Green Day: God’s Favorite Band

Green Day | God’s Favorite Band

The last time Green Day released a greatest hits album, 2001’s ‘Superhits!’, things were looking a little shaky. ‘Warning’, from the year before, was their first LP since signing to a major label without multi-platinum sales figures. The wave of success that had followed their breakout ‘Dookie’ was crashing. And the trio hadn’t yet released ‘American Idiot’, the decade-defining record that would become not just their ‘Sgt Peppers’ or ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’, but a hugely successful Broadway musical and a major reason their career didn’t go the way of The Offspring.

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Dan Reed Network get the funk out

As Dan Reed Network prepare to join Extreme on their UK tour, the band’s frontman opens up about their next album, his first gig experience, the passing of AC/DC’s Malcolm Young, recording new songs in front of fans, learning to be more collaborative, and why he loves ‘More Than Words’.

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Bad Touch and Mollie Marriott get it on in Islington

(Photo credit: Laurence Harvey)

Mollie Marriott has hit the ground running. Just weeks after releasing her debut album, ‘Truth Is A Wolf’, the singer is touring the UK as special guest of Bad Touch. No stranger to the country’s stages – earlier this year she supported Paul Weller and Wilko Johnson – Marriott looks and sounds totally at home in front of the Islington Academy crowd.

Backed by a tight three-piece band, she seduces those who’ve come out on a Sunday night with her majestic voice and self-deprecating charm. Able to see only her own face staring back from the T-shirts in the front row, she sings into the dark with all her heart.

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OMD facing the consequences at Roundhouse

OMD, who are currently in the throes of an 18-date UK and Eire tour that includes a stop at Roundhouse on 13 November, have shared the video for their latest single,

‘What We Have Done’ is the third 12-inch to be released from the duo’s 13th studio album, ‘The Punishment Of Luxury’, which entered the UK Album Chart at #4 in September.

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The Tubes: living up to their reputation

Fee Waybill is a storyteller, and not just through his lyrics, on-stage banter, or the multiple characters he inhabits during a show. Even in an interview situation, The Tubes singer is an enthusiastic and engaging conversationalist. With each question typically sparking a free-flowing five-minute reply, over the course of five questions he covers everything from volcanoes, drugs, and headlining Roskilde, to touring the UK with Alice Cooper and writing songs with Richard Marx.

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Leif Vollebekk learns to let go

Since releasing his latest album ‘Twin Solitude’ in February, Leif Vollebekk has toured the UK twice, supporting Gregory Alan Isakov and Margaret Glaspy. Next month he returns for a series of headlining shows, including a performance at Moth Club on 21 November.

Ahead of his return, the Canadian multi-instrumentalist tells us about mesmerising audiences, Neil Young’s greatest record, relinquishing control to the songwriting process, Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, teaching people new words, and his “terrible Lancaster accent”.

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