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Review: Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown [2009]

Posted in Green Day with tags on May 11, 2009 by gearsofrock

Amazon Green Day 21Green Day’s follow-up to 2004’s Grammy Award winning American Idiot, flows more like the soundtrack to Rent than 1994’s Dookie. With every pop-punk cliche accounted for on 21st Century Breakdown, the rock trio continues to prove that they dominate the scene with their perfect delivery and execution of the fundamentals. The 18-track punk rock opera employs predictable rhythms (“Horseshoes and Handgrenades”), catchy lyrics (“21st Century Breakdown”), and repetitive power chord patterns (“Know The Enemy”) — exactly what one expects from the band, however Green Day has mastered the formula, pulling it off better than any pop act since Abba. On tracks such as “Last of the American Girls,” Billie Joe Armstrong demonstrates his knack for writing infectious lines (“She puts her make-up on like graffiti on the walls of the heartland”). The aggressive and acoustic driven “Peacemaker” contains a psychedelic Austin Power’s groove, while “East Jesus Nowhere” makes a rhythmic impression of a Marilyn Manson radio single. Overall 21st Century Breakdown is a tight conceptually-styled affair on par with American Idiot -Meds

4 StarsGreen Day is Billie Joe Armstrong (Guitar/Vocals), Mike Dirnt (Bass), & Tre Cool (Drums).

Track Listing:

  1. “Song of the Century”
  2. “21st Century Breakdown”
  3. “Know Your Enemy”
  4. “Viva La Gloria”
  5. “Before the Lobotomy”
  6. “Christians Inferno”
  7. “Last Night on Earth”
  8. “East Jesus Nowhere”
  9. “Peacemaker”
  10. “Last of the American Girls”
  11. “Murder City”
  12. “Viva La Gloria (Little Girl)”
  13. “Restless Heart Syndrome”
  14. “Horseshoes and Handgrenades”
  15. “The Static Age”
  16. “21 Guns”
  17. “American Eulogy”
  18. “See The Light”

Produced by Butch Vig — Reprise Records 2009 —

5 Songs For Your Election Day Playlist

Posted in Corrosion of Conformity, Green Day, Playlists, Twisted Sister with tags , , , , on November 2, 2008 by gearsofrock

Without getting too political on a rock and roll website, I’d like to state that this is arguably the most exciting election of our lifetimes. We will bring either the first African-American into the chief position or see the first female Vice President. No matter how you look at it, Americans are angry and upset with the Bush administration and are in the need of major relief. Here are five tunes for your Nov. 4 playlists to aid in this celebration…

Top 5 Election Day Tunes

1. “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister [Stay Hungry 1984]—Dee Snider and the boys (that dress up like girls) have never backed down from anyone; whether it is a street fight or the US Congress, Twisted Sister takes no prisoners making this tune the definitive track of this election.

2. “American Idiot” by Green Day [American Idiot 2004]—You can say what you want about Green Day sucking and being overplayed by mainstream radio, but this song exemplifies the post 9/11 policies of our government, and serves as an anthem for those who saw the stupidity and hypocrisy in them. Turn it up loud and proud on election day.

3. “The Day That Never Comes” by Metallica [Death Magnetic 2008]—This song has been described as the biggest “downer” on this record, but the last eight years have given Americans this same dismal outlook of this title many times. Now we can exercise the demons by rocking them out hard.

4. “The Good Life” by Weezer [Pinkerton 1997]—This geek rock tune appeared on Weezer’s best album and perhaps the best alternative rock record ever. This is another track that can represent the willingness for getting back to where we want to be—the top of the world with respect and dignity.

5. “Vote With A Bullet” by Corrosion of Conformity [Blind 1991]—First of all, this track is not about going on a shooting spree on election day — but then again, the song isn’t really about a bullet vote either. One can guess that it is about demanding change, ridding politicians of corruption, and all that jazz. Honestly, I just really dig the heavy guitar riffs, Pepper Keenan’s scruffy vocals, and the hard rock that this song delivers.

So, what are your top five election day songs?

PS: I am not endorsing either candidate—the Gears of Rock endorses a new beginning that will hopefully be brought on by the results of Nov. 4.

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Rock Show Countdown: Honorable Mentions

Posted in Blink 182, Chevelle, Green Day, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Rob Zombie, Rock Show Countdown, Slayer, Velvet Revolver, Weezer with tags on August 4, 2008 by gearsofrock

Over the next few days, I will post my top 10 rock concerts that I had the honor of attending. As I dug through my 100+ ticket stubs, I realized how tough it was to narrow it down to ten. Before I get to the top 10, I want to list about 10 shows that would have made the top 20. Here are the honorable mentions of my rock show countdown in chronological order:

K-Rock’s Dysfunctional Family Picnic 3 featuring Rage Against The Machine, Stone Temple Pilots, Blink 182, Rob Zombie, Hole, Kid Rock, and Limp Bizkit at Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY, June 11, 1999, This festival was my 24th rock concert and a special one as you can see from the line-up. Highlights that I can remember include Howard Stern singing back-up for Rob Zombie on “Dragula,” Stone Temple Pilots and Hole not showing up to the concert, Fred Durst leading the crowd in a launching of 15,000+ glow sticks towards the stage, Kid Rock and Jo-C right before Kid Rock blew up following the Woodstock performance, and Rage Against The Machine at their peak.

Ben Folds Five and Guster at the Palace Theatre, Albany, NY, April 18, 2000, I know, I know. Ben Folds Five? Rock show? Well, let me tell you something. If the piano can be a blasting Marshall stack turned to 11 or a spinning drum kit 25 feet above the crowd, this is it. I have always loved what Ben can do to a baby grand piano. There is something so rocking about Ben Folds that so many people miss. I actually hear a death metal presence in his work. Then again, I am out of my mind. Cheers to my 32nd rock show.

Tattoo the Earth featuring Metallica, Slayer, Slipknot, Sevendust, Sepultura, and Mudvayne at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, July 20, 2000, This was a very special NY area show that added Metallica to the already perfect line-up, then it became golden. It was my 36th concert and an absolute blast. I was on the floor and the floor was actually relaxed and chill during Metallica and Slayer. I was able to enjoy the beauty of two of my all-time favorites; meaning no crowd-surfers falling on my neck and no ex-military skinheads punching me in the face. What a wonderful show.

Weezer at Irving Plaza, NYC, August 23, 2000, I actually gave up my Pearl Jam tickets to go see the long awaited return of Weezer. This was prior to the release of the awful Green Album. Who knew that Weezer was going to suck after this amazing show? I didn’t see it coming. Weezer ripped through Blue Album and Pinkerton favorites as well as obscure b-sides. I had such a great time at my 39th show.

Dave Matthews Band at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, June 11, 2001, The only reason this show made it to this list is because of what happened in the encore. During the song, “Two Step,” the sky opened up and poured about 12 inches of rain on the crowd, with thunder and lightning, playing harmoniously with the band for close to 15 minutes. It was an amazing site for show #45.

Blink 182 and Green Day at Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY, May 30, 2002, The reason that show 64 made it to the list is because these are the two mainstream pop-punk giants playing the same stage on the same night. It was almost like they were trying to out-perform the other and I appreciated that. It wasn’t the best Green Day show I’ve seen and it wasn’t the best Blink 182 show I’ve seen. But together, it rocked hardcore. It was also cool when Mark Hoppus threw his bass into the water.

Tommy Lee at the WWE Cafe, NYC, June 15, 2002, Why? Because I met Tommy after the show and he was mega-cool and friendly, and I am not even a chick. Tommy was out supporting Never a Dull Moment, which I thought was a great album, far better than Tommyland: The Ride. This was my 65th show and it consisted of a cool band, a cool crowd, and a cool experience.

Pearl Jam at Madison Square Garden, NYC, July 9, 2003, I remember standing in the last row of the Garden behind the stage, thinking to myself, “I can die now, I’m ready, take me.” That is how great this concert was, but you know what? The show I just saw in June outdid this one, which you will see in my top 10.

Velvet Revolver and Chevelle at the Aladdin Theatre, Las Vegas, NV, August 20, 2005, Vegas baby, Vegas. This was VR’s city that night. Scott Weiland ripped and sounded phenomenal and Slash was his typical amazing self. Cheers to show #84. The only thing that could have made it better, is if Libertad was out for this show.

Rob Zombie at the Nokia Theatre, Times Square NYC, March 29, 2006, I am a high school teacher and this was a school night. But hey, how often do you get to hang out in the VIP section with Pete Steele of Type-O-Negative and members of Biohazard, while being in spitting distance of Rob Zombie. Rock show 87 was sick.

Well, there you have it. These are the 10 honorable mentions that didn’t quite make the top 10. This took forever to do, by the way. I will begin the top 10 very soon. I hope you enjoy this series.