Some random notes from the sold-out March 10 Green Day concert in Pomona

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– Lead singer Billie Jo Armstrong said the words “Los Angeles” six times to the audience in asking how they were but “Pomona” only once

– He kept a constant smile on his face and had a ton of energy running around on stage and standing on speakers

– Armstrong shot the crowd with a super soaker, a toilet paper shooter and a T-shirt launcher that drew a lot of cheering

– Drummer Tre Cool got a roll of toilet paper thrown at his drum kit that hit a cymbal but he just smiled and nodded his head in approval

– The encore was “American Idiot” while the final song played was “Jesus of Suburbia”

– Some hit songs not played included 1994’s “Longview,” 1997’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” and 2009’s “21 Guns”

– Nobody I interviewed at the concert felt Armstrong should not have played because of the singer’s reported issues with alcohol and prescription drugs

– Armstrong pointed out during the concert that “ladies and gentleman it’s this guy’s birthday right here” to a fan in crowd before the band performed “Holiday”

– Bassist Mike Dirnt would frequently goof around onstage by sticking out his tongue or giving odd facial expressions while playing his guitar


Green Day wins over audience at Fox Theater in Pomona

POMONA – Green Day lead singer and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong showed no ill effects after taking a recent hiatus for rehab at the Fox Theater on Sunday night.

The singer wore black but a constant smile, rapidly moved across the stage and frequently thrust his guitar in the air.

“Get your hands up!” Armstrong shouted to the sold-out theater audience for the band’s opener of “99 Revolutions” from their most recent album “¡Tré!”

The Grammy Award winning punk and alternative rock band, famously features bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool besides guitarist Jason White.

Armstrong’s hiatus was the result of reportedly using prescription pills and alcohol which resulted in a rant when Green Day played the Las Vegas’ iHeartRadio Music Festival on Sept. 21 and cut short the set.

The Oakland artist went into rehab two days later.

During the song “Letterbomb” from the groups’ 2004’s album “American Idiot,” Armstrong asked the audience if people wanted to see an “explosion,” a “party” or a “celebration.”

He clearly picked the latter. During the very next song off the same album, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” he added “Oh my God I’m still alive.”

The group’s set lasted roughly two hours with an encore and featured many of the group’s best known hits from 1994’s “Basket Case” and “When I Come Around” to 2004’s “American Idiot” and 2009’s “Know Your Enemy.”

Juan Bernal, 21, of Ontario said Sunday night’s show was his first time seeing the band and he was in line outside the Fox at 8 a.m.

“They got me into rock music,” Bernal said afterward. “Tre (Cool, drummer) looked at me during ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams.’ It was just amazing.”

Karen Reta, 54, of Tustin, said she watched Armstrong at the Las Vegas music festival where he went on his rant and said he sounded better.

“I loved it,” Reta said. “He sounded good. He had a few technical difficulties. But he loved playing the music.” 909-483-8549 or on Twitter @ClaremontNow or @IEMusicNow

The Ghost Inside will bring its brand of metal to Pomona and West Hollywood

Los Angeles metalcore band The Ghost Inside will head to the Glass House in Pomona on March 8 before heading to the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood the next night.

Performing with The Ghost Inside on the Get What You Give 2013 US Tour is Stick to your Guns, Stray From The Path and Rotting Out.

Doors open for the event at 6 p.m. and tickets range from $12.50 to $15 for the Glass House show.

Tickets went on sale at noon Friday for the Pomona event.

Doors open for the Roxy at 5 p.m. and tickets went on sale Thursday.

For more information on the Glass House, at 200 W. Second St., Pomona, contact

The Roxy Theatre is at 9009 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.

For more information on the Roxy, contact 310-278-9457 or

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Crystal Castles to perform in Pomona on April 25 and Hollywood April 26

Crystal Castles were recently announced to perform at the Fox Theater in Pomona and the Hollywood Palladium.

The electronic, experimental act Crystal Castles will perform at 9 p.m. April 25 at the Fox Theater in Pomona, according to the

Tickets are selling for $39.20, according to

Doors open for the show at 8 p.m. An opening act has not been announced.

The Fox Theater is at 301 S. Garey Ave., Pomona.

Additionally, the group will perform April 26 at the Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd., in Hollywood.

Ticket prices for the Hollywood show are $53.

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Jan. 5 concert for cancer featuring Koruscant Weekend, Finish Ticket, The Bad Spells and Little Red Lung now cancelled

Koruscant Weekend, Finish Ticket, The Bad Spells and Little Red Lung will all perform Jan. 5 at the Glass House in Pomona.

Note: This concert has now been cancelled.

Concert for Cancer is an annual charity event designed to help familes impacted by cancer and raise awareness about cancer within the community, according to the Glass House’s event website at

Proceeds from this concert go to Aedyn Eveler’s medical bills.

San Jose’s Koruscant Weekend is an alternative and nerd pop act while Alameda’s Finish Ticket is a mix of indie pop and alternative. Pomona’s The Bad Spells is a rock band that used to be known as Ghost Town while Los Angeles’ Little Red Lung performs tango-rock and avant styled indie rock.

The all-ages conert is $10.

Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Glass House is at 200 W. Second St., Pomona 909-483-8549 or reach wes on Twitter at @IEMusicNow or

Sold-out show for Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Glass House in Pomona

New York City’s art punk and dance punk group Yeah Yeah Yeahs quickly sold out for a Jan. 11 stop at the Glass House in Pomona.

Tickets were $30 but there is always the chance more tickets could be available later or try ticket resellers such as or

The Glass House is at 200 W. Second St., Pomona

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Glass House in Pomona to feature Moving Units, Emmure and Whitechapel and Curren$y

Some well known hip-hop, indie rock and metalcore acts will soon be performing at the Glass House in Pomona.

– New Orleans hip-hop artist Curren$y, who performed at the Rock the Bells hip-hop festival at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino in 2011, will bring his conversational style to the Glass House.

Curren$y, who actually broke his ankle at the San Bernardino show and missed the next stop in San Francisco, will take the stage on Dec. 8.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets range from $20 to $25.

– Los Angeles’ indie rock and dance punk act Moving Units will headline Dec. 22.

The group performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio in 2011 and doors for their show open at 7 p.m.

Tickets went on sale Wednesday and are $15.

– Queens, New York metalcore act Emmure and Knoxville, Tennessee deathcore band Whitechapel will headline a bill on Jan. 19.

Emmure and White Chapel were on the Vans Warped Tour lineup that made a stop at the Fairplex in Pomona in 2010.

Besides the two warped tour veterans, other acts featured are Unearth, Obey The Brave, The Plot in You.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the show and tickets went on sale Wednesday.

Tickets are $18 to $20.

The Glass House is at 200 W. Second St., Pomona.

For more information, contact or 877- 435-9849 or 909-483-8549