Awesome as Fuck

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Awesome as Fuck
Green Day - Awesome as Fuck cover.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedMarch 22, 2011 (2011-03-22)
VenueSaitama Super Arena, Saitama
ProducerGreen Day
Green Day chronology
Last Night on Earth: Live in Tokyo
Awesome as Fuck

Awesome as Fuck (marketed as Awesome as F**k, Awesome as ****, or Awesome: Live[1] ) is a live album by American rock band Green Day, released on March 22, 2011 by Reprise Records.[2][3] The album is composed of tracks recorded during Green Day's 2009–10 21st Century Breakdown World Tour in support of their eighth studio album 21st Century Breakdown (2009). It includes a DVD of a concert recorded at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.[3] It is also available in Blu-ray.[4]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[6]
The A.V. ClubB[7]
Consequence of SoundC+[8]
Entertainment WeeklyC[9]
Kerrang!3/5 stars[10]
Mojo2/5 stars[11]
PopMatters6/10 stars[12]
Q3/5 stars[13]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[14]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 64, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[5] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic remarked that Awesome as Fuck "satisfies without surprising [...] The set list is a good mix that leans heavily on Green Day’s new millennium standards and the bandmembers never sound tired playing: they hit their marks with enthusiasm, which is enough to make Awesome as F**k fun, if not quite a live album for the ages."[6] David Fricke of Rolling Stone commented "This set is a contagious account of the power-fun streak that still runs through the band even after the two punk operas [...] Billie Joe Armstrong thoroughly enjoys his spotlight: shouting, cursing and letting audiences take whole verses of 'American Idiot' and 'Good Riddance.' And drummer Tré Cool is way up in the mix, channeling the Clash's Topper Headon and the Who's Keith Moon with precise demonic glee."[14]

Chris Conaton of PopMatters said that the album "has a bit of the odor of a record-company stopgap about it", noting the five-year gap between the band's last two studio albums, American Idiot (2004) and 21st Century Breakdown (2009), that was filled by the live album and DVD Bullet in a Bible (2005).[12] He noted that the band was "at least trying to do something different" with this second live album: Bullet in a Bible's album and video documented a single two-night stand in England, while Awesome as Fuck's album draws from sixteen different concerts around the world and the video is taken from a single show.[12] He also remarked that the album's track list contains "treats for longtime fans" in the form of "some of the band's lesser singles and even some deep album tracks"—including the previously unreleased "Cigarettes and Valentines" and the older tracks "Burnout", "Going to Pasalacqua", "J.A.R.", and "Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?"—saying "It’s this quintet of songs that really sets Awesome as F**k apart and gives it a kick as a live set."[12] He criticized the fact that hearing the songs played live was not that different from hearing the studio recordings, calling them "generally the same beyond Armstrong telling the crowd to sing this part or that" and remarking that Green Day's arena show is "a wonderful experience in person, but it understandably loses something in the translation to CD and DVD."[12]

Track listing[edit]



All lyrics written by Billie Joe Armstrong except where noted; all music composed by Green Day (Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool) except where noted.

1."21st Century Breakdown"London, England5:51
2."Know Your Enemy"Manchester, England4:50
3."East Jesus Nowhere"Glasgow, Scotland5:09
4."Holiday"Dublin, Republic of Ireland4:16
5."¡Viva la Gloria!"Dallas, Texas, United States4:12
6."Cigarettes and Valentines"Phoenix, Arizona, United States2:44
7."Burnout"Irvine, California, United States2:16
8."Going to Pasalacqua" (lyrics and music by Armstrong, Dirnt, and John Kiffmeyer)Chula Vista, California, United States4:02
9."J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)" (lyrics by Dirnt)Clarkston, Michigan, United States2:44
10."Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?"New York, New York, United States3:22
11."Geek Stink Breath"Saitama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan2:07
12."When I Come Around"Berlin, Germany3:11
13."She"Brisbane, Queensland, Australia2:40
14."21 Guns"Mountain View, California, United States5:56
15."American Idiot"Montreal, Quebec, Canada4:23
16."Wake Me Up When September Ends"Nickelsdorf, Burgenland, Austria3:11
17."Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"Nickelsdorf, Burgenland, Austria3:00
Total length:63:46


All lyrics written by Billie Joe Armstrong except where noted; all music composed by Green Day (Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool) except where noted.

Live at the Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan on January 23 & 24, 2010
1."21st Century Breakdown" 
2."Know Your Enemy" 
3."East Jesus Nowhere" 
5."The Static Age" 
6."¡Viva la Gloria!" 
7."Boulevard of Broken Dreams" 
9."Geek Stink Breath" 
10."Welcome to Paradise" 
11."When I Come Around" 
12."My Generation" (music and lyrics by Pete Townshend, originally performed by The Who) 
14."21 Guns" 
15."American Eulogy" 
16."Jesus of Suburbia" 
17."Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" 
Live in Phoenix, Arizona on August 30, 2010
18."Cigarettes and Valentines" 

80 Mins Approx.





Chart (2010) Peak
Australia Top 40 Music DVD[18] 1
Australian Albums Chart[19] 69
Austrian Albums Chart[20] 8
Argentinean Albums Chart[21] 1
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[22] 19
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[22] 20
Canadian Albums Chart[23] 12
Denmark Albums Chart[24] 9
Dutch Albums Chart[25] 9
Finnish Albums Chart[26] 9
France Albums Chart[27] 16
German Album Charts 5
Greek Albums Chart[28] 9
Hungarian Albums Chart[29] 12
Irish Albums Chart[25] 9
Italian Albums Chart[30] 4
Japanese Albums Chart[31] 11
Mexican Albums Chart 12
Norwegian Albums Chart[25] 4
Polish Albums Chart[32] 17
Portugal Albums Chart[33] 8
Scottish Albums Chart[34] 9
Spain Albums Chart[35] 5
Swedish Albums Chart[36] 9
Swiss Albums Chart[37] 11
United Kingdom[38] 14
United Kingdom Rock Albums[39] 1
United States Billboard 200[39] 14
United States Billboard Rock Albums[40] 4
United States Billboard Alternative Albums[41] 4
United States Billboard Digital Albums[42] 15
United States Billboard Tastemaker Albums Chart[43] 8


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