They’ve been playing secret shows, and they’ve announced their summer tour dates – Green Day is gearing up for all the action that’s going to surround the release of their 21st Century Breakdown on May 15. This Thursday, April 23, at midnight ET, VH1.com is premiering the record’s first video. This Friday night, April 24, at 8 pm ET, is the VH1 on-air premiere. It’s for the song “Know Your Enemy.” Stop by the blog this week for an advance sneak of the trio’s new clip.
Everyone wants to hear what Green Day‘s coming back with when their 21st Century Breakdown hits the streets on May 15. Hang out at our house and you’ll be the first to know. We’re streaming the entire CD a week before its official release. Be here from May 8 – 15. “The Leak” will give you a chance to blast all the songs REAL loud.
Stay tuned to the VH1 blog this week. Each day we’ll be offering more info about Green Day’s new stuff. This Friday, April 24, we’re premiering the video for “Know Your Enemy.”
Update: VH1 Divas 2010 has just been announced with performances by Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Keri Hilson, Sugarland and others.? Kathy Griffin to host. Get all the details at VH1 Divas Salute the Troops.
The lineup for this year’s VH1 Divas has been announced! Click here to share your Divas Story and tell the world how your favorite diva influenced your life!
Pop, R&B, and hip-hop are known for their strong female artists, women who have made an impact on both a musical and cultural level. Those kinds of singers abound right now, so it’s a perfect time for VH1 to revitalize its respected Divas show. The 2009 edition of the multi-artist presentation takes place at a perfect venue, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House, on September 17. VH1 will air the show live. A new generation of participants will be on board, and performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced as they are confirmed.
The list of artists who have previously performed is tremendous. From Aretha Franklin to Debbie Harry to Joss Stone to Mariah Carey, an array of generations and perspectives has been presented. This year?s scope promises to just as wide. Producers have their eyes on strong women whose songs have brought joy, optimism and empowerment into the lives of listeners.
Further, they?d love for listeners to weigh in on who would make a great Divas participant. What does the term ?diva? mean to you in 2009? Someone heroic? Someone inspiring? Hit the comments field and lets us know. We?re also open to suggestions: feel free to make a list of the artists you?d like to see perform on the show, as well as cast your opinion on which two singers would make a perfect ?Diva Duet.?
Thanks for all this. Your participation will make this year?s edition of Divas that much more fun. Stay tuned for more information on the show. We?ll be posting it here in the blog.
Lady Gaga has certainly scored a royal flush with her recent hand of hits! Whether she’s urging us to keep up our guard by sporting a “Poker Face” or recommending delirium in “Just Dance,” her anthems grab pop fans by both the ears and butt. The young “blonde” diva is constantly being compared to early-era Madonna, transforming ordinary concert-goers to superfans as she thrills audience after audience on her Fame Ball tour, which she calls ?a travelling party.?
She?s got a background in burlesque, a deep appreciation for Andy Warhol, and a bit of dismay over wearing pants ? no wonder Gaga?s turning heads on stage. Her sensationalism has only just hit the scene, but she is already ranking alongside our faves of 2009!
She?s not alone either. It seems we?re in a pop season where there?s plenty of female aristocracy.
- Lacey Seidman
UPDATE! The sweepstakes is over. Thanks to all the participants!
There’s something special about a summer concert – driving to the arena with the windows down and the music blasting, psyched to see your favorite rock gods storm the stage. This year VH1 Classic and Live Nation want to give you that perfect concert experience – only this time you’re not in the crowd, you’re with the band!
Through the middle of August, we’re giving away tickets (including backstage access) to the summer’s biggest classic rock tours, including: Fleetwood Mac‘s Unleashed Hits Tour, Def Leppard with Poison & Cheap Trick, Aerosmith & ZZ Top and, Kid Rock & Lynyrd Skynyrd.
This sweepstakes is only open to subscribers of our VH1 Classic email alerts. You must sign up to become eligible.? Sign up here.
Next up is your last chance to win tickets to see Aerosmith and ZZ Top.
Enter to win by sending an email to us at email@example.com.
Please include your first and last name, telephone number and the email address used for the VH1 Classic newsletter subscription. You have until Noon ET on Wednesday, August 12.
Tour Dates and cities for the Aerosmith and ZZ Top tour are after the jump.
This could be the greatest rock ‘n’ roll summer of all time. So roll down those windows, turn up the volume, and sign up for our Classic newsletter to have a chance of winning the “I’m With the Band Sweepstakes.”
For more tour dates and to buy tickets go to www.livenation.com.
Green Day freaks have been waiting a while for the superstar punk trio’s follow-up to their monumental American Idiot. But the wildly anticipated 21st Century Breakdown is on its way (due May 15) and to whet appetites, the disc’s first video is being premiered on VH1 Friday, April 24 at 8 pm ET. Director Matthew Cullen says that “Know Your Enemy” is going to visually overwhelming. It was shot in downtown Los Angeles, and features the band in performance.
“There’s a lot of symbolism that I tried to mirror [in the shoot],” Cullen told MTV news. “I took a lot of influence from Green Day’s lyrics and the imagery of [street artist] Banksy. It may not sound like a lot, but it’s huge visually. It’s gonna be a new experience for a lot of their fans. I mean, it’s still Green Day, but it’s just bigger.”
21st Century Breakdown tells the story of of a young couple, Christian and Gloria, as they negotiate “the mess and promise of the century so far,” according to the band’s record label. The tale features three acts: ?Heroes and Cons,? ?Charlatans and Saints,? and ?Horseshoes and Handgrenades.?
Songs include ?21 Guns,? ?East Jesus Nowhere,? ?Before the Lobotomy,? and ?Restless Heart Syndrome.? Rolling Stone has said the disc is ?a record of die-hard punk ideals?tightly scripted, continually ascending classic-rock excitement,” and that the music is a “rock opera in which the rock always comes first.” Butch Vig, famed Nirvana producer, was at the helm of the new album.
Green Day has been testing the new material in clubs and theaters around their stomping grounds of the San Francisco Bay area for the last few days.
Stay tuned to the VH1 blog for more info and a sneak peek at the “Know Your Enemy” video.
Eminem’s just-released video for “We Made You” points its pop-culture skewer at Rock of Love, among its targets. Spoiler: the clip suggests that underneath the finest extensions Europe has to offer, Bret is bald. How searing!
Duff McKagan stops by to chat with Eddie Trunk and the boys. Their subjects: Velvet Revolver‘s new lead singer and the shadow Guns N’ Roses still casts over the bassist.? See what he has to say. And stay for the entire show, because Lemmy from Motorhead shares some tea and crumpets in the way that only he can.
The buzz around Anvil! The Story of Anvil gets louder by the week – seems hardcore metal heads and lots of other rockers have fallen for the story of the Canadian band who just wouldn’t say die. The film hits theaters on April 10th, and VH1 News caught up with the guys as they their did their thing down at the South by Southwest festival a couple of weeks ago.? Check the above clip for an interview.
Lance and Anna rock the house on VH1′s Free Radio – music is a key part of the show. Tonight, in the season premiere, The Blue Van‘s “There Goes My Love” is featured. And of course, each week you can hear Billy Boy On Poison‘s? “Dirty Bomb” kick-start the whole thing – it’s the Free Radio theme. Click the links to find out more about each act. Watch the show tonight at 11 pm ET.
Throughout the season, there’s going to be several cool artists featured as part of the show’s soundtrack. Each week we’ll bring you up to speed on each of ‘em.
And speaking of radio, check VH1′s Radio Stations