Last month, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong kicked off his No Fun Mondays cover series, each song freshly recorded from his home studio. So far, we’ve heard “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory,” “Manic Monday” featuring Susanna Hoffs, “Corpus Christi,” and “That Thing You Do!” Today, Billie Joe chose to cover the 1979 song “War Stories” by The Starjets, a band from Belfast, Northern Ireland.
“War Stories” sounds great, capturing the 1970s and 1980s punk sound that has influenced Green Day’s own music. Billie Joe fills the song with energy and punchy delivery, making it a fun track to listen to.
The song comes with an animated, vertical format music video. By the looks of it, it seems that Billie may have actually drawn all the images himself; it certainly matches his drawing style. Put together, the drawings form a video depicting Billie Joe playing guitar as he sings the song, with some pictures showing his drumming. It’s a simple black-and-white animation, but it gets the job done! More commendable is that Billie seems to be quite the artist.
Watch the music video for Billie Joe’s cover of “War Stories” below:
While most of Billie’s No Fun Mondays covers aren’t available to stream or download, the first one now is! You can stream or download “I Think We’re Alone Now” from your favorite music provider here.
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 at the beginning of April. 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 in February. 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 recently 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
This summer, Green Day is supposed to embark on the Hella Mega Tour, co-headlining with Fall Out Boy and Weezer.
COVID-19 has forced them to postpone their spring 2020 dates in Europe; they’ll be pushed back to 2021. Asian dates have also been cancelled due to Coronavirus, and are being rescheduled for 2021 as well.
While a lot is still very uncertain, the Hella Mega Tour is set to take the three bands to North America this summer, starting in Seattle on July 17th and finishing in Philadelphia on August 29th. In November, the tour will go to Australia and New Zealand.
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 “War Stories,” 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.
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