Okay, time for me to get all deep and serious about Green Day. Please Hold:
10 years ago Sunday (I’m late, I know), a CD was released that I didn’t know about yet but that would change my life. Looking back, I was pretty late to the game discovering American Idiot. I think I remember seeing the music video that fall when it was released, but I didn’t really take notice of the album until the next spring when the “Holiday” music video was released. I remember it was that song that made me first think “hey I like this song, and “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “American Idiot”, maybe I should buy the whole CD.” So I did, months after it had first been released and listened to the whole thing that night. I was blown away. That album changed my life: how I viewed myself, viewed the world, and thought about things. It opened my mind to new possibilities; the band would continue to do this throughout the next several years. I fell in love with Green Day instantly. The next few weeks was a flurry of buying all of Green Day’s CDs (including inheriting Nimrod from my Aunt), learning about the band, their history, and any and all random facts about them I could. By summer I was a full-blown Green Day expert.
I could go into more detail about the next 5 years, the concert I was denied the chance to go to, the one I did, and all the rest, but I’ll skip ahead. Somewhere in early 2009, I started to hear about American Idiot being adapted into a musical to play at the Berkley Rep. As soon as that possibility even emerged, I was already making plans to go see it on Broadway. I eventually did. 6 times. Again, there are a lot of fun stories involving all that, but suffice to say that that musical changed my life. I’ve never felt so deeply connected to something in my life and I do to this day. Seeing that musical made me immediately question if I’d rather do theatre than film, an idea I dismissed until just last year. That musical helped me recognize my calling and passion for theatre. I really can’t express how much it all means to me.
I guess overall that album seriously changed my life. Without it, I wouldn’t be the person I am today and I might’ve never realized my true calling in theatre. It’s an incredibly important piece of art for me and I can never thank Green Day enough for it.
TL; DR: Thank you Green Day for changing my life; I wouldn’t be where I am today w/o American Idiot.