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American Idiot cast recording of "21 Guns" with Green Day now streaming!

posted by Chad Jones on Thu, Dec 3, 2009
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Just after American Idiot cast members took their final bows on the stage of the Roda Theatre, the work continued. A few days following the final performance on Nov. 15, the cast assembled at Green Day's Jingletown recording studio. With Green Day producing, playing, and singing, they recorded a newly orchestrated (by Tom Kitt) version of "21 Guns."

That track — which sounds absolutely incredible — is streaming on Green Day's website.

Listen to it here.

Here's Billie Joe Armstrong from the press release talking about the recording (shipped to radio Dec. 4 and available for purchase and download on Dec. 22):

"We wanted to record ’21 Guns’ because it represents a pivotal moment in the show when the lead character, sung by John Gallagher, Jr., realizes he needs to get his stuff together,” says Armstrong, who collaborated on the story for American Idiot with Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening). “After the show wrapped, we headed straight to Oakland with the cast to record, and they sung the hell out of it. I couldn’t be happier. It’s great to have something out there for people to hear who didn’t get to see the show.”

It’s been a big week for Green Day and “21 Guns.” The song received two Grammy nominations on Dec. 2: Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best Rock Song.

Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown was also nominated for Best Rock Album. The 52nd annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast on CBS Jan. 31, 2010.

Above photo: The cast of American Idiot. Photo by Kevin Berne


I just wish that the cast could record the entire show. They were so amazing that I would love to hear them singing it over and over.

Maria | Thu, Dec 3, 2009

Good job! I dig it! Can't stop playing it over and over.

phototristan | Thu, Dec 3, 2009

I keep picturing the scene as I play it over and over too. I miss this show!

Michelle | Thu, Dec 3, 2009

they are totally going to record the entire show sooner or later i mean they are going to broadway! =)

Avalon | Thu, Dec 3, 2009

this is the best play i have ever seen!!! i give best wishes to my friends in the cast and i also wanna say everybody did a great job! i saw the play 7 times!! it keep on getting better and better each time!!! i miss them and the play.

Avalon | Thu, Dec 3, 2009

The magnificent play!!!!!! Tremendous! I am in love with this play!!!!! I've seen it many times too, I don't stop to admire!!!! Excellentl work!
Joanna Riplie

Joanna Riplie | Tue, Dec 8, 2009

yay! my fav band!!!

Avalon | Tue, Dec 8, 2009

i can't stop listening to it! I so miss going to the Theatre and seeing the show! it was the best show I have ever seen and I will be so there in NYC!
Suzanne one of the Canadians:)

suzanne | Thu, Dec 10, 2009

This song is awesome.I couldn't stop hearing it.I saw th show 3 times and so much amazed every time.Its like he says"your fate comes walking on broken glass"..Its so pretty.

vitamines | Fri, Dec 11, 2009

I agree...bring on the ENTIRE cast recording! Best show EVER!

Jeff Richmond | Tue, Dec 15, 2009

I saw the show and absolutely loved it. I wish I could have seen it a million times. I hope there will be a CD or recording of the cast doing all the songs.

Amazing show.

ELizabeth | Sun, Dec 20, 2009

Yes, the whole version would be awesome to have on hand, definitely.

guitar speed exercises | Mon, May 3, 2010

I loved the show, I will be looking for a Cd of them doing the songs. I will probably listen to it all the time.

zach | Fri, Aug 6, 2010

The whole CD is out now (or double CD) great stuff.

Ryan the recording guy | Fri, Oct 8, 2010

It is good musical show .It is really amazing and good work .All are good job.

australia photographer | Tue, Dec 21, 2010

The album achieved popularity worldwide, charting in 26 countries and reaching number one in nineteen of them, including the United States and the United Kingdom.

p90x | Thu, Dec 30, 2010

If something do with enjoyment then everyone appreciate that with full integrity. and American idiot is the same thing with enjoyment.

Lead Answer | Sat, Jan 1, 2011

This is amazing dance photo.American Idol: The Search for a Superstar on the Fox network, the show has since become one of the most popular in the history of American television. It is currently the most-watched TV series in the Nielsen ratings and is the only program to have been number one for an unprecedented six consecutive seasons, surpassing All in the Family and The Cosby Show, which were both number one for five consecutive seasons.

mobile applications development | Tue, Jan 11, 2011

I love "21 Guns"! But, then again, I pretty much love anything by Green Day.

Alan from Debt Consolidation Advice | Mon, Jan 31, 2011

I am also a fan of Green Day. Nice post. Nice picture on the terrasse.

Daniel Dubois | Tue, Feb 1, 2011

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recording studio Illinois | Wed, Mar 30, 2011

Nice track..I love 21 Guns..

Free Music Streaming | Mon, Apr 18, 2011

I love this songs and Its such a incredible for me. I like Its dance and All the players are gives its best performance. This is one of the my favorite American Band.

Tummy tuck | Tue, May 31, 2011

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