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Green Day: Awesome as F**k (2011)

Awesome as Fuck (marketed as Awesome as F**k or Awesome as **** and one occasion on TV as Awesome: Live[1] ) is a live album by the American punk rock band Green Day. The album was released on March 22, 2011 through Reprise Records.[2][3]

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.[3] It is also available in Blu-ray.[4]


 [hide*1 Reception


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
PopMatters[6] 6/10
Rolling Stone[7]
AbsolutePunk[8]  (CD)

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."[5] 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."[7]

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).[6] 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.[6] 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."[6] 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."[6]

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"

Track listing[edit]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.

No. Title Location Length
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
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
No. Title Length
1. "21st Century Breakdown"  
2. "Know Your Enemy"  
3. "East Jesus Nowhere"  
4. "Holiday"  
5. "The Static Age"  
6. "¡Viva la Gloria!"  
7. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"  
8. "Burnout"  
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)
13. "She"  
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
No. Title Length
18. "Cigarettes and Valentines"  




Additional musicians[edit]Edit



  • Chris Dugan – mix engineer
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Kevin Lemoine – recording engineer
  • Brad Kobylckzak – recording engineer
  • Mike Manning – assistant engineer
  • Kumar Butler – assistant engineer
  • Sergio Almonte – assistant engineer
  • Nick Tresko – assistant engineer
  • Ben Hirschfield – assistant engineer


  • Chris Dugan – director
  • Bill Berg-Hillinger – director, editor, colorist
  • Ryan Cooke – additional editor
  • Michael Mastrangelo – additional editor
  • Carl Jordan – additional editor
  • Tammy Berg – additional editor
  • Bill Butterfield – additional editor
  • Chris Johnston – post-audio mixing
  • David May – post producer
  • Justin Lomax – editor of "Cigarettes and Valentines"
  • Shane Ruggieri – colorist of "Cigarettes and Valentines"


  • Chris Bilheimer – art direction
  • Chris Dugan – photography


Country Certification Sales/shipments
Germany[10] Gold 25,000


Chart (2010) Peak


Australia Top 40 Music DVD[11] 1
Australian Albums Chart[12] 69
Austrian Albums Chart[13] 8
Argentinean Albums Chart[14] 1
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[15] 19
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[15] 20
Canadian Albums Chart[16] 12
Denmark Albums Chart[17] 9
Dutch Albums Chart[18] 9
Finnish Albums Chart[19] 9
France Albums Chart[20] 16
German Album Charts 5
Greek Albums Chart[21] 9
Hungarian Albums Chart[22] 12
Irish Albums Chart[18] 9
Italian Albums Chart[23] 4
Japanese Albums Chart[24] 11
Mexican Albums Chart 12
Norwegian Albums Chart[18] 4
Polish Albums Chart[25] 17
Portugal Albums Chart[26] 8
Scottish Albums Chart[27] 9
Spain Albums Chart[28] 5
Swedish Albums Chart[29] 9
Swiss Albums Chart[30] 11
United Kingdom[31] 14
United Kingdom Rock Albums[32] 1
United States Billboard 200[32] 14
United States BillboardRock Albums[33] 4
United States BillboardAlternative Albums[34] 4
United States BillboardDigital Albums[35] 15
United States BillboardTastemaker Albums Chart[36] 8

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