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Green Day comes out with their much-anticipated follow-up to 2004's American Idiot, 21st Century Breakdown.


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The most buzzed-About rock album of 2009 has the East Bay written all over it. Oakland-based Green Day is back on top of the charts with its new album, 21st Century Breakdown, the punk trio’s feverishly anticipated follow-up to 2004’s mega-hit, American Idiot. Recorded in Oakland’s Studio 880, Breakdown is an angry, ambitious rock opera presented in three acts. A few lucky fans were treated to a live first listen at surprise concerts at Oakland’s tiny Uptown and spectacular Fox Theater. Needless to say, the tickets sold out as soon as they went on sale.

The band is about to embark on a worldwide tour of much larger venues, but East Bay fans still have some treats in store. In September, Berkeley Rep will launch its 2009/2010 season with the world premiere of the musical American Idiot, from acclaimed director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening). The stage version will feature music from both Breakdown and Idiot—the latter of which was recognized by Newsweek as one of the most influential musical works of the decade.

Green Day will play at the HP Pavilion in San Jose on August 18; go to greenday.com for tickets. For American Idiot tickets, go to berkeleyrep.org.

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