Billie Joe Armstrong’s the Longshot release debut album

Last week, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong confirmed he had been working on a side project named the Longshot after months of cryptic posts on social media. Along with the formal announcement, the musician also released three songs from the act’s soon-to-be-released debut album. While the caption on the band’s official Instagram profile made it seem like the album would not see the light of day for quite a while, the note turned out to be a distraction.

On Friday (April 20), the Longshot released their debut album, Love is for Losers. The record features a total of 11 songs including the three tracks that were previously released (“Taxi Driver,” “Chasing a Ghost,” and “Love is for Losers”). Currently, the full album is streaming on Spotify while it can be purchased on all digital service providers.

In addition to streaming the new album in full, Armstrong and company unleashed the official music video for “Love is for Losers.” The almost-three-minute clip finds the band performing the song in what looks to be a casino sign graveyard. Watch the full clip above.

The official announcements about the Longshot come several months after posts about them began to surface on Armstrong’s official social media accounts. One of the group’s first posts on Instagram was an image of white paper with black words scribbled on it. As it turns out, those words were the track listing for Love is for Losers.

The Longshot join Foxboro Hot Tubs, SWMRS, Pinhead Gunpowder, and the Armstrongs on Armstrong’s long list of side projects.

Listen: Billie Joe Armstrong’s the Longshot drop new EP

“What is up with all the cryptic messages Billie Joe Armstrong has been posting on Instagram?”

This may be one of the many questions fans of the Green Day frontman have been asking for weeks. On Thursday (April 12), longtime followers finally got an answer when the musician unveiled he has been working on a side project named the Longshot. In addition to confirming the name of his side band, Armstrong also released the group’s self-titled EP.

The three-song EP comes as a huge surprise to anyone who has been following the cryptic clues left behind by Armstrong. The new music was not only quietly released on a Wednesday (new music is typically released on Fridays), but there was also no prior announcement.

While the three songs can be found on a wide variety of DSPs, the tunes are currently streaming on YouTube. Listen to “Love is for Losers” above.

Back in February, the band posted an image on their official Instagram page which featured what appeared to be four song titles; “Taxi Driver,” “Love is for Losers,” “Chasing a Ghost,” and “Body Bag.” As it turns out, three of those scribbled-down titles ended up becoming the songs featured on the recently released record.

For those wondering whether or not this will be a full-time thing for Armstrong or if a complete studio album will come in the near future, a caption on the band’s Instagram says it all. “New album ‘Love is for Losers’ coming eventually sooner or later. Probably sooner.”

While we now have a total of three songs from the Longshot, there is still a lot questions listeners have including who is officially in the band (aside from Armstrong of course). There is some speculation that Armstrong’s son, Joey, is the drummer thanks to an Instagram posting, but no confirmation has been made.

This isn’t Armstrong’s first time pursuing a side project during Green Day’s down time. To date, he’s been a part of the Foxboro Hot Tubs, SWMRS, and Pinhead Gunpowder while also joining forces with Rancid’s Tim Armstrong (no relation) to form the Armstrongs.

Watch Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong’s film acting debut

We already know that Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong is a singer, writer, guitarist, among other things, but now, the frontman can officially add “film actor” to his lengthy resume. For months, publications have been reporting about Armstrong’s venture into the film world with the upcoming indie release, Ordinary World (previously titled Geezer). On Thursday (Sept. 15), the first officially trailer for the movie was released (for those not present at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year).

In the two-and-a-half minute trailer, Armstrong plays Perry Miller; an ordinary man with an ordinary life, working at his family’s hardware store. He passes his days reminiscing about his life in his punk band which is currently in the middle of an indefinite hiatus. The film happens to take place around/on his 40th birthday which his wife and daughter forget about. Instead of wallowing in pity, his brother decides to help him celebrate the occasion by giving him money to throw a massive blowout at a fancy hotel which results in him not only destroying the place, but also thinking about life and where it’s going.

In addition to starring in the film, Armstrong also contributed original music which was exclusively written for the movie. Check out the clip for Ordinary World below, while we continue to hope that Armstrong’s band mates, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool, make some special cameos.

Ordinary World originally premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. After being acquired by Universal Pictures, the film was given an official release date of Oct. 14 at limited theaters around the country. For those not able to see it at their local megaplex, the film will also be released worldwide through OnDemand.

A week before the movie’s official release, Armstrong will have another debut on his hands. Green Day is set to release their 12th studio album, Revolution Radio, on Oct. 7 through Reprise Records. Following the album’s release, the group will hit the road for a lengthy tour across the country and overseas. The complete list of tour dates can be seen here.

Punk Greats Join Forces for a Good Cause

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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Green Day might be going head to head for a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but that doesn’t mean the two punk icons can’t join forces for a good cause.

At the Little Kids Rock Benefit which took place last night at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, Joan Jett was named “Rocker of the Year” a well deserved honor considering Jett’s contribution to the world of punk music. Jett performed at the benefit, but not without a little help from Green Day frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong.

Instead of picking a mainstream, well-known song from either of their lengthy catalogs, Jett and Armstrong went on to perform a song titled, “Don’t Abuse Me.” “Don’t Abuse Me” might not be a widely known song, but it was featured on Jett’s 1980’s album Bad Reputation.

Check out the joint performance below.

The Little Kids Rock Benefit is an event held every year since 2009. The event honors rock greats who help support music education in public schools; a stance that many musicians have taken. Since its creation, the foundation has raised millions of dollars to the cause.

Billie Joe Armstrong: Movie Star?

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Ever think you’d see the day when the frontman of a punk rock band would go from the stage to the theater screen Well, honestly, it has been a trend that many musicians are doing, but did you ever picture that Green Day frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong would follow in suit?

Well, today it was indeed confirmed that Armstrong is set to hit the big screen in an indie film titled, Like Sunday, Like Rain. The film, which will star Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester, tells the story of a struggling musician who becomes the guardian of a 12-year-old music prodigy. In a surprising move, Armstrong will actually be taking on the role of Meester’s boyfriend.

Armstrong though, is not new to being featured in films; he’s appeared in several movies in small parts such as Penny Marshall’s Riding in Cars With Boys and Judd Apatow’s This Is 40. This December, he’ll be adding another cameo to his long list, appearing in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

Even after having a full meltdown last year during the annual iHeartRadio Concert in Las Vegas, it looks like Armstrong cleaned up his act during his stint in rehab. This year, he will be releasing two different documentaries. The first one will chronicle Green Day’s efforts into making 2012’s ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! album trilogy; fittingly enough, the documentary will be titled, ¡Cuatro! .

The second documentary will focus on what it took to turn the band’s 2004 hit album, American Idiot, into the Broadway show, Broadway Idiot which is due out sometime in October.

Now who said the punks can’t be movie star?

Green Day Performs ‘Dookie’ in Full

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Green Day has been one of the pioneers of bringing the sound of pop-punk to the forefront of mainstream. The album that helped catapult them into that limelight of top 100 tracks and mainstream award shows could easily have been 1994’s Dookie.

Dookie which gave fans a laundry list of hit singles such as “When I Come Around,” “Basketcase,” “Welcome to Paradise” and personal favorite, “Longview” became one of Green Day’s biggest hit album with the exception of 2004’s American Idiot.

During their show in the UK at the Brixton Academy, the band did something that is not very common and has probably never happened before; they went ahead and performed Dookie in its entirety.

At the beginning of the video, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong reminds or informs fans, that the album will be celebrating twenty years since its released which would happen in February of next year (February 1, 2014 to be exact).

While the video might be shaky and not exactly high quality, it doesn’t take away the fact that Armstrong along with guitarist Mike Dirnt, drummer Tré Cool and backing vocals/guitarist Jason White, still know how to bring that album to life and remind everyone why it helped make them who they are today in the music world.

Watch the full half an hour show below:

Since there have been a lot of anniversary tour happening lately, do you think Green Day will go ahead and do a Dookie 20th Anniversary tour? If so, who’s down for going?

Green Day Documentary to Premiere at SXSW

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Green Day will be premiering their documentary, Broadway Idiot at the South By Southwest Film Festival in March. The documentary follows singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, as he makes his cross over into Broadway musicals and turns the band’s 2004 hit album, American Idiot into a stage adaptation.

Broadway Idiot is not the only Green Day documentary to debut at the festival; the band will also be debuting  ¡Cuatro! which follows the band as they make their recent trilogy series¡Uno!,¡Dos! and ¡Tré!

Green Day will be heading back on tour to make up for the cancelled tour dates last year after Armstrong had a meltdown on stage at the iHeartRadio festival which resulted in him heading to rehab. To see their full list of tour dates, head on over to their website.