Performing one of their first concerts together since Billy Joe Armstrong's infamous breakdown at the I Heart Radio concert in Las Vegas, and subsequent rehab stint, there was a solid anticipation from Green Day fans for Friday night's concert at Austin City Limit's Moody Theatre.
Part ¡Dos! in Green Day’s trilogy of rock albums could easily be seen as nothing more than a sequel to the drunken debut by their short-lived side-project, The Foxboro Hot Tubs. This, however, would be the wrong way to look at it. While the album is most certainly soaked with the hedonism of Stop, Drop, and Roll!!!, the energy and focus is most certainly Green Day’s. Even if it does sometimes feel like the soundtrack to a party at a dive bar...
No matter what may happen on stage, there's always something happening behind the stage: we do that every week here on The State of Affairs. This week: Sam Sparro gives producers an opportunity to remix his music, an opportunity to educate yourself to get into DIY audience expansion, and a bunch of Australian artists grab a heap of grants to tour around Australia and provide workshops.
It's been a big few weeks for Green Day. First, Billie Joe chucks a tantrum at iheartradio festival then, the next day ends up in rehab for alcohol and prescription drugs abuse. Then the band release studio album number nine, the first of a trilogy of records to come out during the course of the next six months. The question comes down to this: Have Green Day continued to grow into a grandiose, stadium rock opera band or have they gone back to the roots the old school fans have screamed for a long while?
This week in your industry wrap: Psy becomes 2012's Los Del Rio, an opportunity to DJ before Dappled Cities on their upcoming tour, and awards aplenty with the ARIA Artisan nominations and Deadly Awards being presented.
A slower mid-month week but with a good mix of both home-grown acts such as Audego, Shelley Segal and Cam Butler and big internationals like Green Day. Make sure have a look to see what's out!