and postponed their 2013 tour to allow frontman Billie Joe Armstrong to deal with his personal problems following his stint in rehab.

The singer checked into a treatment facility for substance abuse last month following an onstage breakdown at the iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas.

The American Idiot hit-makers pulled out of appearing at this weekend's Voodoo Music + Arts Experience festival in New Orleans, Louisiana, and now they have announced they are scrapping all of their upcoming shows so Armstrong can focus on h...
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Green Day Cancels Voodoo Festival Show In New Orleans

October 10th, 2012 10:44am EDT
Green Day
The headliners of the Voodoo Music Festival, multi-Grammy winning punk rock band Green Day, have pulled out of the show, leaving many fans disappointed. The band, consisting of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Tre Cool and Jason White, were supposed to perform at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience on Oct. 27 at City Park in New Orleans.

“We, like everyone, were looking forward to having Green Day back at Voodoo,” says Stephen Rehage, the founder/producer of VOODOO. “Their 2004 performance was one of the festival’s greatest. We are obviously disappointed in the news, but realize the health...
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Billie Joe Armstrong Checks Into Rehab After Festival Meltdown

September 24th, 2012 8:28am EDT
Billie Joe Armstrong
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has checked into a treatment facility for substance abuse a day after trashing equipment and hurling abuse at promoters during what appeared to be a public meltdown at a show in Las Vegas.

The rocker and his band mates were performing at the iHeart Radio Music Festival on Saturday when Armstrong took offense to a time warning towards the end of his set, storming offstage after accusing concert organizers of disrespecting him.

He raged, "I'm not f**king Justin Bieber, you motherf**kers! You've gotta be f**king joking. This is a f**king joke."

The...
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Green Day Gives iHeartRadio Fans Classic Rant And Smashing Guitar Scene (Video)

September 23rd, 2012 7:43am EDT
Billy Joe Armstrong
Day two of the iHeartRadio Fest taking place in Las Vegas highlight appeared to be a frustrated Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day. The band was about to debut a song from their new album, when a teleprompter from concert officials said they had “one minute” left.

The band stopped playing and Armstrong gave iHeartRadio officials a piece of his mind. "I'm going to play a f---ing new song," he said. "F--- this sh--. Gimme a f---ing break. One minute left. One minute f---ing left. You're going to give me one minute," ranted Armstrong.

Armstrong went on, "I'm not Justin Bieber, you motherf*cker...
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2012 MTV VMAs Fashion - Rihanna's New 'Do, Miley's Plunging Neckline & More (Pics)

September 7th, 2012 12:48pm EDT
Rihanna, Miley and Demi
Rihanna showed off a new pixie haircut on the red carpet at Thursday night's MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) and Miley Cyrus took the plunge in another cleavage-baring gown.

Nicki Minaj looked like an arachnid, with a very black widow-like black and red dress; Katy Perry dazzled in a see-through black gown with a blue and red floral print.

Rapper Wiz Khalifa and fiancee Amber Rose announced their pregnancy by showing off her big belly; Alicia Keys opted for the Angelina Jolie Oscars look, showing off one leg through the slit in her dress; and Hollywood made its presence with stars Emma Wats...
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Billie Joe Armstrong Leaves Italian Hospital Without Voice

September 4th, 2012 3:13pm EDT
Billie  Joe Armstrong
Billie Joe Armstrong had to cancel a Green Day gig to be rushed to a hospital, and the particular health scare has yet to be revealed. However, when the singer arrived in the US today, he was speechless.

In a video posted on TMZ.com, Armstrong seems in okay health while walking out of the airport, but motions to his throat when he's asked questions by the surrounding press. He appeared to mouth "my voice is gone," before leaving.

Italian publication La Voce also reports some fans caused problems at the hospital by attempting to visit Armstrong.

Green Day has profusely apologized for the...
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Billie Joe Armstrong Released From Italian Hospital

September 4th, 2012 8:18am EDT
Billie Joe Armstrong
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has reportedly been discharged from the hospital after canceling a show in Italy on Sunday night due to illness.

The rocker was admitted to the Hospital Maggiore in Bologna suffering a mystery ailment and the band was forced to scrap a planned show in the city on Sunday.

No official details about his condition have been released, but local reports suggest the star was suffering gastric problems and discharged himself from the hospital on Monday.

Italian publication La Voce also reports some fans caused problems at the hospital by attempting to v...
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Billy Joe Armstrong Hints At Surprise Green Day Performance At U.K. Festival

August 22nd, 2012 9:12pm EDT
Billie Joe Armstrong
Rockers Green Day have fuelled rumors they will play a surprise set at Britain's upcoming Reading Festival after frontman Billie Joe Armstrong posted a cryptic message on Twitter.com.

Fans have been speculating about whether the American Idiot hitmakers, who are currently in the U.K. as part of their world tour, would make an unannounced appearance at the annual summer music event, and Armstrong appeared to confirm the suspicions when he took to the social networking site on Wednesday.

Teasing followers, he wrote, "Hello England! What rhymes with shredding??!!"

However, the tweet was has...
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Green Day Teams Up With 'Angry Birds' To Promote New Song

August 21st, 2012 2:32pm EDT
Green Day
Rockers Green Day have given gamers exclusive access to their new song Troublemaker by teaming up with Angry Birds developers to release the track.

The American Idiot hit-makers partnered with executives behind the popular strategy game, which sees a flock of birds trying to retrieve their stolen eggs from a pack of pigs, to create a spin-off version that will enable each user to unlock the group's new tune upon completion of all 10 levels.

Each of the band's members - Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool - have been re-imagined as the game's piggy villains, right down to their...
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Green Day To Release Two New Documentaries

July 10th, 2012 4:28pm EDT
Green Day
Rockers Green Day have given fans a glimpse of their life on stage by shooting two new documentaries.

Filmmakers Tim Lynch and Tim Wheeler have teamed up with the American Idiot hit-makers to film the making of the band's upcoming three albums, Uno!, Dos!, and Tre!, which are set for a staggered release, beginning in September.

The project will feature footage of Green Day performing in clubs and recording new tunes and frontman Billie Joe Armstrong insists the first of the films will be fast-paced and music-based.

He tells Billboard.com, "It's not going to be the sitting down, head s...
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No Shows, Scrapped Performances,Tribute Songs & More At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

April 15th, 2012 10:30am EDT
Beastie Boys
The Beastie Boys were forced to scrap a planned performance at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday night when rapper Adam 'MCA' Yauch pulled out of the event.

The trio was saluted by rap heavyweights Chuck D and LL Cool J but only Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz were on hand to accept the accolade.

Hours before the ceremony the group's publicist released a statement which read: "Beastie Boys regret that Adam 'MCA' Yauch will be unable to join Mike 'Mike D' Diamond and Adam 'Adrock' Horovitz at the band's induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame...
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Happy 40th Birthday, Billie Joe Armstrong!

February 17th, 2012 9:32am EST
Billie Joe Armstrong
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will be spending his 40th birthday in the studio after announcing the band has started work on its follow-up to smash-hit concept album "21st Century Breakdown."

But we can all still raise a toast to the coolest 40-something punk in the business, who hits the landmark age on Friday.

After years of rocking spiky hair and his famous crooked-toothed snarl, Armstrong shows no signs of growing up and becoming part of the establishment - he'll always be an angry young Oakland kid at heart.

He enters his 40s with a promising acting career ahead of him - a...
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Q&A: Meet Punchline's Steve Soboslai

January 31st, 2012 12:05pm EST
Mobbed
Steve Soboslai is a guy your mother would love. I know this because the day I first heard of him, my mother turned to me and said, "Why can't you bring a nice boy like that home?"

Unfortunately for her, he's already got a girlfriend. Steve is known to TV audiences for his recent appearance on FOX's Mobbed, where he enlisted Howie Mandel and a flash mob to profess his feelings to Dana, the woman he loved. With that grand gesture, Steve proved that romance isn't dead.

But as awesome as that was, it's only half of his story. He's also a successful musician, one-fourth of the band Punchli...
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Billie Joe Armstrong Lands Role On 'Nurse Jackie'

January 24th, 2012 10:20pm EST
Billie Joe Armstrong
Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong's theatrical debut in 2010 and 2011 has helped him land a big TV role opposite Edie Falco in Nurse Jackie.

The punk rocker will play a potential love interest for Falco's drug-using medic character in the opening episode of season four, which will air in April, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Armstrong, who turns 40 next month, made his professional acting debut on Broadway in the Green Day musical American Idiot.

He'll join new cast member Rosie Perez on the hit show.
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Rihanna Named Facebook.com's Most-Liked Star Of 2011

December 14th, 2011 8:22am EST
Rihanna
Rihanna has beaten Bob Marley to the top of Facebook.com's most liked list in 2011.

The Umbrella singer was the most sought after celebrity on the social networking site, while We Found Love, her collaboration with DJ Calvin Harris, was the most listened to song on the website.

Marley was second on the most-liked list and Avril Lavigne has come in third.

Also making the top 10: David Guetta, Enrique Iglesias, Usher, Lady Gaga, Metallica, Green Day and the Black Eyed Peas.
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Green Day Dress Up For Secret Halloween Gig

October 29th, 2011 7:00pm EDT
Green Day
Green Day got into the Halloween spirit on Thursday by dressing up to play a secret show in New York.

The rockers announced the low-key gig earlier this week and tickets for the Webster Hall concert sold out instantly.

Fans lucky enough to gain entrance to the show were encouraged to go in costume and the bandmembers did just that - frontman Billie Joe Armstrong performed in facepaint, dressed as Jack Skillington from Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas, bassist Mike Dirnt was made up as a zombie, and drummer Tre Cool donned a pink fairy ensemble.

The group also treated concertgoers ...
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Will Ferrell Drops Mark Twain Award At Ceremony

October 24th, 2011 12:51pm EDT
Will Ferrell
Clumsy Will Ferrell was left red-faced after collecting the coveted Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday night - he broke the award by accidentally dropping it.

Ferrell received the honor during a star-studded gala at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and Jack Black opened the show with a song and dance number dedicated to his pal.

The School of Rock star led the crowd in a rendition of Queen's We Will Rock You, changing the words to "Will, Will, Will, will rock you," before adding, "Will Ferrell, did you notice how I changed it from We Will Rock You?.....
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Billie Joe Armstrong Joins 'Nurse Jackie'

October 7th, 2011 11:29am EDT
Billie Joe Armstrong
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is taking his first steps into acting by accepting a role on hit TV show Nurse Jackie.

The singer has spent time on the Broadway stage starring in his band's musical American Idiot and now he is moving to the small screen by joining the fourth series of Edie Falco's show.

Nurse Jackie's executive producer Richie Jackson revealed the news by posting a picture of Armstrong and Falco on Twitter.com, writing, "Edie and our new cast member (Billie Joe Armstrong)! Wait til you see the season premiere!"
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Q&A: Marianas Trench's Mike Ayley

September 28th, 2011 2:27pm EDT
Marianas Trench
You may not have heard of Canadian pop-punk rockers Marianas Trench, but you should remember their name. After enjoying plenty of success in their native country - they garnered three MuchMusic Video Award nominations this year - they're on their way to take the United States by storm.

They've appeared as themselves on ABC Family's Kyle XY, and their music has been heard on the CW hit The Vampire Diaries (the song "Cross My Heart" was included in season 1) and Degrassi: The Next Generation.

As the band prepares to release their third album, Ever After (set for November 29), and head...
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Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Thrown Off Airplane For Saggy Trousers

September 3rd, 2011 6:30pm EDT
Billie Joe Armstrong
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong was left fuming after he was kicked off a plane on Thursday for wearing his trousers too low.

The rocker was onboard a Southwest Airlines jet when a flight attendant asked him to hike up his trousers before take-off, prompting him to ask if there were "better things to do than worry about that?," according to an ABC7 report.

He was then booted off for failing to comply, and took to his Twitter.com page to vent his frustration, writing, "Just got kicked off a Southwest flight because my pants sagged too low! What the f**k? No joke!"

An airline r...
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Green Day Debut New Material With Surprise Concert

August 15th, 2011 9:51pm EDT
Green Day
Punk rockers Green Day treated fans in California to a surprise concert last week and delighted the audience by debuting a whole album's worth of new material.

The "American Idiot" hitmakers only recently revealed they were back in the studio working on a follow-up to 2009's "21st Century Breakdown," but the group proved it had gotten more than its fair share of work completed as the rockers premiered 15 new songs at Thursday night's gig.

Among the previously unheard tracks were "Nuclear Family," "Carpe Diem" and "8th Avenue Serenade," reports fansite GreenDayAuthority.com, although it is...
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Green Day Crowned The Kings Of Punk

August 3rd, 2011 10:05am EDT
Green Day
Green Day have been crowned the kings of punk in a new Rolling Stone online poll.

The California trio beat out The Clash, The Ramones and the Sex Pistols to land atop the fans' countdown of the best punk acts ever.

The Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains, The Misfits and Black Flag also made the top 10.

The Clash

The Ramones

Sex Pistols

The Dead Kennedys

Bad Brains

The Misfits

Black Flag
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Evan Rachel Wood Dating Jamie Bell, Again?

July 1st, 2011 8:46am EDT
Evan Rachel Wood
Actress Evan Rachel Wood has reportedly rekindled her romance with ex-boyfriend Jamie Bell, five years after they parted ways.

The Wrestler star dated Bell in 2006 after they played onscreen lovers in the music video for Green Day's track Wake Me Up When September Ends.

And they even got matching tattoos to declare their love for each other, with Wood saying at the time, "We had matching tattoos because we knew our love would last for ever. Trouble is, it didn't, things happened, we split. But I don't regret the tattoo. It reminds me of a great, great period in my life."

Wood then sta...
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Billie Joe Armstrong Joins Cast Of 'American Idiot' Movie

June 14th, 2011 10:42pm EDT
Billie Joe Armstrong
Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong is to reprise his role as St. Jimmy in the movie adaptation of hit musical "American Idiot."

Armstrong, who came up with the concept for the Broadway show which is full of his band's music, took a lead role on two separate occasions earlier this year, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, he's planning to make his big screen debut when director Michael Mayer turns the musical into a movie.

Tom Hanks will be among the co-producers of the project, which is set for a 2013 release.
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