See Trailer For Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ Documentary, ‘Heart Like A Hand Grenade’

Last week, Green Day’s long-awaited American Idiot documentary, Heart Like A Hand Grenade, finally got an official release. A full eleven years after the iconic Grammy-winning album first came out, Heart Like A Hand Grenade will be in theaters across America on October 15th. In the years since American Idiot took the world by storm, Green Day has released four more studio albums, two live albums, a couple of documentaries, and a musical adaptation of American Idiot. They were also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on their first year of eligibility.

Heart Like A Hand Grenade comes at a pivotal time in Green Day’s impressive career, and not a moment too soon. Though the film was only shown once before, to a small Hollywood crowd back in 2009, this will be the first widespread release of the documentary. The date is getting closer, and now we have an exciting trailer to build up the anticipation. You can see the Heart Like A Hand Grenade trailer below:


In a lengthy statement, John Roecker described how Heart Like A Hand Grenade started:

I went to a small club called The Berkeley Square. There I saw for the first time the band Green Day. When I saw them I knew the revolution had returned. Later I had met Billie Joe Armstrong the lead singer of Green Day and a friendship began. We would speak on the phone exchanging thoughts and ideas and he was going to be in my film “Live Freaky Die Freaky” a very controversial film about the Manson murders done in stop motion animation, and he was going to embark on a new musical journey. I told him he should document the recording of the album and he said they had tried and it never worked. I suggested that he set up tripods around the studio and just have cameras run so it would not be too invasive of the process of the recording (I was hoping he would get my hint!). Then I got a phone call on a Friday night and he said he and the band will be in Los Angeles on Monday and why don’t I be the tripod. Thus began my Nine months with Green Day.

I would have total access to the band and could film everything. During this time Metallica released their film “ Some Kind of Monster” a film that showed a band on the verge of artistic collapse and infighting. I told Billie about the film and he thought because there was no drama going on with the band I did not want to continue with the film. I was thinking the opposite. This film does not contain high drama or fighting. It shows a band on top of their game creating incredible music. It is a film that inspires. It is also a very small film. All it took was a box of tapes and one camera. Going back to the D.I.Y. Ethic that I was raised with. It was also a risk for the band because this album was either going to take them to a higher level or sink them. Either way I was going to document it.

After the recording was finished they booked a small theatre and performed the album in its entirety, which is included in the film (Fun fact! This was eleven years ago folks and the camera phone was not invented so this is the only way you can see this legendary concert!) This movie is like a fly on the wall art house piece. It is the first time Green Day allowed someone into the studio to film them. I am so happy I answered Billie’s phone call. This was eleven years ago and the film you are about to see has never been seen. It became a lost film, an urban legend in some ways. Some fans thought it was not real that it was some sort of prank the band and I created. And finally the little film that could is being released.

There is currently no information about a physical or digital release of Heart Like A Hand Grenade. With any luck, the documentary should be released on DVD and digitally later this year. Considering Green Day’s other recent documentaries – ¡Cuatro!, about the making of their 2012 trilogy of albums, and Broadway Idiot, about the how the American Idiot musical developed – have been released on DVD and digitally, there is a good chance Heart Like A Hand Grenade will, too.

Green Day - Heart Like A Hand Grenade

Green Day is also busy working on a pre-Dookie documentary, as well as executive producing East Bay: By The Punx, For The Punx, About The Punx, which chronicles the East Bay punk scene from which Green Day and many other punk and alternative bands arose. Additionally, Billie Joe released a covers album called Foreverly with Norah Jones, acted in the film Like Sunday, Like Rain, wrote songs for the musical These Paper Bullets, and opened a guitar store. Mike Dirnt is working on producing a film called Crickets.

We only have a few weeks left until Heart Like A Hand Grenade will be in theaters. Keep checking back here for all the latest Green Day news, and be sue to check out the full list of Heart Like A Hand Grenade theater showings below:

Show Date Theater Name Address City State ZIP Code
October 8, 2015 Mill Valley Film Festival: Smith Rafael Film Center 1118 4th St San Rafael CA 94901
October 13, 2015 Mill Valley Film Festival: Cinema Corte Madera 41 Tamal Vista Blvd Corte Madera CA 94925
October 15, 2015 Harkins Theatres Flagstaff 11 1959 S Woodlands Village Blvd Flagstaff AZ 86001
October 15, 2015 UltraStar Ak Chin 16000 North Maricopa Rd Maricopa AZ 85139
October 15, 2015 Harkins Theatres Superstition Springs 25 6950 E Superstition Springs Blvd Mesa AZ 85209
October 15, 2015 Harkins Theatres Arrowhead 18 16046 N Arrowhead Fountains Center Dr Peoria AZ 85382
October 15, 2015 Scottsdale Studio Movie Grill 15515 N Hayden Rd Scottsdale AZ 85260
October 15, 2015 Harkins Theatres Tempe Marketplace 14 2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy #1160 Tempe AZ 85281
October 15, 2015 Harkins Theatres Tucson Spectrum 18 5455 S Calle Santa Cruz Tucson AZ 85706
October 15, 2015 ArcLight Hollywood 6360 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles CA 90028
October 15, 2015 ArcLight Sherman Oaks 15301 Ventura Blvd Sherman Oaks CA 91423
October 15, 2015 ArcLight La Jolla 4425 La Jolla Village Dr San Diego CA 92122
October 15, 2015 ArcLight Pasadena 300 E Colorado Blvd Pasadena CA 91101
October 15, 2015 ArcLight Beach Cities 831 S Nash St El Segundo CA 90245
October 15, 2015 ArcLight Culver City 9500 Culver Blvd Culver City CA 90232
October 15, 2015 Regency Agoura Hills 29045 Agoura Rd Agoura Hills CA 91301
October 15, 2015 Regency University Village 10 1201 University Ave Riverside CA 92507
October 15, 2015 Regency Rancho Niguel 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd Laguna Niguel CA 92677
October 15, 2015 Regency Theatres Buenaventura 1440 Eastman Ave Ventura CA 93003
October 15, 2015 Valley Plaza 16 2000 Wible Rd Bakersfield CA 93304
October 15, 2015 Landmark Shattuck Cinemas 2230 Shattuck Ave Berkeley CA 94704
October 15, 2015 UltraStar Mary Pickford 36850 Pickfair St Cathedral CA 92234
October 15, 2015 Harkins Theatres Chino Hills 18 3070 Chino Ave Chino Hills CA 91709
October 15, 2015 Cal Oaks 17 41090 California Oaks Rd Murrieta CA 92562
October 15, 2015 Rocklin Studio Movie Grill 5140 Commons Dr Rocklin CA 95677
October 15, 2015 Rohnert Park 16 555 Rohnert Park Expy Rohnert Park CA 94928
October 15, 2015 The Tower Theatre 2508 Land Park Dr Sacramento CA 95818
October 15, 2015 Carmel Mountain 12 11620 Carmel Mountain Rd San Diego CA 92128
October 15, 2015 Landmark Hillcrest Cinema 3965 5th Ave San Diego CA 92103
October 15, 2015 Town Square 14 4665 Clairemont Dr San Diego CA 92117
October 15, 2015 UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center 7510 Hazard Center Dr San Diego CA 92108
October 15, 2015 Landmark Embaracadero Center 1 Embaracedero Center San Francisco CA 94111
October 15, 2015 Krikorian Buena Park Metroplex 18 8290 La Palma Ave Buena Park CA 90620
October 15, 2015 Krikorian Downey Cinema 10 8200 Third Street Downey CA 90241
October 15, 2015 Krikorian Monrovia Cinema 12 & LFX 410 South Myrtle Ave Monrovia CA 91016
October 15, 2015 Krikorian Redlands Cinema 14 340 North Eureka Street Redlands CA 92373
October 15, 2015 Krikorian San Clemente Cinema 6 641 B Camino de los Mares San Clemente CA 92673
October 15, 2015 Landmark Chez Artiste Theatre 2800 S Colorado Blvd Denver CO 80222
October 15, 2015 Harkins Theatres Northfield 18 8300 Northfield Blvd Denver CO 80238
October 15 & 16 The Dairy Center for the Arts 2590 Walnut St Boulder CO 80302
October 15, 2015 Landmark E Street Cinema 555 11th St NW Washington DC 20004
October 15, 2015 O Cinema Wynwood 90 NW 29th Street Miami FL 33127
October 15, 2015 Tampa Studio Movie Grill 12332 University Mall Ct Tampa FL 33612
October 15, 2015 Holcomb Studio Movie Grill 2880 Holcomb Bridge Rd Alpharetta GA 30022
October 15, 2015 Landmark Midtown Art Cinema 931 Monroe Drive Atlanta GA 30308
October 15, 2015 Kahala Theatre 4211 Waialae Ave Suite 3080 Kahala Mall Honolulu HI 03080
October 15, 2015 Ward with TITAN XC 1044 Auahi St Ward Entertainment Center Honolulu HI 96814
October 15, 2015 Consolidated Ka’ahumanu 275 W Kaahumanu Ave Kahului HI 96732
October 15, 2015 Wehrenberg Cedar Rapids Galaxy 16 5340 Council St Ne Cedar Rapids IA 52402
October 15, 2015 Wehrenberg Bloomington Galaxy 14 Cinema 1111 Wylie Dr Bloomington IL 61705
October 15, 2015 Landmark Centre Cinema 2828 N Clark St Chicago IL 60657
October 15, 2015 Wheaton Studio Movie Grill 301 Rice Lake Square Wheaton IL 60189
October 15, 2015 Marcus Gurnee Cinema 6144 Grand Avenue Gurnee IL 60031
October 15, 2015 Marcus Addison Cinema 1555 W Lake St Addison IL 60101
October 15, 2015 Marcus Elgin Cinema 111 S Randall Rd Elgin IL 60123
October 15, 2015 Orland Park Cinema 16350 South La Grange Road Orland Park IL 60467
October 15, 2015 Chicago Heights Cinema 1301 Hilltop Ave Chicago Heights IL 60411
October 15, 2015 Landmark Keystone Art Cinema 8702 Keystone Crossing #201A Indianapolis IN 46240
October 15, 2015 Baxter Theatre 1250 Bardstown Rd Louisville KY 40204
October 15, 2015 Landmark Kendall Square 355 Binney St Cambridge MA 02139
October 15, 2015 Landmark Harbor East Theatre 645 S President St Baltimore MD 21202
October 15, 2015 Celebration Cinema Woodland 3195 28th St SE Grand Rapids MI 49512
October 15, 2015 Celebration! Cinema Lansing & IMAX 200 E Edgewood Blvd Lansing MI 48911
October 15, 2015 The Maple Theatre 4135 W Maple Rd Bloomfield Twp MI 48301
October 15, 2015 Landmark Lagoon Cinema 1320 Lagoon Ave. Minneapolis MN 55408
October 15, 2015 Marcus Oakdale Cinema 5677 Hadley Ave N Oakdale MN 55128
October 15, 2015 Wehrenberg Campbell 16 Cinema 4005 South Ave Springfield MO 65807
October 15, 2015 Wehrenberg Cape West 14 Cine 247 Siemers Dr Cape Girardeau MO 63701
October 15, 2015 Wehrenberg Ronnies 20 Cine 5320 S Lindbergh Blvd Sappington MO 63126
October 15, 2015 Wehrenberg St. Charles Stadium 18 Cine 1830 1st Capitol Dr St Charles MO 63303
October 15, 2015 Landmark Tivoli Theatre 6350 Delmar Blvd St Louis MO 63130
October 15, 2015 Marcus West Acres Cinema 4101 17th Avenue SW Fargo ND 58103
October 15, 2015 Marcus Twin Creek Cinema 3909 Raynor Pkwy Bellevue NE 68123
October 15, 2015 Marcus Lincoln Grand Cinema 1101 P St Lincoln NE 68508
October 15, 2015 Reading Cinemas Manville 180 N Main St Manville NJ 08835
October 15, 2015 Landmark Sunshine Cinema 143 E Houston St New York NY 10002
October 15, 2015 Tower City Cinemas 230 W. Huron Rd. #7256 Cleveland OH 44113
October 15, 2015 Marcus Crosswoods Cinema 200 Hutchinson Ave Columbus OH 43235
October 15, 2015 Gateway Film Center 1550 N High St Columbus OH 43201
October 15, 2015 Marcus Pickerington Cinema 1776 Hill Rd N Pickerington OH 43147
October 15, 2015 Harkins Theatres Bricktown 16 150 E Reno Ave Oklahoma City OK 73104
October 15, 2015 Oregon Museum of Science & Industry Empirical Theatre 1945 SE Water Avenue Portland OR 97214
October 15, 2015 Midtown Cinema 250 Reily St Harrisburg PA 17102
October 15, 2015 Landmark Ritz 5 214 Walnut St Philadelphia PA 19106
October 15, 2015 Hollywood Theater Dormont 1449 Potomac Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15216
October 15, 2015 Spring Valley Studio Movie Grill 13933 N Central Expy Dallas TX 75243
October 15, 2015 Landmark Magnolia 3699 McKinney Ave #100 Dallas TX 75204
October 15, 2015 Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park 114 Vintage Park Blvd Houston TX 77070
October 15, 2015 CityCentre Studio Movie Grill 822 Town and Country Blvd Houston TX 77024
October 15, 2015 River Oaks Theatre at River Oaks Shopping Center 2009 W Gray St Houston TX 77019
October 15, 2015 Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock 120 W. Loop 289 Lubbock TX 79416
October 15, 2015 Angelika Plano Theatre 7205 Bishop Road, Ste E6 Plano TX 75024
October 15, 2015 Harkins Theatres Southlake 14 1450 Plaza Pl Southlake TX 76092
October 15, 2015 Megaplex Thanksgiving Point 2935 Thanksgiving Way Lehi UT 84043
October 15, 2015 Megaplex University 6 Logan 1225 N 200 E Logan UT 84341
October 15, 2015 Megaplex Ogden Junction 2351 Kiesel Ave Ogden UT 84401
October 15, 2015 Megaplex Gateway 165 S Rio Grande St Salt Lake City UT 84101
October 15, 2015 Megaplex Jordan Commons 9400 State St Sandy UT 84070
October 15, 2015 Pine View St. George 2376 Red Cliffs Dr St George UT 84790
October 15, 2015 Geneva Vineyard 600 Mill Rd Vineyard UT 84058
October 15, 2015 Angelika Film Center & Cafe at Mosaic 2911 District Ave Fairfax VA 22031
October 15, 2015 Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas 222 College St Burlington VT 05401
October 15, 2015 Landmark Seven Gables Theatre 911 NE 50th St Seattle WA 98105
October 15, 2015 Landmark Oriental Theatre 2230 N Farwell Ave Milwaukee WI 53202
October 15, 2015 Marcus South Shore Cinema 7261 South 13th Street Oak Creek WI 53154
October 15, 2015 Marcus Bay Park Cinema 755 Willard Dr Green Bay WI 54304
October 15, 2015 Marcus Appleton East Cinema W3091 Van Roy Rd Appleton WI 54915
October 15, 2015 Marcus Ridge Cinema 5200 S Moorland Rd New Berlin WI 53151
October 15, 2015 Marcus Point Cinema 7825 Big Sky Dr Madison WI 53719
October 22, 2015 The Frida Cinema 305 E. 4th Street Santa Ana CA 92701

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