TORONTO — Green Day – one of the most recognizable and influential punk rock bands in the world – will headline the Twisted Tea Grey Cup Halftime Show for the 110th Grey Cup at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton on Sunday, November 19, the CFL announced on Saturday night.
For those who don’t know or who are keeping score, here’s simply my opinion.
And for those who don’t know, I have zero doubt you have heard one of their songs if you listened to a radio in the last 20 years.
Green Day was more like speed rock with screaming lyrics like way too many of those '90s bands, and then they mellowed out their sound in the '00s.
I think they were an overrated and industry band and I had no clue they were still around, for I have not heard anything about them in at least 15 years!
Their biggest hit was “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” one of many formulaic hits.
Maybe somebody here knows more about Green Day in their early days before they hit it big in the 1990s, but upon their mass success via their breakthrough album Dookie, maybe this is about as “punk” as they got:
I don’t know what their biggest hit was but they had quite a few during and after my college years: Basket Case, American Idiot, When I Come Around, etc.
They’re definitely in the corporate radio playlist now. When I hear them, I no longer crank it up like I used to. Overplayed.
They aren’t in my basket of favourites but do have a decent cult following and name recognition, even if they are past their prime. But then so are many well known bands. Overall I think a pretty good choice.
I was going by mere opinion from memory and YouTube clicks on that one, and it’s not even close on YouTube after “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” which you probably also remember in 2004 on radio was always on back then when satellite radio was still in its early days.
Nobody misses terrestrial radio, and sadly now satellite radio resembles it more and more every year.
Oh yeah I remember all their 1990s stuff too, but other than that song I linked above, I never cared for Green Day. I’m surprised the CFL picked them.
Maybe they do have a younger following again than our “Generation X.”
I never hated Green Day. American Idiot, When September Ends, and Boulevard of Broken Dreams were mainstays on just about everybody’s playlist. My problem was that every song sounded exactly the same. But with a few drinks, we’d all rock out.
But the fact that I, at my age, rocked out to these guys when I was young is not a good sign. It means they’re still catering to an older crowd. May as well get Def Leppard or Poison. If they want to get a younger demographic, bands from 30 plus years ago will not accomplish that goal.