But they`re different.
Only really in the sense that they take themselves far more seriously these days. Billie Joe's songs are all pretty similiar when you boil them down (not to say they're not good, just that he's never really gone beyond the catchy three chord verse/chorus/verse/chorus/middle eight/chorus pop song). But being helicoptered into stadiums? Costume changes during gigs, and spending as much time challenging different sections of the crowd to out-cheer each other as actually playing songs? Concept albums? Joint singles with U-fucking-2
? (They're releasing three albums at once, you say? It's probably because Guns N' Roses only managed two.
) Please just stop now, Green Day, some of us used to really love you and you're making it really hard to carry on. "American Idiot" would've been fine if it was just one song, but making a whole career arc out of it is just lame.
The only thing Green Day have done worth a damn recently is the album they released under the pseudonym Foxboro Hot Tubs, presumably because it's just a dumb, fun rock 'n' roll record instead of a Serious Political Statement. It's completely brilliant from start to finish, and it proves Billie Joe still has it in him. Seriously, Green Day is more of a brand than a band these days, and maybe if it was retired those guys could go back to doing what they're good at again.