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For Immediate Release
GREEN DAY ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR TO BEGIN IN JUNE
TICKETS GO ON-SALE IN MAY; ALL VENUES AND FULL TOUR SCHEDULE IS ANNOUNCED!
MULTI-PLATINUM BAND HIT THE ROAD FOR FIRST NORTH AMERICAN TOUR IN THREE YEARS IN SUPPORT OF NEW ALBUM, 21ST CENTURY BREAKDOWN, TO BE RELEASED WORLDWIDE ON MAY 15TH, 2009
May 4, 2009 — Burbank, CA — Reprise Records’ Green Day have announced tour routing and on-sale dates for tickets to their first proper tour of the United States and Canada in more than three years. The tour begins July 3rd Seattle’s Key Arena and will cross North America through the summer, including a July 27th stop at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, before finishing up with a show at the Forum in Los Angeles on August 25th. All cities, venues, and ticket on-sale dates are listed below.
Green Day, which is singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool, are touring in support of their long-awaited eighth studio album 21st Century Breakdown, which will be released globally by Reprise Records on Friday, May 15th, 2009. Produced by Butch Vig, 21st Century Breakdown is Green Day’s first studio album since 2004’s two-time Grammy Award-winning punk-rock opera American Idiot, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, spawned five hit singles, and went on to sell more than 12 million copies worldwide. In an Arts & Leisure cover story, the New York Times noted that Green Day were determined to top themselves with 21st Century Breakdown and “have done just that. The music is more expansive in every way…Green Day has dared to offer something far denser and more demanding: a whirlwind of thoughts about activism, redemption, and destruction. The rage and sorrows of American Idiot are pushed even further in 21st Century Breakdown, in songs where idealism and the urge to annihilate are constantly grappling, never far apart.”
The album’s first single, “Know Your Enemy” is already capturing the imagination of listeners across the country. It is currently the No. 1 track at Alternative radio — the band’s ninth No. 1 single at the format, making them the artist with the second most No. 1’s of all-time at Alternative.
Last month, Green Day performed 21st Century Breakdown in its entirety during a series of club shows for hometown fans in the Bay Area. In its review of a show at Oakland’s Fox Theater, Rolling Stone commented that the band, augmented by guitarists Jason White and Jeff Matika, and keyboardist Jason Freese, had the “Quadrophenia-like hang of 21st Century Breakdown’s classic rock melodies and lifetime-punk drive down solid” before concluding that “at the Fox, they proved that the rock opera can be as punk as a Clash 45.”
Green Day’s upcoming North American tour dates are as follows: