16 September 2012 6:50 AM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

The business of rock -- the creative juices, the vibe, the sound and fury, the rage, the excitement, the whole kit and caboodle -- is very lacking these days. Songs come and go, like cotton candy -- looks good, tastes good, but leaves no lasting impression other than a disgusting sugary aftertaste. Few can scale the heights and maintain the majesty of Rawk! One would be hard-pressed to find young rock bands today with the chops and creativity to sustain four to five decades of arena-sized music-making like the Stones, Kiss, Tom Petty, The Boss, AC/DC, Eagles, The Who, U2. I would argue there is perhaps just one band excellent enough to carry that very heavy torch and to wave it high and wide -- Green Day. Formed in Berkley in 1987, they are well on their way: this year marks their 25th anniversary in the music biz. 

Green Day has swag. »

- Dusty Wright

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