Last week, it was confirmed that a new documentary chronicling the making of Green Day’s American Idiot would be released in theaters in October. Now, fans of the California trio have been given the chance to get a first look at the documentary with the release of the first trailer for the “roc doc.”
Very much like the press release from director John Roecker, the trailer showcases how Roecker received a call from Green Day frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong asking if he would be interested in recording the band in the studio as they worked on their brand new album. The documentary follows the group for the nine months it took to record the album that would eventually American Idiot. The documentary will also include an intimate, never-before-seen concert the band threw.
At the time of the recording, none of them knew what to expect from the album that would go on to not only win a Grammy, but also become a Broadway musical, earning them two Tony Awards. The irony of it becoming a Broadway musical is not wasted on anyone who watched the trailer.
Towards the end of the video, drummer Tre Cool is asked if the band had ever though about turning the album into “some kind of theatrical event or movie.” Cool responds with a simple “no.” Fast forward a decade later and as well all know, the album went on to become a theatrical event that is currently touring the country. Check out the trailer for Heart Like a Hand Grenade below.
While the documentary takes a look at the album from the past, the group is reportedly working on some new music. Back in April, frequent collaborator and longtime producer Rob Cavallo revealed that Armstrong had written five songs which “were just fantastic. He is absolutely at the top of his game. Fans can be sure that when they do return, the music will be amazing.”
Heart Like a Hand Grenade will hit theaters on Oct. 15. For more information, check out the film’s website.