Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Green Day are pleased to share Heart Like a Hand Grenade, an unprecedented behind the scenes look at the writing and recording of their legendary album American Idiot. The documentary will be available for purchase digitally and on DVD via Reprise Records tomorrow, November 13, 2015.
Captured on film by director John Roecker, Heart Like a Hand Grenade is considered by many to be a "lost film". More than 10 years after the release of American Idiot, the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees present this time capsule rock doc that takes us inside the songwriting and recording process of their Grammy Award-winning punk rock opera. American Idiot achieved Multi-Platinum status worldwide and became a hugely successful Broadway show. Looking back on the band in the studio is both nostalgic and insightful-the band knew they had something good, but even they didn't know how good.
"We can't believe this was shot over a decade ago. Little did we know that this was only the beginning of the adventure this record would go on to be," said Billie Joe Armstrong. "We are stoked for our fans to see this footage for the first time and watch us try and figure it all out."
Heart Like a Hand Grenade premiered last month at the 38th Mill Valley Film Festival. Abramorama theatrically released the film on more than 135 screens in the United States on October 15th, 2015. The following day, the film was released exclusively via Vimeo On Demand. Yesterday, Heart Like a Hand Grenade saw further theatrical release in theaters in multiple countries around the globe including Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom and Uruguay.
Karol Martesko-Fenster and Evan Saxon, added on behalf of Abramorama, "We are pleased to be working directly with Green Day, and collaborating with our partners on rolling out this superb film directed by John Roecker to the many loyal fans who have been waiting for more than a decade to experience the thrill of the making of the game changing American Idiot."
Green Day is an American punk rock band formed in 1986 by vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt. For much of their career, the band has been a trio with drummer Tré Cool. Green Day was originally part of the punk scene at the DIY 924 Gilman Street club in Berkeley, California. The band's early releases were with the independent record label Lookout! Records. In 1994, its major label debut Dookie (released through Reprise Records) became a breakout success and eventually sold over 10 million copies in the United States. Green Day was widely credited with popularizing and reviving mainstream interest in punk rock in the United States. Green Day's follow up albums Insomniac (1995) and Nimrod (1997) each sold over two million albums and were certified Double Platinum, and Warning (2000) was certified Platinum. 2004 brought the band's rock opera American Idiot which reignited the band's popularity with a younger generation and sold over six million copies in the United States. Green Day is one of the world's best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide. The group has won five Grammy Awards: Best Alternative Album for Dookie, Best Rock Album for American Idiot, Record of the Year for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", Best Rock Album for the second time for 21st Century Breakdown and Best Musical Show Album for American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording. In 2010, a stage adaptation of American Idiot debuted on Broadway. On April 18, 2015, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of the 2015 class in what was their first year of eligibility for induction.
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