Two weeks ago, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong kicked off what he calls No Fun Mondays: Each week, he shares a cover of a song, freshly recorded from his home studio. So far, we’ve heard “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory.” Today, Billie Joe shared a cover of “Manic Monday,” originally a single from The Bangles in 1986. In fact, Susanna Hoffs – the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for The Bangles – appears in Billie’s new version.
Billie Joe and Susanna sound great together in this new recording. It stays fairly true to the 1986 original, yet it still feels like a natural fit for Billie. “Manic Monday” is still energetic and punchy, and it sounds carefree despite Billie’s evident mood in the accompanying music video. The video shows both Billie and Susannah playing the song from their respective homes. Billie’s dog Lenny is also present throughout the video, perhaps to the point of distracting Billie! It’s a simple but entertaining video to accompany the song.
Watch the video for “Manic Monday” by Billie Joe and Susanna Hoffs below:
Billie’s three covers so far have come from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, respectively. Maybe his next cover will be a 1990s classic? We’ll find out next Monday!
Father Of All… & “Otis Big Guitar Mix” EP
It’s a fun and straightforward record, weaving in elements of Motown along with Green Day’s brand of punk rock. While it’s not their strongest or most ambitious release (see instead American Idiot, 21st Century Breakdown, and the trilogy), it is refreshingly carefree and fast-paced.
Then, surprising fans everywhere, Green Day just put out an EP last Friday. The “Otis Big Guitar Mix” EP features alternate versions of three trilogy songs. Sure, the trilogy came out 8 years ago, but it’s never too late for more goodies from it, right? Hear new mixes of “Lazy Bones,” “Wild One,” and “Oh Love.”
Changing Labels & More Music Possibilities
In a series of interviews last September, Green Day did imply that Father Of All… would be their last album with Warner Records. They’ve been with the major label since the early 1990s, and all of their albums from Dookie onwards have been released by Warner.
Additionally, at the time, the band members also suggested the possibility of them releasing a second album 2020 – possibly on their own label after leaving Warner.
Billie Joe has repeated this idea, including in an interview last month. He stated that he’d written several songs in the previous six months and had several left over from the Father Of All… sessions. However, he did not indicate how they would release new music this year, if they indeed do so. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Now, Billie Joe has just told Kerrang that he’s written another six songs since the quarantines began. We could have a ton of new music ready once the pandemic is over!
Hella Mega Tour
Later this spring, Green Day will embark on the Hella Mega Tour, co-headlining with Fall Out Boy and Weezer.
Assuming COVID-19 doesn’t derail things, the tour is set to start on May 24th in Moscow, and extends through Europe, culminating in a Dublin show on June 29th. Then the Hella Mega Tour will take the bands to North America, starting in Seattle on July 17th and finishing in Philadelphia on August 29th. In November, the tour will go to Australia and New Zealand.
Asian dates have been cancelled due to Coronavirus, but will hopefully be rescheduled once the illness is under control. Dates in other territories have not been announced.
Tickets for the Hella Mega Tour are on sale now. Be sure to get tickets before it’s too late! Some dates have already sold out, so don’t wait!
Enjoy Billie Joe’s cover of “Manic Monday,” and be sure to spin Green Day’s recent Father Of All… album and new “Otis Big Guitar Mix” EP. Get ready for more music from Green Day, potentially out this summer, and for their Hella Mega tour with Fall Out Boy and Weezer. Keep checking back here for all the latest Green Day music news.