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Green Day song is like “a unicorn falling out of the sky,” Billie Joe says

Following the announcement of the Hella Mega tour, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong dives into his search for a different sound with "Father Of All..."

September 11, 2019
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We’re still on cloud nine after Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer announced their Hella Mega tour. As we impatiently await this massive stadium tour in 2020, we at least have new music to hype us up and hold us over.

One of those tracks is Green Day’s “Father Of All…” which Billie Joe Armstrong compares to “a unicorn falling out of the sky.”

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In addition to the fire announcements, Green Day are issuing “Father Of All…” the lead track from their thirteenth studio record of the same name. The followup to 2016’s Revolution Radio is slated for release February 7, 2020 via Reprise/Warner with preorders available here.

“I knew I wanted to do something different,” Armstrong tells Rolling Stone in regards to his search for a new sound. “I’d always loved British mod music from the Sixties, but I wanted to go to where the source was and see if I could put [soul] through the Green Day filter. It was a lot of trial and error, a lot of pulling my fucking hair out.”

Armstrong was at home jamming with drummer Tre Cool when Cool began to play “a nasty fucking beat.” It didn’t take long for Armstrong to then come up with the title.

“I told my engineer, ‘I might look like a fucking idiot, but bear with me,’” Armstrong explains.

The song, he says “was like a unicorn falling out of the sky: ‘I don’t know what this is, I don’t know how I did it, but this is the direction I’m headed.’ ”

You can check out “Father Of All…” below.

The Hella Mega tour kicks off June 13 in Paris and will run throughout Europe, the U.K. and North America with the Interrupters as support. Green Day will be prefacing the tour with solo appearances in Europe and Asia.

American Express members can purchase beginning Monday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. local time through Thursday, Sept. 19 at 10 p.m. local time. Other presale options are available here.

The general public can purchase tickets beginning Friday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. local time at Ticketmaster.com. VIP packages will be available next week.

Green Day dates:

03/08 – Singapore, SG @ Singapore Indoor StadiUM
03/11 – Bangkok, TH @ Impact Arena
03/14 – Manila, PH @ Mall of Asia Arena
03/17 – Taipei, TW @ Taipei Arena
03/20 – Hong Kong, CN @ Asia World Expo
03/22 – Seoul, KR @ Jamsil Indoor Gym
03/25 – Osaka, JP @ Intex
03/27 – Tokyo, JP @ Makuhari, Messe
03/24 – Moscow, RU V Spartak Stadium
05/27 – Helsinki, FI @ Suvilhati
05/29 – Stockholm, SE @ Tele2 Arena
05/31 – Alesund, NO @ Colorline Stadium
06/03 – Berlin, D [email protected] Wuhlheide (with Weezer)
06/10 – Milan, IT @ Ippodromo San Siro (with Weezer)
06/13 – Paris, FR @ La Defense Arena
06/14 – Groningen, NL @ Tadspark
06/17 – Antwerp, BE @ Sportpaleis
06/21 – Vienna, AT @ Ernst Happel Stadium
06/24 – Glasgow, UK @ Bellahouston Park
06/26 – London, UK @ London Stadium
06/27 – Huddersfield, UK @ The John Smith’s Stadium
06/29 – Dublin, IE @ RDS Arena

THE HELLA MEGA TOUR with Weezer and Fall Out Boy

07/17 – Seattle, WA @ T-Mobile Park
07/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Oracle Park
07/24 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park
07/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dodger Stadium
07/28 – Commerce City, CO @ DICK’s Sporting Goods Park
07/31 – Arlington, TX @ Globe Life Field
08/01 – Houston, TX @ Minute Maid Park
08/05 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium
08/06 – Jacksonville, FL @ TIAA Bank Field
08/08 – Atlanta, GA @ SunTrust Park
08/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Field
08/13 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field
08/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PNC Park
08/16 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
08/19 – Detroit, MI @ Comerica Park
08/21 – Washington, DC @ Nationals Park
08/22 – New York, NY @ Citi Field
08/24 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
08/27 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
08/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park

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Written by Whitney Shoemaker

Whitney is your definition of pop punk trash. If she's not jamming to State Champs or Grayscale, then she's probably out enjoying the finer things or working a show for Fearless Records as a Street Team Leader. She's a realist and an optimist, calling the city of Columbus her home. A huge fan of naps, Whitney often falls asleep in a city that doesn't. She's not hard to please, finding joy in discovering new bands or playing Everlong on the late night radio. Working at Alt Press and breaking ground in the music scene have always been a dream of hers, telling herself at an early age she was down for losing it all to make that happen! Now the weekend writer at AP, Whitney is prepared to be noticed and eager to contribute to the scene. If you catch her at a concert feel free to stick around, make small talk, or discuss her overuse of State Champs lyrics and song titles in her bio.