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Top Of The Pops: Green Day’s American Idiot – Broadway Cast In Session

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The Choob is back on the air! Apologies for the unscheduled summer hiatus over the last couple of months. Part of the reason for it was an extended trip to New York (right in the middle of the heatwave in the city – that sort of thing’s really not good for a Scottish chap!)

Just a few weeks before I flew out, I went to see Green Day‘s latest gig in Glasgow. It was the first time I’ve seen the band live and was blown away by their outstanding performance.

As I was on a Green Day high from that, I was determined to make sure I went to see the American Idiot musical on Broadway while I in the Big Apple and was so glad I made the effort (and splashed out on a ticket) as the stage show was, in its way, just as good as seeing the band play live.

If you live in New York or are in town while American Idiot is still playing, I really can’t recommend it highly enough. The energy of the performers, the clever staging and set design, the vivid storytelling using pretty much only the lyrics of the songs, the wonderful musical arrangements that paint some of Green Day’s greatest songs in a whole new light – it all adds up to an astonishing theatrical experience (and probably the only broadway musical that doesn’t feature a superhero The Choob is ever likely to go and see).

If you haven’t seen it, or want to relive its genius, the cast of American Idiot have just recorded a few of the songs from the show for AOL. And here are the vids:

American Idiot:

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Are We The Waiting:

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Last Night On Earth:

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Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life):

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Top Of The Pops Thursday: Green Day – Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance); Boulevard Of Broken Dreams

This week’s Top Of  The Pops Thursday spotlights punk rockers Green Day.

I have to admit, I knew very little about them before American Idiot in 2004, and still haven’t got round to checking out all their back catalogue, but I love what I heave heard. They’ve been around for an astonishing 22 years in a fairly stable formation.

Look out for a new album, 21st Century Breakdown, which is due out on May 15 this year. It will be their eighth studio album and their first since 2004’s popularity-boosting American Idiot.

First, from a 1998 edition of Top Of The Pops on BBC1, an acoustic version of Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance) by singer Billie Joe Armstrong:

And here, from a Later… With Jools Holland show from, I assume, 2004, here is Boulevard Of Broken Dreams:

And, as a little bonus, here’s another performance of Boulevard… from The Late Show With David Letterman, which is also worth a look to see what happens to drummer Tré Cool at the end, and Letterman’s response:

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