After all the side projects and other bits’n’pieces, it looks like punk favourites Green Day are working on their return after the band’s Billie Joe Armstrong confirmed he’s in the process of writing new material.
The admission came when the Green Day frontman responded to a fan on Instagram who asked when they might expect new material. “I’m writing new songs for gd now,” he responded.
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It’s now two years since Green Day released their 12th studio album in the shape of Revolution Radio. The band’s first album since 2009’s 21st Century Breakdown, it sold 95,000 copies in its first week of release the US alone and debuted at the top of the Billboard charts. The album also nabbed pole position in the UK charts as well.
Earlier this year, Billie Joe Armstrong and Green Day touring guitarist Jeff Matika unveiled their new side-project in the shape of The Longshot. The band made its live debut in April when they played at Oakland, CA’s 1-2-3-4 Go! Records. Featuring Kevin Preston on guitar and David S. Field on drums, The Longshot played a 15-song set, including three covers with David Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’, The Nerves’ ‘Walking Out On Love’ as well as a version of Green Day’s ‘Fell For You’.
As long-term fans of Green Day are aware, this wasn’t Billie Joe Armstrong’s first foray into the world of side projects. He is also the guitarist and vocalist for the punk rock band Pinhead Gunpowder as well as providing lead vocals and guitars for Foxboro Hot Tubs and The Network.
Yet for all the side projects, Green Day have been keeping a low profile following last year’s massive world tour. Their headline show in London’s Hyde Park saw the SoCal punk idols play an epic, career-spanning set that saw them joined onstage by eager fans, as well as sharing the bill with first generation punk rockers The Damned and The Stranglers.
Now it looks like they could be back sooner than we think.