The rest of 2012 is shaping up to be the year of Green Day, as the band just released a new single, they have a trilogy of albums coming out, and even two documentaries on the band are due. Fr ontman Billie Joe Armstrong says all of this activity surrounding the new albums basically marks the end of the era of their last two smash-hit records, American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown.
"The last two albums, American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown, sort of bookend each other, and it's the end of that era," Armstrong explained to MTV News. "And I think with writing these three albums... we just started writing songs, just getting back to basics, more stripped-down rock and roll. [And] we just started noticing the changes that were happening, so ˇUno! is more of a power-pop record, ˇDos! is more of a dirty, party, garage record, and ˇTré! is sort of this epic ending of the whole thing... So it's kind of like going around the world in 37 songs with Green Day."
Bassist Mike Dirnt added that there is no unifying theme tying all three albums together. In fact, when the trio started writing songs, they never even planned to pen three albums.
"We got back from the last tour, we had done a little bit of demoing in some studios in Europe, but we just got back, [and] we just got in a room, and it really started with us jamming one song," Dirnt told MTV. "We just worked real hard, like five days a week writing songs, and as that progression moved along, eventually we had written some other songs that were a little more irreverent and garage style, a little more Foxboro Hot Tubs vibe to it, and then we had some other songs that were a little more reflective and more of an epic nature... Each album has its own personality. They're not tied together in concept; it's just three different sides of Green Day. We definitely never planned to do three albums; it just ended up being fun."
Green Day will serve as one of the headliners for the second annual iHeartRadio Festival, taking place in Las Vegas on September 21 and 22. Right after that, ˇUno! will drop on September 25, with ˇDos! to follow on November 13 and ˇTré! coming on January 15, 2013.