Weeks before the pandemic locked down the country, Green Day released Father of All Motherfuckers, a loose album that failed to live up to the expectations of even the most generous Green Day fan. The record was meant to build anticipation for the Hella Mega Tour with Weezer and Fall Out Boy. Three years later, things are much different.
Billie Joe Armstrong released an album of cover songs for fun and the Hella Mega Tour became one of the biggest post-pandemic events in the world. The tidal wave of energy and excitement following them is ready to be channeled into a new album, especially considering how active Billie Joe was during that time period.
Rock opera or not, Green Day are in the perfect position to capitalize on the experience of being one of the first touring events post-pandemic. If recent single “Pollyanna” is any indication, the band are leaning heavier into their pop sound and delving into a more positive mindset.
by Kyle Schultz