that girl allison

I'm Allison. I see a ton of theatre. I'm a fan of Green Day, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Weezer, Oasis, Adam Rapp, Emily Giffin, and Shakespeare. I run sometimes, and do yoga always.

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American Idiot - 2004 - Green Day: I mean, really?  What did you really think I’d post on the Fourth of July?  I’ve posted this one here before but I decided it’s appropriate for today too.  Click here to watch the video if you’re bored and want a blast from the past.  I’ll be watching the fireworks tonight from a roof on 27th and 12th.  Have a great Fourth! :)

What did I do this Memorial Day weekend?  Besides a 12 hour BBQ, Saturday night drinks on a boat, lots of yoga, and spray painting my amp hot pink, I wrote out the tab to the entirety of Jesus of Suburbia using this awesome video.  My guitar teacher has a [better?] way of writing out tab, but this [semi-ridiculous] method works for me when I’m teaching myself a song on my own without his assistance.  And yes, it took five pages to write it all out.  

I can play about half of it right now.  Kinda shoddily but I’m working on it.  It’s about 8 chords in all but Green Day likes to switch up the order they’re played in a LOT so I’m finding it’s a bit mind boggling sometimes (a lot of the time!).   

For now, I wish you all …. Rage x <3

American Idiot Final Performance - April 24th, 2011

American Idiot Final Performance - April 24th, 2011

American Idiot Final Performance - Encore - April 24th, 2011

Good Riddance - American Idiot Final Performance - April 24th, 2011

Jesus of Suburbia - American Idiot Final Performance - April 24th, 2011

It was exactly a year ago that the Foxboro Hot Tubs played their epic show at Don Hill’s.  It went on for hours for only $20 and there were less than 100 people there.  ”It’s Fuck Time" was introduced into everyone’s vocabulary, for better or for worse (pshhh, for better).  It was the best $20 I ever spent.  

Click here for my original write-up on the show, and a few pictures.  I have a few videos on YouTube of St. Jimmy, It’s Fuck Time, and Stop, Drop, and Roll.   

My family and I celebrated my 25th birthday today (it’s officially on Thursday).  My dad wanted to see American Idiot before it closed, so you could say that we killed two birds with one stone.  My family was in traffic, so I went to the St. James when the box office opened and picked up two rush tickets because I was pretty sure we’d lose lotto.

We went to Five Napkin Burger for lunch where my parents gave me a pair of beautiful earrings.  My mother thought I deserved diamonds for my 25th birthday and who was I to argue?  I know it does not need to be said but everyone thought the burgers were pretty damn good at 5NB (I stuck with my usual - the blackened shrimp salad).  

We walked back to the St. James Theatre after for lotto and we lucked out because there could not have been more than 50 people there and I ended up winning!  I guess it was almost-birthday luck because I haven’t won since the third preview performance.  Instead of selling the student rush tickets I had bought earlier, my mom and brother decided they wanted to see the show too.  My dad and I ended up in BB 112-113, which have great leg room.  We went to Midtown Comics and walked around a bit to kill time before the show.  Andrew Call was on as the Favorite Son for the matinee, and needless to say, I was a little bit skeptical.  The last time I’d seen American Idiot was on February 27th and since then there has basically been a huge regime change so it was almost like watching the show for the first time again.  I also hadn’t sat in center lotto seats since the show was in previews.  

(photo taken on March 26th, 2010)

I was excited to see Justin Guarini as Will, but despite having a very pretty voice and excellent guitar playing skills, he was very one-dimensional.  He had wide, bug eyes the entire show and his only emotion was “REALLY ANGRY.”  On the other hand, David Larsen as Tunny was very decent when it came to his acting, but his voice left a lot to be desired.  He was whiney and much more so than the actor who I will not name that originated the character of Tunny in Berkeley.  I’m quite certain that Libby Winters has improved vocally as the Extraordinary Girl since February, and Van Hughes has grown into the role of Johnny, adding subtle nuances throughout his performances.  Andrew Call certainly had the charisma and vocal abilities for Favorite Son, but his physique was entirely wrong for the role.  

Billie Joe Armstrong was, of course, fantastic and his vocals were in excellent shape.  I was very excited for my family to see the person who has been such a musical inspiration for me perform live onstage and they were definitely impressed (my mother even mentioned that she liked him better than Tony Vincent).   Instead of saying, “We don’t need no stinking badges!" before Last Night on Earth, he exclaimed, “WINNING!" ala Charlie Sheen and he received lots of laughs from the audience, myself and my father included.  Miguel Cervantes tossed me his guitar pick after his solo in “Rock and Roll Girlfriend” and someone, I believe Libby Winters or Jeanna de Waal, tossed me their guitar pick after Good Riddance at the curtain call.  

Afterwards we went to Shake Shack for some dessert before heading up to my apartment.  Overall, a perfect birthday celebration.  The only thing that could have made it better, maybe, was catching Billie Joe’s guitar pick but I’m not too upset about that.  

Oh, and my dad loved the show. :)

I was reminded that one year ago today was the “final sound check” at the St. James Theatre the day before American Idiot started previews.  I went as a friend’s +1 so I was able to sit in the front orchestra which was indeed cool.  Above are my favorite four pictures, but my absolute favorite one is the close-up of Billie (the last one).  It still hangs around my desk at work, under the picture of him and I from opening night. 

I’m almost positive this was the first time I’d ever seen “the guys” (Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool) in person (within a few feet) and it really had me star-struck in a way that I hadn’t been in a very long time, and in a way I didn’t expect to be.  I wanted more than anything to shake their hands but I would’ve had no idea what to say to them.  I got my chance the day after, and surprise!, I had no idea what to say to them.  

The show closing in a month is bittersweet, but it’s had a great run and changed a lot of lives, including the lives of the writers.  It may not have been a financial success, but I would argue that it was indeed an artistic success.