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Desc:Ah, to be a teenager at forty.
Category:Business, Stunts
Tags:Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong, guitar smash
Submitted:Pope Caius
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That was great
Jet Bin Fever
I like how the other guitarist smashes his too. You know, cause that's what cool punk rocker guys do.
It's because the other guitarist was the one who was plugged in the whole show, so he was just trying to make Billie Joe's smashes sound right.

If I was that bad at my job for that long, I'd be cummin' in my britches to have one minute.....and get paid for it....paid alot for it.
Seven Arts/H8 Red
Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen! We sure did love you! We'll see you next time, we had such a good time playing here tonight! Rock 'n' roll!
Pull my strings and I'll go far.

Bless you both.

Cool gimmick bro
Scrotum H. Vainglorious
This is what happens when you decide to work for Clear Channel for a night.
This. This thing was promoted all over the local shitbag conservative talk radio station and the nine other stations they own in my market of maybe 100K people.

The Townleybomb
Considering he probably made more money for this than I'll make all month, I'm in the wrong business.
Spastic Avenger
Oh, the shame of having your set cut for a relevant contemporary artist.
John Holmes Motherfucker
Usher just announced this week that he'll be joining The Voice as a judge on the show's upcoming spring season, but the R&B star already has his game face on. "Obviously the competitive nature of the show is just raging," he told Rolling Stone this weekend at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas.

Old People
That is a sturdy guitar!
I thought it would be fun to smash the hell out of a bass for a fest that I had played a while back. I originally wanted to set it on fire, but I was told that would not fly in an indoor venue, so smashing it was. Anyway, it took a good 3-4 smashes before I even took a chip out of it.


John Holmes Motherfucker
Great White has pretty much ruined it for fans of setting things on fire.

I've been building guitars lately and I've come to appreciate just how tough they are (except Gibson, which will break if you look at them wrong, even the older ones that were well made).

As far as the clip goes, this is pretty much how I expected this guy to be since their first video, glad I was right.

Looking back, this show was about a month after the Great White fire, so I can see why it was generally frowned upon.

Fuck this video (not really, thank you for posting), I want an Old Zircon guitar!

big pincers
American Idiot: The Musical!
This from the Green Day facebook page:

"Billie Joe is seeking treatment for substance abuse. We would like everyone to know that our set was not cut short by Clear Channel and to apologize to those we offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances."
So is the other guitarist going into rehab too? Or was that sober guitar smashing?

John Holmes Motherfucker
So, Clearchannel is actually blameless? I'm very relieved.

I've been around since 1988.
I remember all these people back in middle school who worshiped this man as a musical genius and would in the very same breath of praising Green Day, bitch about how much they hated anything and everything "mainstream" and how "mainstream' music ruined music.

Oh, to be raised in Norwalk, California.
I might just be a giant music nerd, but seeing someone destroy musical instruments always makes my skin crawl.
So, let's examine this:

Green Day cashes in the tiny amount of barely indie/punk cred they ever had back in the 90s to become a huge commercial hit, largely by toning their music down a notch or two (just enough to skirt by radio play) and not really doing much else that remotely qualifies them as "punk."
They grift off of disillusioned teenagers who don't know what real punk music is for years, becoming richer than arguably any other "punk" band from their scene, and doing things like routinely headlining giant, corporate sponsored music festivals and making videos for MTV whose budgets are roughly equal to the gross national product of a small country which is about as far from punk as a band could possibly get.
They then get upset when, while on a bill with other top 40 artists, they are asked to cut short their set to make time for an artist who makes the label more money than they do unaware of the utter sadness that is the fact that their music is so bubblegum that it is literally interchangeable with vapid pop-shit like Usher to the point where the SAME AUDIENCE will be attending the performance.

In other words, shut the fuck up you pathetic sell out. Go soak in your XXL hottub, fucktard.

John Holmes Motherfucker
Well, the good news is that he was actually completely fucked up on drugs, so that ought to earn him some fresh street cred.
Five for the irony of a guy playing a song bordering on "classic rock" age, from their pop crossover album, for an event by the company that aims to kill indie radio, raging against the powers that be.
Spaceman Africa
I forgot Green Day still existed
Stars because I actually agree with Green Day.
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