What started as an expletive-filled onstage meltdown during Green Day's performance at the iHeart Radio Festival in Las Vegas back in September soon turned into much more, following reports that singer Billie Joe Armstrong had been shipped off to rehab to deal with undisclosed substance abuse issues in the wake of the gig.
Who could have guessed that Green Day’s antidote to the ambitious and pretentious concept albums that have occupied their past decade would turn out to be just as ambitious and pretentious? Even though they claimed that the trio of albums they’d be releasing within three months of each other would be back-to-basics collections of short, snappy songs, the entire notion of three-albums-in-three-months is more than just a little conceited.
'¡Tre!,' the third and final installment in the Green Day album trilogy that started with '¡Uno!' and '¡Dos!' is streaming at iHeartRadio ahead of its Dec. 11 release. '¡Tre!' originally wasn't supposed to drop until early next year, but the band pushed up its release schedule following the cancellation of a North American tour in the wake of frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's trip to rehab for undisclosed substance abuse issues.
What comes after '¡Uno!,' '¡Dos!' and '¡Tre!?' '¡Quatro!,' of course, although Green Day won't be following their new trilogy of albums with a fourth record. '¡Quatro!' announced today, will not be another album, but rather a documentary offering a behind-the-scenes look into the making-of '¡Uno!,' '¡Dos!' and '¡Tre!'
For a band whose first hit was a slacker anthem about getting high and beating off, Green Day sure have become an ambitious band over the past 10 years. First, they dropped a chart-topping rock opera stuffed with political, personal and sociological insight. Then, after a globe-conquering tour, they released another rock opera, crammed with even deeper perceptions about what makes people tick in the 21st century.
Just because frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is laying low in rehab, it doesn't mean Green Day aren't somehow being productive. Yesterday, the band posted '¡Dos!' -- the second album from their '¡Uno!,' '¡Dos!' and '¡Tre!' trilogy -- online for streaming, and now, they're premiering the video for 'Stray Heart,' the disc's first single.
Green Day are streaming '¡Dos!' -- the second album from their '¡Uno!,' '¡Dos!' and '¡Tre!' trilogy -- ahead of its scheduled Monday (Nov. 12) release. (Listen via Rolling Stone.) The disc's first single, 'Stray Heart,' was issued last month, followed shortly by an official video trailer for the 13-track disc.
Since their 1994 breakout album 'Dookie,' Green Day have been several things: old-school punk torchbearers, new-school punk pioneers, upholders of the rock opera, rock 'n' roll saviors and the band that does that song that you've heard at every high school graduation ceremony over the past decade. But most of all, they've been three bratty kids from California who've