Alex Constantine - September 14, 2009
"Don't want to be an American idiot.
One nation controlled by the media.
Information age of hysteria.
It's calling out to idiot America. ... "
From: "Green Day smokes Arco audience"
by David Watts Barton
August 25, 2009
"American Idiot" sold five million copies and will be reborn as a potentially Broadway-bound musical next month, which is pretty big. But because the band grew up near here -- in Berkeley's late '80s Gilman Street punk scene -- and because they have kept it musically simple even as they grow more thematically ambitious, the band can seem to loom small. ...
Green Day gone further lyrically, and to some degree musically, with their last two albums, with explicit concerns about the rise of the warfare state and techno-fascism (Armstrong's colors were red and black). At one point during the songs from those heavier albums, Armstrong pushed the political theme, at one point even yelling, "Arnold Schwarzenegger, get the f--- out!" ...