Watch Green Day get framed for a bank robbery in ‘Bang Bang’

A week after unveiling a second song off of their upcoming 12th studio record, Green Day has returned. On Tuesday (Sept. 13), the California punks unleashed the music video for the album’s lead single, “Bang Bang.” The Tim Armstrong-directed clip kicks off with a trio of bank robbers staking out a bank. Like true bank robbers, they enter the bank dressed in gray jumpsuits and masks that look like the guys from Green Day.

As the trio hold up the bank, the footage cuts to the real Green Day performing inside of what appears to be a dimly lit house. As the band performs in the house, the robbers go about having the tellers fill up their backpacks with cash. As the trio makes a run for it to their getaway Jeep, the news begins to report that Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool robbed the bank, though the viewer knows better. Check out the video for “Bang Bang” here.

“Bang Bang” will join title track, and second single, “Revolution Radio” on the band’s upcoming album. Revolution Radio is set to be on Oct. 7 through Reprise Records with pre-orders currently available on Green Day’s website.

Revolution Radio marks the first set of new tunes from Green Day since the release of 2012’s Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! trilogy. In addition to giving fans another new song from the album, Green Day also announced an extensive world tour last week. The complete touring schedule, which will begin in October and go all the way into next summer, can be found here.

Green Day announce new album with new single

Last Monday, Green Day made headlines when frontman Billie Joe Armstrong posted on Twitter that the group was going to release a new song soon. Almost two weeks later, the California punks have debuted their brand new single. On Thursday (Aug. 11), the trio released their brand new song (their first in four years) “BANG BANG.”

In addition to the new song, the group also announced the release of their twelfth studio album. The new record will be titled Revolution Radio, confirming some speculation from fans. Revolution Radio is set to be released on Oct. 7 through Reprise Records. Unlike many of their previous record, the trio decided to self-produce the record like they did with 2000’s Warning. For now, check out the lyric video for “BANG BANG” below.

In conjunction with the release of “BANG BANG” and the new record announcement, Armstrong sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss the new album, the inspiration behind the album’s lead track, and everything that has happened since their “break” began.

As per Armstrong, “BANG BANG” is told from the perspective of a mass shooter. “It’s about the culture of mass shooting that happens in America mixed with narcissistic social media,” Armstrong begins to explain to the publication. “There’s this sort of rage happening, but it’s also now being filmed and we all have ourselves under surveillance. To me, that is so twisted to get into the brain of someone like that was freaky. It freaked me out. After I wrote it, all I wanted to do was get that out of my brain because it just freaked me out.”

But that’s not all the record will be tackling. Now that the political season is in high-gear, Armstrong also admits that some of that leaked into the album’s writing. “I can only go from my own personal life, but this is the most chaos I’ve ever seen in an election. It’s just so freaky. I don’t want to add more of the outrage or anger. I’d just try to reflect it.” To read Armstrong’s full interview, head on over here.

Pre-orders for Revolution Radio are currently available on Green Day’s website while the complete track list and album art for the album can be seen below. Revolution Radio will be Green Day’s first album since 2012’s trilogy, ‘Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! While not a full album, the band did release a Christmas tune titled “Xmas Time of Year” last December.


REVOLUTION RADIO TRACKLISTING:

01. “Somewhere Now”
02. “Bang Bang”
03. “Revolution Radio”
04. “Say Goodbye”
05. “Outlaws”
06. “Bouncing Off the Wall”
07. “Still Breathing”
08. “Youngblood”
09. “Too Dumb to Die”
10. “Troubled Times”
11. “Forever Now”
12. “Ordinary World”

Green Day tease new music

It’s been a few years since Green Day released any new music, but now, it sounds like things are about to change. On Monday (Aug. 1), frontman Billie Joe Armstrong took to Twitter to unveil that the group will be releasing a new song soon. “Dear friends! Green Day is putting out a new single called “BANG BANG” August 11. Stay tuned for more details.” Along with the new song announcement, Armstrong also posted a new, black-and-white image of the band (as seen above).

The new song news comes over a year after it was first revealed that the group was working on some new tunes. During an interview in April of 2015, frequent collaborator and longtime producer Rob Cavallo revealed that Armstrong had written a total of five songs at that point. “Let me tell you, they 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,” Cavallo was quoted as saying. No other details were given, especially if the new song would be the first single off of an impending new album.

The “BANG BANG” announcement comes a year after the California punks made headlines. Last October, the band released their rock documentary, Heart Like a Hand Grenade. The documentary followed the trio for nine months as they recorded an album that would eventually become 2004’s hit record (and Broadway show), American Idiot. Besides all the behind-the-scenes clips of the group working on the new album, the film also included an intimate, never-before-seen concert the band thew.

Green Day’s last musical release was 2012’s trilogy, ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!, though some might argue that last December’s surprise Christmas single, “Xmas Time of Year,” would count.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z Release Pre-“On The Run” Short Film

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With rumors of infidelity, pregnancy, and we can’t forget that now famous elevator video, Beyoncé and Jay-Z have had one headline worthy and packed summer which also included that little “On the Run” Tour which is where talks of a potential break-up stemmed from.

Like it was reported months ago, the power couple had decided to film their Paris shows at the Stade de France this past weekend (Sept. 12 and 13) for an HBO special titled, On the Run: Beyoncé and Jay-Z. In conjunction with the special which is slated to premiere this Saturday, Sept. 20, the duo have teamed up with director Dikayl Rimmasch to release a series of cinematic short films.

The three-part series is titled Bang Bang (not to be confused with the Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj collaboration) and heavily draws inspiration from Bonnie and Clyde. The series portrays the performers as the famed outlaws which we all know the two like since their first collaboration was called “’03 Bonnie and Clyde” and their tour was named “On the Run.”

In an interview Rimmasch expressed what the couple were trying to portray int eh video saying, “We’re not trying to do this literally, it’s not that we’re Bonnie and Clyde. We’re on the run from everything. On the run from becoming a cliche. On the run from doing the same thing again.”

But when you’re banking as much as you are for these shows, it’s kind of hard to do the same thing again.