Green Day Begin to Record New Album
News of a new Green Day album has circulated around since the summer, but the band appears to have entered the recording studio – at least if Bille Joe Armstrong’s Twitter is to be believed. Breaking the news to fans, he tweeted: "Happy Valentine's Day! Officially started recording the new record today. It's F--- TIME!!!!"
News outlets have taken this remark as a surefire indicator Green Day went back to the studio on February 14. MTV, on the other hand, points out the “F---” could indicate side project Foxboro Hot Tubs, and rather than putting together a follow-up release to 2009’s 21st Century Breakdown, they simply may be laying down parts for Foxboro.
Throughout 2011, the group began rolling out new material – all of which could possibly end up on an album. Or, it could simply end up as B-sides or live album filler. In August, the trio did a secret show—Armstrong announced it at the last minute on Twitter – at the Tiki Bar 1700 in Costa Mesa, Calif. Playing to a small crowd, Green Day introduced 15 new tracks, including a tribute to Amy Winehouse simply titled “Amy.” The band urged fans to forego recording, but new material still ended up on YouTube.
At the time, Armstrong said on Twitter: "We have been [sic] in jamming and writing new songs for the last few months. It felt great to play these new Green Day songs live and share our 'work in progress'.. Stay tuned for more!"
Then, Armstrong and co. did a second last-minute show at the 300-capacity Webster Hall in New York around Halloween. Considered a test of new material for the album, the group presented more polished tracks. The Halloween show, as well, is being documented as part of the album’s recording process.
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