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Billie Joe Cast in ‘Idiot,’ Foos Add Dates + More

  • Billie Joe Armstrong has been confirmed to reprise his Broadway role in the movie adaptation of Green Day‘s American Idiot, set to be directed by Michael Mayer and produced by Tom Hanks‘ Playtone Productions. Back in January, Mayer, who helmed the Broadway production, hinted that Armstrong would be cast in the part of St. Jimmy: “I think it’s a no-brainer,” he said. The movie is slated to open in 2013. [The Hollywood Reporter]

  • Foo Fighters have added eight dates to their Fall arena tour, which kicks off September 14 in St. Paul, MN and wraps up on November 14 in Newark, NJ. New stops include Los Angeles, Denver, and Phoenix; Cage the Elephant will open up for the just-announced shows. Tickets go on sale June 17. [Foo Fighters]

  • Erykah Badu will headline a tribute concert for late rapper 2Pac in honor of his 40th birthday. DJ Drama, Roy Ayers, Bun B, Meek Mills, and others have been tapped to perform at the event, which takes place June 16 in Atlanta, GA. [2Pac 40th Birthday Concert Celebration]

  • As he puts the final touches on Mastodon‘s fall album, Brent Hinds has revealed he’s cooking up a side-project featuring ex-Jane’s Addiction bassist Eric Avery, Dillinger Escape Plan‘s Ben Weinman, and ex-Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen. Scheduling conflicts have prevented the group from recording, but Hinds is optimistic about the project. “We tried to get together and do an album but there’s no time,” he says. “We want to record crazy stuff and Ben is working on that.” Among the potential names for the outfit: Giraffe Tongue. “Because they look sick,” says Hinds. [NoiseCreep]

  • British art-pop group Elbow have announced a fall U.S. tour — their biggest one yet — in support of their new LP Build a Rocket Boys!. The trek starts on September 18 at Austin City Limits and ends on October 1 at Los Angeles’ famed Greek Theatre. [Elbow]

  • The Japanese edition of Pains of Being Pure at Heart‘s latest LP Belong will feature a previously unreleased tune “Tomorrow Dies Today.” Stream it over at Pretty Much Amazing.

  • Nas‘ first track from his forthcoming record Life is Good has hit the web. Check out the Salaam Remi-produced “Nasty” over at Rap Radar.