Organisers of the Napa Valley Film Festival in California have confirmed the movie event will still go ahead in the aftermath of an earthquake which rocked the area on Sunday (24Aug14). The Napa Valley was shaken by a tremor which measured 6.0 on the Richter scale, injuring more than 100 and causing damage to many homes and local businesses.
Bosses behind the area's big movie celebration, the Napa Valley Film Festival, have now confirmed the disaster has not affected plans for the event, which will go ahead as scheduled.
A statement from organisers reads, "Our thoughts are with everyone in the Napa Valley who have suffered losses from the recent earthquake. We are proud to be part of a community that rallies in support of each other in such a generous and big hearted way. As they say in the business, the show must go on."
The festival's line-up includes Anne Hathaway's new movie Song One and Like Sunday, Like Rain, which features Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong. The festival kicks off in November (14).
Swedish dance music superstar Avicii has recruited Chris Martin, Billie Joe Armstrong and Jon Bon Jovi, among other big names for his next album.
The follow-up to last year's (13) True will also feature a duet between Wyclef Jean and Matisyahu.
And, teaming up with Coldplay star Martin has been beneficial for Avicii's health - he has been giving the DJ/producer nutrition tips after he was forced to cancel his appearance at the Ultra Festival in Miami, Florida in March (14) due to exhaustion.
He explains, "Chris has been like a brother and helps out with my nutritionist. I find it hard to gain weight, so I drink shakes in the morning."
Rocker Mike Dirnt is following his Green Day bandmate Billie Joe Armstrong into the movie industry by signing up to produce a new independent film. The bassist has teamed up with the American Idiot hitmakers' manager Pat Magnarella to co-produce upcoming drama Crickets, penned by his longtime pal and bar owner Alfredo Botello.
Crickets follows the relationship between two estranged brothers after one is diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Dirnt, who revealed in May (14) that his wife Brittney had been diagnosed with breast cancer, admits he was drawn to the project by the moving storyline, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "I've been - and a lot of people have been - affected by illnesses and it's a very relatable thing."
He adds, "I'm just kind of tired of junk food movies. Here's something that's a feel good, feel bad and feel everything movie."
In addition to producing, Dirnt will also help with the movie's soundtrack.
Green Day have previously contributed to film soundtracks for The Simpsons Movie, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, while Armstrong has also tried his hand at acting, with roles in TV series Haunted, medical drama Nurse Jackie and forthcoming musical drama Like Sunday, Like Rain.
The Small Faces and The Faces' induction at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 was ruined by Green Day's "horrifying loud and bad" performance for keyboard player Ian Mclagan. The veteran rocker, who has also performed with The Faces bandmate Ronnie Wood's other group, the Rolling Stones, was suffering from a migraine headache at the induction ceremony and admits he wanted to kill Billie Joe Armstrong and his cohorts during their set honouring inductees Guns N' Roses.
He tells Salon.com, "I don't really get it (their music). It's too young for me. It feels like kids making a lot of noise.
"I had a migraine that day, it was a bad one. I got it about two hours before the show. I'd ordered a meal, it was an hour late, it got to me just before I was supposed to leave. I was angry and I had a migraine. I get there, I'm 15 feet from the front of the stage, right in the middle, second table. Green Day come on. If I had a gun, they'd all be dead. And I'd be happy about it.
"(They were) horrifyingly loud and bad, two things you shouldn't be. Especially if you're at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."
And the punk trio's performance wasn't the only thing McLagan hated: "I wanted to kill Guns N' Roses as well. Apart from that, it was nice to be inducted, it was a big honour."
Ironically, Green Day will become eligible for Hall of Fame induction in 2015.
McLagan is now part of the concerted effort to reunite the existing Faces - Rod Stewart, himself, Wood and Kenney Jones - for a planned tour.
Former My Chemical Romance star Frank Iero, Bowling For Soup and You & Me At Six have revamped Green Day's classic album American Idiot for a new Kerrang! compilation. Kerrang! Does Green Day's American Idiot also features 5 Seconds of Summer's cover of the album's title track and Neck Deep's version of Boulevard of Broken Dreams.
Iero tackles Extraordinary Girl, Bowling For Soup cover St. Jimmy and You & Me at Six take on Are We the Waiting.
American Idiot, which was released in 2004, topped the charts in 19 countries and has sold 15 million copies to date. It inspired a Broadway musical, which has featured Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.
Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong joined forces with his son Joey for an intimate gig in his native Oakland, California on Wednesday (11Jun14). Father and son were joined by Jason White, a touring member of Green Day, for the show at 1-2-3-4 Go Records.
As Two and a Half Men, the trio raced through a set featuring Green Day's Church On Sunday, 2,000 Light Years Away and 99 Revolutions.
Drummer Armstrong, Jr. posted an image from the show on Instagram, as well as a video clip of the band performing 2,000 Light Years Away.
Reunited rockers The Replacements are to play their first headlining show in their native Minneapolis, Minnesota since 1991 in September (14). The group has confirmed it will be performing at St. Paul’s Midway Stadium on 13 September (14) as part of a comeback tour, which has prompted bassist Tommy Stinson to temporarily step down as a member of Guns N' Roses. The Replacements ended their 22-year hiatus by returning to the stage at Riot Fest last year (13), and the bandmates recently performed at the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in California, where Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong joined them onstage.
Billie Joe Armstrong made a surprise appearance at the second weekend of the Coachella festival by joining rockers The Replacements onstage. The band, which reunited in 2012 after more than 20 years, was one of the main draws on the Outdoor Stage at the California music event on Friday (18Apr14) and the crowd went wild when they brought out Green Day frontman Armstrong.
Dressed in the same plaid suit as the rockers, and he performed on tracks including Color Me Impressed, Can't Hardly Wait and Alex Chilton.
Armstrong seemed thrilled to be a temporary member of the group, and told the crowd, "Dreams really do come true!"
The Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg had to perform while sat down on a couch during some parts of the set due to a back injury.
"The guy just wrote beautiful songs. When someone goes that honestly straight to the core of who they are, what they're feeling, and was able to kind of put it out there... it's amazing. I remember hearing it when Nevermind came out and just thinking, 'We've finally got our Beatles...' and ever since then it's never happened again." Green Day rocker Billie Joe Armstrong pays tribute to Kurt Cobain as the 20th anniversary of his death looms. The Nirvana star took his own life on 5 April, 1994, aged 27.
Former Van Halen guitarist Sammy Hagar and Metallica frontman James Hetfield are set to team up for a special benefit concert in May (14). The veteran rocker has recruited Hetfield, along with Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong and guitarist Joe Satriani, for the first annual Acoustic-4-a-Cure benefit gig at the famous Fillmore venue in San Francisco, California.
The all-star line-up - which also features Heart's Nancy Wilson and Train's Pat Monahan - will play an all-acoustic set, and event organisers promise fans once-in-a-lifetime duets and collaborations.
Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Pediatric Cancer Program at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.
Hagar says, "I've seen firsthand the great work they're doing and how vital community support is. I ran the idea of a benefit concert by James, and we quickly had an amazing lineup of artists on board."