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Awesome as Fuck (marketed as Awesome as F**k or Awesome as **** and one occasion on TV as Awesome: Live ) is a live album by the American punk rock band Green Day. The album was released on March 22, 2011 through Reprise Records.
The album is composed of tracks recorded during Green Day's 2009–2010 21st Century Breakdown World Tour in support of their eighth studio album 21st Century Breakdown. It includes a DVD of a concert recorded at the Saitama Super Arenain Saitama, Japan. It is also available in Blu-ray.
- 2 Track listing
- 3 Personnel
- 4 Certifications
- 5 Charts
- 6 References
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." 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."
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). He noted that the band was "at least trying to do something different" with this second live album: Bullet in a Bibles album and video documented a single two-night stand in England, whileAwesome as Fucks album draws from sixteen different concerts around the world and the video is taken from a single show. He also remarked that the album's tracklist 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." 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."
In 2014, Kerrang! Magazine printed a "Tribute To Green Day" Mini magazine and included it in an issue. They inside said that the album should have been called "Awful As Fuck"
|1.||"21st Century Breakdown"||London, England||5:51|
|2.||"Know Your Enemy"||Manchester, England||4:50|
|3.||"East Jesus Nowhere"||Glasgow, Scotland||5:09|
|4.||"Holiday"||Dublin, Republic of Ireland||4:16|
|5.||"¡Viva la Gloria!"||Dallas, Texas, United States||4:12|
|6.||"Cigarettes and Valentines"||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||2:44|
|7.||"Burnout"||Irvine, California, United States||2:16|
|8.||"Going to Pasalacqua" (music by Armstrong, Dirnt, and John Kiffmeyer)||Chula Vista, California, United States||4:02|
|9.||"J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)" (lyrics by Dirnt)||Clarkston, Michigan, United States||2:44|
|10.||"Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?"||New York, New York, United States||3:22|
|11.||"Geek Stink Breath"||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||2:07|
|12.||"When I Come Around"||Berlin, Germany||3:11|
|13.||"She"||Brisbane, Queensland, Australia||2:40|
|14.||"21 Guns"||Mountain View, California, United States||5:56|
|15.||"American Idiot"||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||4:23|
|16.||"Wake Me Up When September Ends"||Nickelsdorf, Austria||3:11|
|17.||"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"||Nickelsdorf, Austria||3:00|
|[show]Deluxe edition bonus tracks|
|[show]iTunes deluxe edition bonus tracks|
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)|
|16.||"Jesus of Suburbia"|
|17.||"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"|
|Live in Phoenix, Arizona on August 30, 2010|
|18.||"Cigarettes and Valentines"|