Green Day Concet Tickets On Sale Soon

Punk rock band Green Day will be out on the road this summer to support their eighth studio album, 21st Century Breakdown. The album “plunges” on May 15, 2009 (Land of Punt doesn’t like “drops” so we’re starting a new slang for when a record is released, “plunges”).

Green Day (from left) consists of dummer Tré Cool, guitarist and singer Billie Joe Armstrong, and bassist Mike Dirnt.

Green Day (from left) consists of dummer Tré Cool, guitarist and singer Billie Joe Armstrong, and bassist Mike Dirnt.

Fans anxious to get their manicured punk rock mitts on Green Day tickets don’t have long to wait. Several of the 38 cities that the band is scheduled to visit this summer will begin selling tickets this weekend, for example, Denver, Phoenix, and Tampa.

Green Day’s North American tour starts July 3rd in Seattle and concludes August 25th in Inglewood. Between those dates, the band will visit cities like Boston, Las Vegas, Minneapolis and San Jose.

The band will also play several venues in the Great White North. Canadians can plan on seeing Green Day perform in Hamilton, Vancouver and Winnipeg.

After their trek across North America, the boys will take a month off and then stamp their passport for Europe. Barcelona, Glasgow, Madrid and Paris are all scheduled to host concerts.

The band is touring so much we almost expect them to play in the Land of Punt. However, they will not be invited to play in the LOP, as we find them to have a childish disrespect for America.

We still haven’t forgiven the band for their convert movie, Bullet in a Bible. Filmed in England, just outside of London, the performance features concert-goers singing along to the band’s smash hit “American Idiot.”

It’s always a different when an American artist performs a song critical of America on foreign soil. Instead of being subversive and revolutionary, it devolves into nothing more than a cheap marketing stunt that appease and reassures a receptive audience.

Still, Green Day and their whining against America are generally appreciated. What’s not appreciated is their music being called “punk.”

In fact, punk rock legend John Lydon, front man of the Sex Pistol, has publicly objected to Green Day being labeled as such.

Land of Punt could care less what you call Green Day’s music.

“Punk” is just a term used by the recording industry to sell albums. It’s meaningless and has zero affect on how their music sounds.

Of course if one does apply the term “punk” to Green Day it shouldn’t conjure up the same images as it does in reference to The Sex Pistols or The Clash. When one thinks of “punk” in reference to Green Day their imagination should be drawn to middle class suburbia where kids decked out in ripped designer jeans listen to IPod’s while shopping at Hot Topic.

Ultimately though, chiding them for their supposedly “America-is-to-blame” attitude or ridiculing them for not earning their “punk” designation says nothing about their actual music. They are a rock band after all and they should be judged by their music not their politics.

Clearly, Green Day’s songwriter, Billie Joe Armstrong, can write a catchy tune. While his music is simple and his lyrics immature, he does do a marvelous job of writing songs that all sound similar but yet don’t sound the same. You can say the same about a lot bands, but Green Day seems to excel at it in a way others don’t.

Green Day has sold over 65 million records worldwide and won three Grammy Awards.

Green Day has sold over 65 million records worldwide and won three Grammy Awards.

Sadly though, in what may seem as a slight to the band, most bands grow out of their original sound.

Stagnant or not, Green Day should be applauded for spending over 20 years exploring all musical possibility of their genre, even if the genre is in dispute.

However, they could spend another 20 years exploring it and they still wouldn’t make it into the LOP. If they don’t respect their own country, how can they respect the Land of Punt?

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