BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG BLASTS BACK AT GREEN DAY BREAK-UP RUMORS
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has pushed back against fan speculation that the band could be breaking up, following Armstrong's surprise release of the debut album from his new project The Longshot. Armstrong wrote at the latter act's Instagram account, "Some of you are asking about Green Day and if there’s anything wrong, or if we’re breaking up. The answer is no. I am having some fun with some of my friends."
Armstrong continued, "I am what you call ‘a musician.' Some people have a hard time calling it that sometimes. With that said, shut the f**k up. You’re a f**king whiner, and I’m playing music because that’s what I’m supposed to do. That’s what people that play guitar, and drums, and bass, and they sing -- this is what we do.”
- The singer/guitarist added, "So if you don’t like it, then f**k off. And if you do like it, come along, because it’s a lot of fun. All right? Have a pleasant day."
- The Longshot's debut LP, Love Is For Losers, arrived on April 20th, along with a music video for the title track.
- Armstrong began teasing the new act earlier this month on Instagram. Prior to releasing the album, he shared three songs on April 13th and hit the stage with The Longshot for the first time that same weekend.
- Green Day has been on a break since completing the tour cycle for its 2016 album Revolution Radio. The band has reportedly been working with HBO on the film version of its 2004 punk opera American Idiot.
Story source: Billboard
SIDE NOTES: A campaign has been launched to make Green Day‘s song "American Idiot" Number One on the U.K. chart in protest against Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to that country on July 13th. The Facebook initiative has so far received more than 8,600 likes and 11,000 shares. Billie Joe Armstrong has shared the campaign to his personal Instagram account. (NME)
CHECK IT OUT: Watch Billie Joe's remarks about Green Day on Instagram (warning - explicit language):
TOOL PREVIEWS NEW SONG IN MUSIC CLINIC VIDEO
The instrumental members of Tool have released a trailer for their upcoming music clinic appearances that features snippets of music from the new song "Descending," which the group has been playing live over the last few years. The track is expected to appear on the band's long-awaited new album, which Tool has been tracking for the last month and a half.
The music clinics will see drummer Danny Carey, bassist Justin Chancellor and guitarist Adam Jones give live performances and offer fans the opportunity to meet them, have their photograph taken with them and take part in Q&A sessions. Singer Maynard James Keenan will not participate in the events.
- A total of eight clinics are scheduled, starting on May 11th in St. Paul and heading to Chicago, Indianapolis, Royal Oak, Michigan, Columbus, Ohio, Cleveland and Pittsburgh before finishing in Philadelphia on May 23rd.
- Collectable merchandise will also be on hand, along with a display of rare Tool memorabilia. Tickets start from $500 and are now available.
- Keenan revealed on Twitter last week that he had finished writing the lyrics and melodies for the follow-up to 2006's 10,000 Days, which the band is recording with producer Joe Barresi.
- Keenan wrote, "My work is done. Waiting on them to track. Then I can finish. Can't track to music that isn't recorded."
- The singer will also tour this year with A Perfect Circle, whose new album Eat The Elephant is out now.
Story source: LouderSound
CHECK IT OUT: Watch the Tool clinic trailer:
IN THIS MOMENT TEAMS WITH ROB HALFORD FOR NEW SONG/VIDEO
In This Moment has released the official music video for the song "Black Wedding." The track, which features a guest appearance by Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, is taken from In This Moment's latest album, Ritual, which came out last July. The clip was co-directed by frontwoman Maria Brink and features a dark take on the traditional matrimonial ceremony, with Halford making an appearance as a priest.