Green Day tackles "Monday Night Football"
The NFL put a rock 'n' roll jolt into its first Monday Night Football game of the new season, but the alliance was not to sell concert tickets or an album. The goal was to get New York Jets fans to head to Broadway.
Green Day performed during halftime on a multi-tiered stage positioned at the 50 yard-line at East Rutherford, NJ's New Meadowlands Stadium. The band was joined by two dozen members of the cast of their Broadway play "American Idiot," which is based on their 2004 concept album of the same name, and which opened in April at the St. James Theater. Billie Joe Armstrong, sporting a blond dye job, led the band on a romp through "Last of the American Girls."
Armstrong is Broadway-bound this week. He will participate with members of the "American Idiot" creative team in a post-performance conversation with the audience tonight (9/14) through Friday (9/17), and at the matinee on Sunday (9/19). Armstrong co-wrote the book (or script) with the play's director Michael Mayer, composed the lyrics and co-created the music with Green Day band mates Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool.
Armstrong is also scheduled to appear with the singers on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on Wednesday (9/15), and to speak at New York's 92nd Street Y on Sunday evening.
In other news from the Meadowlands, former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash and his band performed prior to Monday night's game, but their set their set was cut short after just three songs due to a sudden thunder and lightning storm that blew through northern New Jersey for more than an hour, delaying the start of the football game between the Jets and the Baltimore Ravens.