Personalities | Green Day | Return To Form (2003–05) | An Overview
The abandonment of Cigarettes And Valentines coupled with the arrant pleasure of recording as fictional band The Network restored Green Day’s creative juices.
A subsequent studio experiment led the band on to craft their next album: a full-length, punk-rock opera, American Idiot (2004), which, armed with a political and sonic edge, catapulted them back into the big time. The album took a bold stance, questioning America’s involvement in the Iraq war, the Republican agenda and Billie Joe’s own feelings about his country; the songs were compelling: ‘American Idiot’, ‘Holiday’ and ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’ all resonated not only in America but internationally. Supplemented with additional musicians, pyrotechnics and epic concert staging, Green Day returned to stadiums, delivering shows that were greeted with rapture by old and new fans alike. Like U2, Radiohead and Iron Maiden, Green Day were now international rock stars.
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