Green Day Stun American Idol With Lennon Cover

GREEN DAY stunned America on the finale of talent show AMERICAN IDOL last night (23May07) with a performance of JOHN LENNON's WORKING CLASS HERO. The punk trio's surprise appearance on the hit show was staged to promote a new album of Lennon covers, Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur. The performance marked the first for any acts appearing on the charity album, which will help raise funds and awareness for Amnesty International's efforts for Darfur, Sudan. Green Day singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong says his group chose to perform Working Class Hero on the album because "its themes of alienation, class, and social status really resonated with us." The two-CD set, which also features Lennon covers from acts like Christina Aguilera, U2, Avril Lavigne, Snow Patrol, Lenny Kravitz and R.E.M, will be released in July (07).


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JENNIFER BUNCH

GREEN DAY'S PERFORMANCE WAS WHAT MADE THE FINALE OF AMERCIAN IDIOL WORTH WATCHING FOR ME. THE MUSIC WAS WONDERFUL AND BILLIE'S VOICE WAS PERFECT AND THEY GOT THE MESSAGE ACROSS WITH THE SONG. THAT IS HOW A ROCK BAND SHOULD SOUND. OTHERS NEED TO TAKE LESSON'S FROM THEM. WHAT HAS SURPRISED ME THE MOST ABOUT THEM APPEARING ON THE SHOW IS THE BAD FEEDBACK THEY HAVE GOT OVER IT. COME ON PEOPLE IT WAS TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR THE VERY GOOD CAUSE TO HELP PEOPLE IN NEED. SO IF YOU LOVE THEM OR HATE THEM STOP WITH ALL THE HATE EMAILS, BLOGS AND COMMENTS ALL OVER THE INTERNET. STOP WRITING ABOUT HOW THEIR "SELLOUTS" AND GO READ A NEWSPAPER OR GOOGLE "DARFUR" AND FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN HELP AND STOP HATEING ON THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ACTUALLY DOING SOMETHING.
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Awful. absolutely awful. Bille Joe should give a million or two to Darfur instead of being the first PUNK(?) band to cover a Beatles tune. Not punk at all. And I love Green Day but it sucked.
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And what a phenomenal performance it was. Billie Joe delivered every lyric with so much feeling and intensity. It was extremely moving. Fantastic job. Absolutly flawless.
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Yeah they stunned America alright, it was awful. Maybe it was for a good cause but no PUNK band as they claim to be and I am a major fan would ever do a cover of a HIPPIE band like the Beatles. Half of their fan bsse wasnt even born when that song came out.Trey tried to save the song, but to no avail, Jason White looked bored out of his skull. Nobody wants to hear Green Day cover an obscure John Lennon song. They want American Idiot!If Bille Joe wants to save Darfur, he should donate some of his millions he has and really make a difference. And I am a MAJOR Green Day fan. Punks(?)connectng with the Beatles? First time I've heard of it.
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