Bullet in a Bible

Bullet in a Bible

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by Green Day
     
 

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It's no secret that Green Day have come a long way since their days as snotty teenagers bashing out sweat-soaked ditties about alienation and masturbation, but this concert set underscores the band's evolution with emphatic power. Recorded over the course of a two-date run at the 60,000-seat Milton Keynes Stadium outside London, Bullet in a Bible showcases aSee more details below

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It's no secret that Green Day have come a long way since their days as snotty teenagers bashing out sweat-soaked ditties about alienation and masturbation, but this concert set underscores the band's evolution with emphatic power. Recorded over the course of a two-date run at the 60,000-seat Milton Keynes Stadium outside London, Bullet in a Bible showcases a band at the peak of their ability to push a crowd's buttons, replete with outsized sound and over-the-top theatrics; but it also demonstrates that Billie Joe Armstrong and company haven't entirely lost touch with their inner ne'er-do-wells. Much of the disc is given over to material from American Idiot, and on those songs, particularly the "Jesus of Suburbia" suite, the backing of the extra musicians renders the sound as thick as anything the E Street Band ever churned out. Green Day haven't, however, lost the sinew and sneer necessary to carry off vintage favorites like "Basket Case" and "Longview" -- an unusual retention, given the distance they've moved in the years since those songs first got mosh pits roiling. There are a few cringe-worthy moments -- the extended call-and-response that stretches their cover of "Shout" to the breaking point being the most egregious -- but they're far outnumbered by flashes of brilliance. Pete Townshend (an obvious influence here) once wrote about the punk taking on the godfather: Billie Joe finds a way to make the two characters share the same skin and make a joyous racket together.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bullet in a Bible is a CD/DVD package (also available as a UMD, for those who want to carry it around on a Sony PSP) documenting Green Day's show at the National Bowl in Milton Keynes on their 2005 U.K. tour. The DVD intercuts interview footage with individual members of the trio between the songs on the set, while the CD provides an hourlong distillation of the show. Both the CD and DVD manage to be big, splashy productions -- after all, the DVD is produced to take full advantage of a home theater system, while the CD has a bright, clean kick to its mix -- that still retain a palpable sense of excitement and grit. This isn't the wild, reckless Green Day of the early and mid-'90s -- this is Green Day the arena punk pros, who know how to fill a stadium while still sounding as if they're playing in a packed little club. None of their '90s punk-pop peers have such a large following or can command such large, adoring crowds, and Bullet in a Bible makes it clear why: no other band in 2005 can play to the mainstream while still seeming nervy and vital. In other words, nobody does it better than Green Day, and this live package is a testimonial to the band at its peak.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/15/2005
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624946625
catalogNumber:
49466
Rank:
3507

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Tracks

  1. American Idiot  -  Green Day
  2. Jesus of Suburbia: Jesus of Suburbia/City of the Damned/I Don't Care [M  -  Green Day
  3. Holiday  -  Green Day
  4. Are We the Waiting  -  Green Day
  5. St. Jimmy  -  Green Day
  6. Longview  -  Green Day
  7. Hitchin' a Ride  -  Green Day
  8. Brain Stew  -  Green Day
  9. Basket Case  -  Green Day
  10. King for a Day/Shout  -  Green Day
  11. Wake Me Up When September Ends  -  Green Day
  12. Minority  -  Green Day
  13. Boulevard of Broken Dreams  -  Green Day
  14. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)  -  Green Day

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Green Day   Primary Artist
Ron Blake   Percussion,Horn,Background Vocals
Tre Cool   Drums,Vocals
Jason White   Guitar,Background Vocals
Mike Dirnt   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Billie Joe Armstrong   Guitar,Vocals
Jason Freese   Horn,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Mike Pelino   Guitar,Background Vocals
Jason White   Guitar,Background Vocals
Mike Pelino   Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Green Day   Composer
Eric Idle   Composer
Kelly Isley   Composer
Ronald Isley   Composer
Rudolph Isley   Composer
Tim Lynch   Producer,Audio Production
Doug McKean   Engineer
Rob Cavallo   Producer,Audio Production
Chris Bilheimer   Packaging
Billie Joe Armstrong   Composer
Pat Magnarella   Executive Producer
Milton Keynes   Engineer
Samuel Bayer   Director
Kim Dellara   Executive Producer

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