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Green Day in the Studio Recording Three Albums at Once

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Green Day currently are working on a trilogy of albums to follow-up their 2009 release, ’21st Century Breakdown.’ The three discs — titled, appropriately, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! — are slated for release on Sept. 25, 2012, Nov. 13, 2012, and Jan. 15, 2013, respectively. The trio is shacked up with longtime producer Rob Cavallo in its hometown of Oakland, Calif.

“We are at the most prolific and creative time in our lives.  This is the best music we’ve ever written, and the songs just keep coming,” said the members of Green Day in a joint statement. “Instead of making one album, we are making a three-album trilogy.  Every song has the power and energy that represents Green Day on all emotional levels.  We just can’t help ourselves … We are going epic as f—!”

They aren’t kidding with that last statement. Green Day’s last two albums — 2004’s multi-platinum ‘American Idiot’ and the platinum-certified ’21st Century Breakdown’ — were both sprawling rock operas, so we’ve been curious as to how they would try to top them in terms of ambition. Apparently, the answer is to record three albums at once and release them in quick succession. Pretty f—ing epic, indeed.

Green Day have been holed up since February working on the releases, and over the course of those three months have treated fans to a series of videos shot in the studio. The latest one, which surfaced just a few days ago, featured frontman Billie Joe Armstrong boldly proclaiming that the band is “dealing with … a new sound, and it’s f—ing with my head.”

The band will take a break Saturday when they welcome Guns N’ Roses into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio. They also have a handful of overseas festival appearances lined up, kicking off Aug. 18-19 with appearances at the Summer Sonic festival in Japan. Check out their complete 2012 itinerary here.


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