ASSORTED DECLARATIONS BY STAFF WRITER TOM GRAHAM
Green Thumbs Up
Green Day has announced the first leg of its ¡UNO!, ¡DOS!, ¡TRÉ! TOUR. The North American tour will kick off in intimate venues this November and will bring the tour to arenas in January. Green Day stops in Wilkes-Barre to play Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Green Day, vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tré Cool, are touring in support of their upcoming trilogy of albums Green Day ¡Uno!, Green Day ¡Dos!, and Green Day ¡Tré!, which Rolling Stone described as, “…heavier and hardened from their time in the trenches but back in the garage, ready for rapture.” Green Day ¡Uno! will be released on Sept. 25, followed by Green Day ¡Dos! on Nov. 13, and Green Day ¡Tré! on January 15, 2013.
Tickets, priced at $26 and $49.50, are on sale to the general public on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. at ticketmaster.com, the Pennstar Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000.
For more information on additional tour dates, visit www.GreenDay.com.
What’s a music video?
I caught bits and pieces of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards and let me tell you, I’m not sure what the hell is going on with the mainstream music world.
The show opened with Rihanna (cough) singing and spanking her bottom silly. White balloons fell from the ceiling and the crowd went rabidly wild.
Yes. You read that correctly. White balloons fell on people and they were screaming out of their minds and moved to tears. Simply amazing.
I had no clue who host Kevin Hart was, (I still don’t, but I plan on looking it up soon so I can say, “Oh. Hmph”), although he was introduced as the future President of the United States and escorted to the stage by several little people dressed up as secret service agents.
After a few performances by Pink, Frank Ocean, One Direction, I wanted to change the channel. But then I would have missed the censor riddled “rapper” 2 Chainz performing a song called “Yuck” with assistance from the Lil Wayne on a skateboard.
Green Day looked like veteran grandfathers on the stage, but delivered the night’s only honest straight-on shot of rock. I think at that point, it was just a relief to see people playing real instruments.
Then there was some screaming about a sparkly vampire movie and Taylor Swift sported a “Where’s Waldo?” outfit and sang a song about an ex-boyfriend who broke her heart. Go figure.
I can’t remember if white balloons fell from the ceiling again, but I can only remember thinking that if the Mayans were right about this year’s impending doom, I wouldn’t be missing anything on that was previously scheduled to air on MTV.
There swirling around the internet that heavy metal royalty, King Diamond, had been killed in a high speed car wreck. His people quickly assured the world that it was not true. “In response to the rumors that King passed away in a car accident, this is nothing but a stupid hoax by some low-life. He says: Stay Heavy!”
Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Two Gallants The Bloom and the Blight (ATO Records) 2012
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