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2015 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees: Joan Jett, Lou Reed, Green Day & more
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum

It’s that annual time again for either Cause Celebre or teeth-gritting derision depending on one’s taste, as the latest roster of inductees into Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been announced. And as par for its course, the list spans the semantics and even transcends it, of the rock and roll idiom. For 2015, the inductees include Joan Jett, Green Day, Lou Reed, and Ringo Starr, amongst others.

The true backbeat to The Beatles, with his nasal-inflected voice, puckish charm, and one of the most underrated drummers of all time, Ringo Starr leads the pack of the Class of 2015 with the Award For Musical Excellence. Having drummed on the entire Beatles catalog (save for a few tracks where Paul McCartney took the drum seat) and sporting a solo career that was varied at best, but chock full of top ten and even number one hits during the early 1970s (“Photograph,” “You’re Sixteen,” “It Don’t Come Easy,” etc.), Starr, who still feverishly tours and keeps active well into his 70s, rounds out the last of the solo Beatles to be inducted, and while some may cry default that he got in as a solo artist just because of his prior pedigree, there’s no way one Richard Starkey (his real name) could have been left out, standing near the cold harbor outside the hall. Favoritism seems to be the order of the day in terms of the Hall’s voting committee and their strangely stringent tenets of what garners inclusion to its walls of fame, Ringo Starr notwithstanding.

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2015 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees Announced
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees 2015

It’s that time of year again when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame puts forth its nominees for induction into its hallowed halls. Maybe it’s just me, but I have to say, this year’s ballot is the least exciting one that I can recall.

Perhaps the biggest surprises are the inclusion of Green Day and Nine Inch Nails, both of which released their first albums in 1989, meaning that they have just passed the 25-year qualification for eligibility. Also, in the “How are they not already in?” category we have Stevie Ray Vaughn, War, Kraftwerk, and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Rounding out the list of nominees is: N.W.A, The Smiths, Lou Reed (solo work), Sting (solo work),Chic, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, The Marvelettes, The Spinners, and Bill Withers.

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MP3 Deal: 7 Green Day Albums For $5 Each
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Green Day Dookie

As part of Amazon’s monthly $5 MP3 album deals for August 2012, Green Day‘s Dookie is on sale for only $5. If you would like a physical copy of Dookie, the CD is available for only $8.95.

Dookie is the third album by the post-punk-power-pop group from Berkley, California known as Green Day. It was released in 1994 and was the band’s first on a major record label. Hits include “Welcome to Paradise,” “Longview,” “Basket Case,” and “When I Come Around.”

Already own Dookie? Check out these other Green Day albums also available for only $5 this month: American Idiot, 21st Century Breakdown, International Superhits!, Nimrod, Insomniac, and Warning.

Browse all 1,000 albums on sale this month for only $5 each.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Nine Inch Nails, Dio, Beck, Book of Mormon
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Amazon currently has 100 MP3 Albums For $5 Each for the month of December 2011, so today’s the last day to grab the items in this sale. There’s plenty of great music from artists like Nine Inch Nails, Dio, Beck, Bruce Springsteen, and more, as well as soundtracks for Tron: Legacy and Book Of Mormon.

Below is a sample of some of the albums in this $5 sale, so grab it now before it’s over at 11:59pm PST tonight!

– Green Day – Insomniac
– Daft Punk – Tron: Legacy Reconfigured
– The Offspring – Greatest Hits
– The Book Of Mormon – Original Broadway Cast Recording
– Flight of the Conchords – I Told You I Was Freaky
– Bruce Springsteen – Greatest Hits
– Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral
– Beck – Odelay
– Dio – Holy Diver
– Korn – Korn III: Remember Who You Are

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$5 MP3 Deal: Green Day – Insomniac
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Green Day - Insomniac

Green Day’s fourth album, Insomniac, was a darker affair than its predecessors but is considered by some as the album the Californian trio has never bettered. Right now you can download the brilliant Insomniac for $5 on Amazon.com.

Before they got all political and tried to stick it to “The Man,” Green Day wrote impossibly catchy punk rock. Songs like “Geek Stink Breath” and “Walking Contradiction” for a long time defined their sound and were hugely influential to the genre in the mid-90s.

Every month Amazon reduces the price of 100 MP3 albums to only $5. The deals run out at the end of the month, so if you want an MP3 copy of Insomniac at this price order before December 31, 2011,11:59 PST.

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Free MP3: Green Day’s ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends (Live)’
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Green Day Awesome As F**k

Amazon is currently offering up the mp3 version of the Green Day song “Wake Me Up When September Ends (Live)” from their new live album Awesome As F**k for FREE.

Yes, FREE. Just follow the link and download the song and then it’s yours, you own it. But grab it now, as it’s the Free Song of the Day offer, which means it’s only available for free today, Tuesday, April 26, 2011, til midnight tonight PST.

Awesome As F**k, which was released on March 22, 2011, is available as a CD/DVD, CD/Blu-ray, and MP3 Download. The CD contains 17 tracks; the accompanying DVD/Blu-ray has 16 songs.

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Green Day: Rock Band Coming June 8!
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2010-03-11_green_day_rock_bandHarmonix has just revealed that Green Day: Rock Band will be available for all you American Idiots out there, June 8 on Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii. Up to 6 players (3 mics; 3 instruments) will progress through the career of the trio, unlocking collectible images (more than 100), and some 40 minutes of “rare and unreleased” footage from interviews, outtakes and performances along the way.

The game will also have the same vocal harmonizing feature that made The Beatles: Rock Band such a treat for group singers and comes loaded with 47 Green Day tracks, including “Brain Stew,” “Jaded”, “Hitchin’ a Ride,” “American Idiot,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” and “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”

If you’re looking to export these songs, fear not: all 47 tracks are fully exportable to a console hard drive and playable in Rock Band, Rock Band 2, and the recently announced Rock Band 3. The export fee is $9.99 via Xbox Live or PSN. The export features is not available for the Wii system. Additionally, if you’ve picked up the six Green Day tunes already available as DLC, you can play them in the new game with added harmonies, “unique” visuals and more “exclusive archival material.”

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Music Review: Green Day ’21st Century Breakdown’
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Green Day 21st Century BreakdownGreen Day — 21st Century Breakdown
CD | MP3
Producer: Butch Vig
Reprise Records
Released May 15, 2009

Five years after the release of American Idiot, Green Day returns with its latest studio album, 21st Century Breakdown.

2004 marked a huge change for Green Day. Four years after their last album, Warning, Billy Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool emerged a different band: black hair-dyed, eye-linered, and tie wearing. This new Green Day put down their bongs, took their hands out of their pants, and sung about politics. This met with a mixed reaction. They lost fans who thought they had sold out with their emo traits. They faced some curious older fans who weren’t sure if they approved or not and most interestingly, they welcomed a new, younger fanbase. I admired Green Day for having the guts to try something so different, even though I was not a fan of American Idiot. My main problem with the album was I felt they had lost their energy which was a major facet of their sound. I know album opener “American Idiot” has pace but I felt it had no soul, I felt the agenda got in the way.

21st Century Breakdown however combines the energy and philosophy with good effect. It is split in to three acts to create a kind of rock opera: Act 1 is entitled ‘Heroes And Cons’ and encompasses tracks 2-7 (the crackly Billy Joe lullaby intro not included); Act 2, tracks 8-13, is called ‘Charlatans and Saints’; and Act 3, tracks 14-18, ‘Horseshoes and Handgrenades’.

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