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.

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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 bring color to a drab world in ‘Back in the USA’

Last month, Green Day announced plans to unleash a brand new greatest hits album and now that the album is here, so is the music video for the record’s only new track. On Friday (Nov. 17), the iconic California-based band unleashed their politically charged music video for “Back in the USA.” The video begins with the trio living their lives in a very oblivious, “Leave it to Beaver” lifestyle.

About 15 seconds into the clip, the narrator is heard foreshadowing what is about to happen in the music video. “They don’t know it yet, but their lives will soon change forever because they’re about to see the truth.”

Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is sitting at home with this “wife” and “son” when there is a knock on the door. A salesperson is at the door selling some glasses. When Armstrong puts the glasses on, he sees color and the truth as opposed to the gray-scale and lies he is accustom to. Not being able to keep his discovery a secret, he calls over bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool to show off the glasses. As Cool and Dirnt try on the glasses, posters that cover the room begin to read things like “conform” and “consume” while the television showcases the headline “President to Lie to Nation Tomorrow Night!”

The next day, the guys concoct a plan to break into the news station where the president’s address will take place to show the public the truth and bring back color into their otherwise gray world. As they sneak in dressed as Secret Service agents, the guys put the truth glasses on the camera revealing a gross, zombified, liar of a president at the podium. As the band takes over the stage and the zombie president is rushed off by the real agents, color begins to seep back and the public’s eyes are opened once again to the truth.

Watch the music video for “Back in the USA” above.

“Back in the USA” is featured on Green Day’s latest greatest hits album, God’s Favorite Band. The record includes a slew of the band’s biggest hits as well as the new version of “Ordinary World” featuring country music superstar Miranda Lambert.

Green Day, Stevie Wonder, The Killers to headline the Global Citizen Festival

Green Day, the Killers, and Stevie Wonder are just some of the big names set to invade New York City later this year for the 2017 Global Citizen Festival. On Tuesday (Aug. 1), the annual, good-cause music festival announced a diverse lineup for the 2017 incarnation of the musical event. Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, Andra Day, the Lumineers, Alessia Cara, and the Chainsmokers will also be featured on the lengthy bill. According to a press release from the music festival, more special guests will be announced over the upcoming weeks.

The goal of the Global Citizen organization is to ask their followers, referred to as Global Citizens, to hold their leaders accountable for major world issues. Prior to the big concert event, Global Citizen will be campaigning to create major changes in the areas of education, food security, healthcare, gender equality, and sanitation. In addition to that, the group also aims to end poverty, take on climate change, and fight all kinds of inequalities by 2030.

“We’re grateful to be a part of this year’s Global Citizen Festival,” begins Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong in a statement. “American aid programs make a significant difference in the betterment of lives at home and around the world, and we should all want these programs to become stronger, not weaker. We all play a part in seeing this mission through and it starts with calling on all our leaders.”

“In this crucial time, there is nothing more exciting to me than having the honor of giving my gift of song, words and motivation to the Global Citizen Festival,” said two-time performer Stevie Wonder. “When we commit ourselves to life issues, we are showing love of the Most High. I was, I am and will always be, a citizen connected to the spirit of everyone on this planet moving forward. Let’s go!”

“We can’t wait to get back to our hometown of New York City and play for 60,000 people who have done amazing things to change the world,” begins the Chainsmokers’ statement. “We are so thankful to our fans for getting online and taking action to support less fortunate people around the world. We’ll see you on Sept. 23!”

The 2017 Global Citizen Festival will take place on Sept. 23 at New York’s Central Park. According to the music festival’s website, they are expecting approximately 60,000 Global Citizens to attend the musical event. Like the past years, tickets for the show will be distributed via a lottery system. Fans can get involved and informed on how to become a Global Citizen by checking out the music festival’s website here.

Watch Green Day channel their past with ‘Revolution Radio’

With the North American leg of their Revolution Radio tour on the horizon, Green Day has taken a break from their live shows to give fans a new music video. On Tuesday (June 13), the California-founded band released the music video for their latest single, and album’s title track, “Revolution Radio.” The music video combines archival footage and new footage of the band performing at 924 Gilman Street, the Berkeley punk venue where the group formed.

About two minutes into the clip, there is a blink-and-you-miss-it reference to the band’s original name, Sweet children, which appear painted in white on a wooden plank. Even with the almost 30-year difference and some changes like the guys’ hair color and age, some things do remain the same like 924 Gilman Street’s interior is the same and Green Day can still put on a show. Watch the music video for “Revolution Radio” above.

“Revolution Radio” is featured on Green Day’s recently released record by the same name. The record was released last October through Reprise Records and instantly earned the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

In support of Revolution Radio, Green Day will hit the road this summer for a massive summer tour. The North American leg of the Revolution Radio tour will kick off on Aug. 1 at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Washington and wrap up on Sept. 13 at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California. United Kingdom-founded act, Catfish and the Bottlemen, will open for Green Day during the full excursion. The complete list of tour dates can be seen here.

2017 Alternative Press Music Awards nominees announced

 

Last week, Alternative Press confirmed the first wave of artists set to hit the stage during the 2017 Alternative Press Music Awards set to take place this summer. On Tuesday (April 25), the rock-centric publication unveiled the list of categories and nominees for the summertime music awards show. In addition to the typical categories such as “Artist of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” and “Best Music Video,” the fourth incarnation of the annual awards show added two new categories to the list; “Best Hard Rock Artist” and “Best New Artist.”

“This year’s nominations are from a very diverse pool of artists, probably the most diverse we’ve ever had,” said Alternative Press founder and CEO Mike Shea. “We are representing genres from alternative to indie pop to hard rock to metal – all of whose nominations showcase the best in their field as chosen by a pool of input from fans, music industry VIPs, and the staff at Alternative Press.”

Fans can currently go to Alternative Press’ website and vote for their favorite artists in all the categories. Voting is officially underway with the polls closing on Friday, June 30.  Tickets for the awards show are also available on the publication’s website.

In addition to adding new categories and featuring a more diverse list of performers, this year will also mark the first time in two years that the awards show has changed hosts. Earlier this year, the publication released a short clip featuring previous 2015 and 2016 hosts Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat from All Time Low, handing over the APMAs hosting mantle over to Black Veil Brides/Andy Black leader, Andy Biersack.

The 2017 Alternative Press Music Awards is set to take place on July 17 at the Quicken Loans Arena in the publication’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Previously announced acts including All Time Low, New Years Day, Sleeping with Sirens, Pierce the Veil, The Pretty Reckless, Bone Thugs (the extension of Bone Thugs N Harmony), Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Against Me!, Machine Gun Kelly, and Korn were confirmed to hit the stage during this year’s festivities.

For now, the complete list of nominees can be seen below.

Artist of the Year
A Day to Remember
Blink-182
Fall Out Boy
Good Charlotte
Green Day
Machine Gun Kelly
Panic! at the Disco
Pierce the Veil
Sum 41
The Pretty Reckless

Album of the Year
Andy Black, The Shadow Side
Tonight Alive, Limitless
Architects U.K., All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us
Atilla, Chaos
Beartooth, Aggressive
Every Tie I Die, Low Teens
I Prevail, Lifelines
Moose Blood, Blush
Pierce the Veil, Misadventures
Waterparks, Double Dare

Song of the Year
A Day to Remember, “Paranoia”
Andy Black, “We Don’t Have to Dance”
Pierce the Veil, “Circles”
Machine Gun Kelly, “Alpha Omega”
Real Friends, “Mess”
Waterparks, “Stupid for You”

Most Dedicated Fanbase
Melanie Martinez
Motionless in White
Paramore
PVRIS
Sleeping with Sirens
Twenty One Pilots

Best Vocalist
Ben Barlow, Neck Deep
Cody Carson, Set It Off
Derek DiScanio, State Champs
John O’Callaghan, The Maine
Keith Buckley, Every Time I Die
Lynn Gunn, PVRIS

Best Drummer
Arejay Hale, Halestorm
Aric Improta, Night Verses
Dean Butterworth, Good Charlotte
Frank Zummo, Sum 41
Matt Mingus, Dance Gavin Dance
JP “Rook” Cappelletty, Machine Gun Kelly

Best Bassist
Alex Dean, Architects U.K.
Chris Hinkley, I the Mighty
Fat Mike, NOFX
“Fieldy” Arvizu, Korn
Ryan Scott Graham, State Champs
Sergio Vega, Deftones

Best Guitarist
Ben Weinman, The Dillinger Escape Plan
Claudio Sanchez, Coheed and Cambria
Jordan Buckley, Every Time I Die
Reba Meyers, Code Orange
Steve Menoian, I Prevail
Teppei Teranishi, Thrice

Best Hard Rock Artist
Bullet for My Valentine
Halestorm
Highly Suspect
In This Moment
Korn
The Pretty Reckless

Best Live Band
Beartooth
Dance Gavin Dance
Falling in Reverse
In This Moment
Issues
NOFX

Best Underground Band
Broadside
Knocked Loose
Movements
Palaye Royale
Silent Planet
With Confidence

Breakthrough Band
Avatar
Creeper
Ice Nine Kills
One OK Rock
Moose Blood
Waterparks

Best Music Video
Highly Suspect, “Bloodfeather”
I See Stars, “Calm Snow”
Korn, “Insane”
Memphis May Fire, “This Light I Hold” (featuring Jacoby Shaddix)
State Champs, “Losing Myself”
Sum 41, “Fake My Own Death”

Best New Artist Music Video
K.Flay, “Blood In The Cut”
PUP, “Sleep in the Heat”
SWMRS, “Palm Trees”
Tiny Moving Parts, “Common Cold”
Watsky, “Don’t Be Nice”
With Confidence, “Voldemort”

Green Day announces ‘Revolution Radio’ summer tour

To say the final months of 2016 were a good couple of months for Green Day may be an understatement. In August, they announced plans to release their twelfth studio album and a month later released said album. Then, a few days before the album’s official release, the band revealed a lengthy tour schedule that would find them touring through the rest of 2016 and straight into 2017.

On Monday (Jan. 9), the California punks announced plans to keep the “Revolution Radio” tour going straight through the summer. Green Day’s “Revolution Radio” summer tour will kick off on Aug. 1 at the White River Amphitheatre and wrap up on Sept. 13 at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, Calif. According to reports, a couple of more tout dates will be announced including a stop at Wrigley Field in Chicago and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Hitting the North American road alongside Green Day for the 24-date tour will be United Kingdom act, Catfish and the Bottlemen.

Members of Green Day’s Idiot Nation will get the opportunity to buy pre-sale tickets beginning this Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m. local time. General public ticket sales will go on sale beginning this Friday, Jan. 13. VIP packages will be available for all the newly added tour stops.

On Tuesday, Jan. 10, Green Day will begin the European leg of the “Revolution Radio” tour. Their first stop will take place at the Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy. The complete list of previously announced tour dates can be found here while the newly announced “Revolution Radio” tour dates can be seen below.

GREEN DAY’S SUMMER REVRAD TOUR DATES:

8/01 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre^
8/02 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center^
8/05 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum^
8/07 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre^
8/09 – Englewood, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre^
8/11 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center^
8/12 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center^
8/14 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre^
8/16 – Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center^
8/18 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage^
8/20 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center^
8/21 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center^
8/26 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center^
8/28 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center^
8/29 – Hartford, CT @ The XFINITY Theatre^
8/31 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion^
9/01 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek^
9/03 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre^
9/05 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre^
9/06 – Orange Beach, AL @ The Wharf Amphitheater^
9/08 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center^
9/09 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater^
9/11 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater^
9/13 – Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre^

^ with Catfish and the Bottlemen

Green Day releases music video for ‘Still Breathing’

Fresh off giving two outstanding performances at the MTV European Music Awards, Green Day has offered fans the music video for their latest single. On Monday (Nov. 7), the California-based band released the music video for their melancholy track, “Still Breathing.” Staying true to the sad tones of the song, the video follows a several people, including band members Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool, at a low point in their day. Watch the music video for “Still Breathing” below.

“Still Breathing” is featured on Green Day’s recently released record, Revolution Radio. The new album, the band’s 12th, earned the group the top spot on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, Alternative Albums chart, and Top Rock Albums chart.

Last month, the band announced a new set of tour dates to their “Revolution Radio” world tour. The new dates are set to kick off on March 1, 2017 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ and wrap up a little over a month later on April 8, 2017 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA. Florida-founded punk band Against Me! will join Green Day for the full month-long excursion. The complete list of tour dates can be found here.

Green Day announces tour with Against Me!

Days after releasing their highly anticipated 12th studio album, Green Day has returned with more good news for their longtime fans. On Monday (Oct. 10), the California punks announced the addition of more tour dates for their current “Revolution Radio” world tour. The trek, which officially kicked off last month in Ohio, will find the trio returning to North America in 2017. The newly added North American dates will kick off on March 1, 2017 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ and wrap up a little over a month later on April 8, 2017 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA.

Florida-founded punk band Against Me! will join Green Day for the full month-long excursion. Tickets for the new tour stops will officially go on sale beginning this week. Members of Green Day’s Idiot Nation will be given the opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public. Idiot Nation pre-sales will begin this Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 9 a.m. local time. Once the Idiot Nation pre-sales conclude, the general public will be able to purchase tickets. General ticket sales will begin this Friday, Oct. 14. For more information about the newly added tour dates, head on over to Green Day’s website. For now, the complete tour itinerary for Green Day’s “Revolution Radio” world tour can be seen below.

Green Day 2016-2017 Tour Dates:

Oct. 17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
Oct. 20 – Berkeley, CA @ UC Theatre
Oct. 23 – Chicago, IL @ Aargon Ballroom
Oct. 24 – Detroit, MI @ Fillmore
Oct. 26 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Jan. 10 – Turin, IT @ Pala Alpitour
Jan. 11 – Florence, IT @ Mandela Forum
Jan. 13 – Bologna, IT @ Unipol Arena
Jan. 14 – Milan, IT @ Mediolanum Forum
Jan. 16 – Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadion
Jan. 18 – Manheim, DE @ SAP Arena
Jan. 19 – Berlin, DE @ Mercedes-Benz Arena
Jan. 25 – Oslo, NO @ Spektrum
Jan. 27 – Stockholm, SE @ Stockholm Globe
Jan. 28 – Malmo, SE @ Malmo Arena
Jan. 30 – Cologne, DE @ Lanxesse Arena
Jan. 31 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
Feb. 02 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National
Feb. 03 – Paris, FR @ Accorhotels Arena
Feb. 05 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds First Direct Arena
Feb. 06 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
Feb. 08 – London, UK @ The O2

GREEN DAY 2017 REVOLUTION RADIO TOUR:

March 01 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena *
March 02 – El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Coliseum *
March 04 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center *
March 05 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center *
March 07 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center *
March 08 – North Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena *
March 10 – Duluth, GA @ Infinite Energy Center *
March 12 – Norfolk, VA @ Constant Convocation Center *
March 13 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center *
March 15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center *
March 17 – Worcester, MA @ DCU Center *
March 19 – London, ON @ Budweiser Gardens *
March 20 – Hamilton, ON @ First Ontario Centre *
March 22 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre *
March 23 – Quebec, QC @ Videotron Centre *
March 25 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center *
March 27 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena *
March 28 – Champaign, IL @ State Farm Center *
March 30 – Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center *
April 01 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center *
April 03 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Center *
April 05 – Bloomfield, CO @ 1stBank Center *
April 07 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena *
April 08 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center *

June 23 – Scheeßel, DE @ Hurricane Festival
June 24 – Tuttlingen, DE @ Southside Festival

*Tour dates with Against Me!

Green Day reschedule cancelled tour stops

A week after having to cancel the first four stops of their upcoming new tour, Green Day has unveiled the official rescheduled dates. On Monday (Sept. 26), the California punks revealed the new dates for three of the four cancelled show. Instead of the tour kicking off with the band visiting Chicago, Detroit, and St. Louis, the tour will now conclude with those rescheduled stops.

Instead of playing Chicago’s the Aragon Ballroom last Wednesday, Sept. 21, the band will play Chicago on Oct. 23. The Detroit stop has been rescheduled from last Saturday, Sept. 24, to Oct. 24 while the North American trek will wrap up with the band’s performance St. Louis’ The Pageant on Oct. 26. As per the band’s statement last week, “tickets will be honored at the new dates.” Check out the newly rescheduled tour dates below.

GREEN DAY 2016 FALL TOUR DATES:

09/26 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
09/28 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Theater
09/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre
10/01 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
10/03 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/08 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
10/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
10/20 – Berkeley, CA @ UC Theatre
10/23 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom (Rescheduled show)
10/24 – Detroit, MI @ Fillmore (Rescheduled show)
10/26 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant (Rescheduled show)

Last week, the band broke the news that the first four stops of the much-anticipated, intimate fall tour would be cancelled due to the band, and crew, becoming ill. “Green Day regretfully must postpone three of the first four dates of their upcoming tour and must cancel the Toronto appearance, all due to illness affecting several members of the band and its crew,” the band’s statement read. As the post claimed, three of the four dates were rescheduled with the exception of the Toronto stop.

The tour, which will officially kick off tonight at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH, is in support of Green Day’s upcoming 12th studio album, Revolution Radio. Revolution Radio will officially hit stores on Oct. 7 through Reprise Records.