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American Idiot - UK Tour - Mayflower, Southampton - 10th October 2012

Published by: Andrew Tickner on 26th Oct 2012 | View all blogs by Andrew Tickner

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Having been a Green Day fan for almost two decades, I was delighted to see that "American Idiot" was coming over the UK from Broadway.

 I have to say, overall this show was slightly above average. Considering that Green Day's 2004 album "American Idiot" is a highly political statement of an album with a equally political, although lacking, following album "21st Century Breakdown", I was expecting a powerful and moving show interlaced with classic and great Green Day tracks.

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 The technical production was fantastic and the music was great. However, the choreography was uninspiring and at times resembled little more than a "mosh pit" with the cast resorting to stereotypical "head banging" as if that was the best the choreography could come up with at the time; and to be honest as a rock fan of many years, found quite offensive, as did many other audience members I spoke with after the show.

 Finally, when it comes to the story holding all this together, to say I have seen pornographic movies with more of a story would be an understatement and a huge disservice to the movies. 

Don't get me wrong here. The story, although very basic, was there; although the additional information in the programme adds a vast amount to the understanding of what the writers were trying to get across.  However, having to get the background and basis of the story from this is concerning.

Also, I cannot take anything away from the cast, the performers were excellent, energetic and enthusiastic; and the production itself is quite a ground breaking format.  But that doesn't take away the feeling that something important is missing. 

 Overall - Average. if you are a fan of the music, it is worth seeing; however don't expect to see something with an enthralling story or anything as politically charged and the albums the music comes from.

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