Green Day’s Secret Recording Sessions–And Billie Joe’s Movie

You might have been as surprised as I was when Green Day suddenly announced the imminent release of their new Revolution Radio album. There was zero indication that the band was working on anything, let alone ready to issue a new record. Their secret sessions prove that even in the age of the Internet, it’s possible to keep things on the down low. Entertainment Weekly reports this:

We were trying to make the music and the voices in Billie’s head come to life. We didn’t tell anybody that we were recording, except our wives. We gave ourselves enough time and we weren’t watching the clock. That took the pressure off.

And there was more going on than just the making of an album. Billie Joe Armstrong has a movie coming out called Ordinary World. From Deadline Hollywood:

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group has set an October 14 day-and-date release for Ordinary World, fka Geezer, a comedic drama starring Billie Joe Armstrong that premiered at Tribeca in April. The Green Day frontman plays Perry, an aging former punk rocker who’s now a married father of two. He leads a sedate life in Queens until his brother (Chris Messina) gives him money to throw a huge 40th birthday rockstar bash in a fancy Manhattan hotel — a chance to get it out of his system. But Perry’s puck past clashes with his middle-age reality. Judy Greer, Selma Blair, Dallas Roberts, Fred Armisen, Brian Baumgartner and Kevin Corrigan also star in the pic from writer-director Lee Kirk.

Originary World

Revolution Radio will be out October 7 with Ordinary World‘s release coming a week later.

Meanwhile, Green Day has announced a club tour to promote Revolution Radio.

09/20

St. Louis, MO

The Pageant

09/21

Chicago, IL

Aragon Ballroom

09/23

Toronto, ON

World Cup of Hockey

09/24

Deroit, MI

Fillmore

09/26

Columbus, OH

Newport Music Hall

09/28

Sayreville, NJ

Starland Theater

09/29

Philadelphia, PA

Tower Theatre

10/01

Boston, MA

House of Blues

10/03

Washington, DC

9:30 Club

10/08

New York, NY

Webster Hall

10/17

Los Angeles, CA

Palladium

10/20

Berkeley, CA

UC Theatre

01/10

Turin, Italy

Pala Alpitour

01/11

Florence, Italy

Mandela Forum

01/13

Bologna, Italy

Unipol Arena

01/14

Milan, Italy

Mediolanum Forum

01/16

Zurich, Switzerland

Hallenstadion

01/18

Manheim, Germany

SAP Arena

01/19

Berlin, Germany

Mercedes Benz Arena

01/25

Oslo, Norway

Spektrum

01/27

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm Globe

01/28

Malmo, Sweden

Malmo Arena

01/30

Cologne, Germany

Lanxesse Arena

01/31

Amsterdam, Holland

Ziggo Dome

02/02

Brussels, Belgium

Forest National

02/03

Paris, France

Accorhotels Arena

02/05

Leeds, UK

Leeds First Direct Arena

02/06

Manchester, UK

Manchester Arena

02/08

London, UK

London The O2

06/23

Scheeßel, Germany

Hurricane Festival

06/24

Tuttlingen, Germany

Southside Festival

 

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Green Day’s Secret Recording Sessions–And Billie Joe’s Movie

  • September 5, 2016 at 10:26 pm
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    There was actually a lot of indication if you follow them closely as I do, including one of their touring musicians leaking around April that a tour was coming in the fall, the band teasing the #RevRad hashtag for months (fans had guessed it would be Revolution Radio months before it was ever revealed), studio pics on Instagram, etc.

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