The urgent, spiky sound Green Day pioneered has swung back into fashion, with festivals in Australia booking new bands that take notes straight from the group’s songbook. It doesn’t surprise Jamieson, whose two decades in the game means he’s seen it all. "Pop punk is definitely cyclical," he says, "but as I’ve learned, so is everything!"
What’s less predictable is how popular the musical adaptation of the record has been. "When you think about 2004, when American Idiot came out, it was just at the cusp of the point where the way we listened to music changed," says Jamieson. "The iPod and iTunes were really taking over, and we moved from albums to songs. Now we’ve moved to streaming and nobody has albums anymore, but I think that’s why musicals are having a renaissance. They compel you to sit, listen and engage with what’s going on in front of you."
Those expecting to see a traditional band playing the record from start to finish are in for a treat. "Yeah, I thought it was that too," laughs Jamieson, "but it’s the real deal. Fully reimagined. Dancers, choreography, arrangements, there’s an actual three-piece band on stage. You don’t see me dance, which is probably for the best, but it’s an incredible thing to watch."
Green Day's American Idiot is in the Concert Hall from January 11 to 14, 2018.