Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has been sharing No Fun Mondays covers since we all started self-isolating two months ago. He’s already given us numerous and diverse covers. Now, the whole band is in on it. Today, Green Day shared a cover of “Dreaming,” originally released by Blondie in 1979.
Green Day’s cover of “Dreaming” stays true to the original, apart from trading some keyboards for guitars. It builds on Tré Cool’s rolling drums, creating a punchier recording than Blondie’s 1979 version. Billie Joe’s voice is strong as ever, comfortable and natural without trying to mimic Debbie Harry’s unique timbre. This song is a great fit for Green Day.
Their new cover also comes with a nostalgic music video. It opens with Billie’s dog Lenny sleeping in his bed, dreaming of Green Day out on tour. We get some excellent footage of Green Day performing in front of adoring fans during their Revolution Radio tour. We also get behind-the-scenes looks at them goofing around backstage and traversing airports. It’s powerful footage and it makes us long for the Hella Mega tour even more.
Watch the music video for Green Day’s cover of “Dreaming” below:
“Dreaming” is the first cover we’ve gotten from the whole band this year. However, Billie Joe has shared numerous No Fun Mondays covers: “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory,” “Manic Monday” featuring Susanna Hoffs, “Corpus Christi,” “That Thing You Do!,” “War Stories,” “Kids In America,” “Not That Way Anymore,” and, most recently, “That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll.” We also got the bonus Italian language cover of “Amico” last month.
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.
In early April, Billie Joe 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
Around now, Green Day was 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 and summer 2020 dates in Asia, Europe, and North America. All dates are being rescheduled for 2021. However, the November tour to Australia and New Zealand is still on… for now.
Tickets for the Hella Mega Tour are still on sale. Be sure to get tickets for available dates here. Stay tuned for an announcement of rescheduled dates, expected for 2021.
Enjoy Green Days’s cover of “Dreaming,” and be sure to spin the band’s recent Father Of All… album and new “Otis Big Guitar Mix” EP. Get ready for more music from Green Day, potentially out later this year, and for their (postponed) Hella Mega tour with Fall Out Boy and Weezer. Keep checking back here for all the latest Green Day music news.