Oh god, commutes to work suck no matter how much you like the job. I had a painting job once that had quite the commute that was almost never less than an hour.
Oh man, you saw the Broadway show of American Idiot?! I'm pretty jealous. Its weird to say, but Green Day was probably my first 'favorite band.' Before thatch listened to random CDs of my mom's or whatever a relative may get me for my birthday, but when I first listened to the American Idiot album on the bus with a friend, the game changed. Although as much as I love it, my favorite Green Day album is 39 Smooth.
As for the others, Tribute and Destroyer are great albums as well. I've never listened to much My Chemical Romance though. I remember they did a cover of a song on the Watchmen soundtrack, but it's just one of those things where I haven't say down and listened to them yet.