Green Day are getting ready to rock in a big way. After back to back punk opera albums (’21st Century Breakdown’ & American Idiot’). The band will be releasing three separate albums, Uno!, Dos! and Tré!, to be issued by Warner Bros. two months apart this fall and winter. Uno! will be released on Sept. 25th, but it is available for pre-order starting today.
Billie Joe Armstrong talked with David Fricke of Rolling Stone about the anticipation for the new releases: “It’s exciting and nerve-wracking. But it’s more exciting,” he quickly noted with a grin, “than anything else.”
RS: What did you think Green Day needed to do next, after American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown? You couldn’t do a third punk opera in a row.
BJA: People ask me all the time. Even my son asked me, “Dad, would you ever go back to playing songs like from [1994’s] Dookie and [1992’s] Kerplunk?” I love those records. I love the punk stuff I grew up on. But there are so many bands who make the mistake – “We’re going back, old-school.” Well, that’s all you’re doing. You already did it. So we’re changing the guitar sound. We’re not going with the big Marshall-amp thing. We wanted something punchier, more power pop – somewhere between AC/DC and the early Beatles.
RS: When did you realize you had three albums’ worth of solid new songs instead of just one?
BJA: The songs just kept coming, kept coming. I’d go, “Maybe a double album? No, that’s too much nowadays.” Then more songs kept coming. And one day, I sprung it on the others: “Instead of Van Halen I, II and III, what if it’s Green Day I, II and III and we all have our faces on each cover?”
RS: There is a song on Uno! – “Kill the DJ” – that is the closest thing you’ve done to a straight-up dance song, with power-drill guitars. It’s a mix of thump and noise that recalls the Clash’s work with early hip-hop beats on [1980’s] Sandinista!
BJA: Mike asked me to write a song with a four-on-the-floor rhythm. I’d never done it before. It’s kind of like Sandinista!, Ian Dury’s “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” and the Tom Tom Club song, “Genius of Love.” We were trying to figure out how to make dance music without turning into a dance band.
RS: Who’s the DJ you want to kill?
BJA: It’s about static and noise.
RS: People on TV and radio, talking endlessly about themselves?
BJA: Yeah – and all of the things inbetween. Like this government cannot, will not, agree with itself. They refuse to make it work. Right, left – it doesn’t matter. It blows your mind and pisses you off. It’s a song about being drunk, going through this chaos, feeling fucked up and all you want to do is get more drunk: “I don’t even want to know about it anymore.”
Read the entire interview here: www.rollingstone.com
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1. Nuclear Family
2. Stay The Night
3. Carpe Diem
4. Let Yourself Go
5. Kill The DJ
6. Fell For You
7. Loss Of Control
9. Angel Blue
10. Sweet 16
11. Rusty James
12. Oh Love
Last week Green Day were forced to cancel a massive free show planned in Burbank, CA. Arrangements for the “secret” show were already under way, when permits needed for the show were denied by the city due to crowd control issues. Thousands of perople were expected, and after monitoring the situation, fears escalted that the crowd could pose serious concern for safety of concert-goers once the location was made public.
Despite the lack of a U.S. show before the first album release, the band will kick off summer tour dates in Japan at the Summer Sonic Festival 2012 in Toyko on Aug. 18th and Osaka on Aug. 19th. That will be followed by stops at the Rock en Seine 2012 in Paris on Aug. 26th, Hockey Park in Munchengladbach, Germany on Aug. 29th, Wuhlheide in Berlin on Aug. 30th, Rock am See 2012 in Konstanz on Sept. 1st, and the I-Day Festival in Bologna, Italy on Sept. 2nd.