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Green Day Share Details About Amy Winehouse Tribute Song

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”I didn’t know her, I just thought it was a real tragic loss,” Billie Joe Armstrong says of Amy Winehouse, who passed away a year ago this week at the tender age of 27. Armstrong’s band Green Day have a trio of albums coming out in the next year, and one of those discs features a tribute to Winehouse titled simply ‘Amy’ that also serves as a warning about the dangers of following the hard-living path she was known for following.

“It’s interesting because if you think about [the album], it’s a party record and so at the end of it maybe ‘Amy’ kind of comes across as the consequences of the party,” adds Armstrong, speaking to NME.  The three albums are titled ‘¡Uno!’, ‘¡Dos!’ and ‘¡Tre!’ and are scheduled to drop between this September and January of next year.

”I just thought her music and her taste in music was so connected to old soul music and the original Motown and Otis Redding and Sam Cooke and things like that,” continues Armstrong. ”I think [her death] was a major loss because that was a generation’s connection to that, and this was someone who should be here now and I just felt really sad.”

Green Day debuted ‘Amy’ at an intimate club show last August in Costa Mesa, Calif., during which they performed a total of 15 songs, most of which are expected to be featured on the trilogy. Listen to the live performance of the tribute tune here.

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