Green Day 2.0

Diablo review



Photograph by Diablo Imaging

Ever since Green Day’s American Idiot album became a mega-platinum, multi-Grammy smash, fans have been wondering what the East Bay–born band would do for an encore. The answer turned out to be one of summer 2008’s sweetest surprises: The band went undercover as the Foxboro Hot Tubs and recorded Stop Drop and Roll!!!

This side project album is an infectious 33-minute blast from the past. Each of the 12 tracks is a knockout: “Mother Mary” channels The Stooges, while the haunting “Dark Side of Night” evokes a creepy-cool Zombies feel. “Alligator” sounds like The Kinks and “Sally” trips out to a Strawberry Alarm Clock vibe, and the Ramones, The Who, and Tommy James & the Shondells get some props along the way. Meanwhile, straight-ahead Green Day fans needn’t feel abandoned—“The Pedestrian” would fit nicely on the Nimrod or Warning albums. And, East Bay bar hoppers should jump straight to track three, “Ruby Room,” an affectionate shout-out to the Oakland dive bar where “the Pabst Blue Ribbon unravels.”

Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tré Cool—who, as Green Day, sold the most tickets ever for a single concert at AT&T Park—recently went on a minitour to promote their new record. They weren’t playing stadiums this time around: Foxboro Hot Tubs’ first-ever concerts were held at Oakland’s tiny Stork Club and Crockett’s tinier Toot’s Tavern.

Listen to snippets on iTunes and at www.foxborohottubs.com.

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