Three weeks ago, Spotify debuted their first installment of Green Day: The Early Years, a four-part documentary chronicling the band’s path to success. Chapter One talked about Green Day’s start as Sweet Children. Then we got Chapter Two: “Best Thing In Town,” talking about how Tré Cool joined the band, they recorded Kerplunk!, and the band started seeing success outside California. Last week’s third chapter, “Having A Blast,” delved into Green Day’s huge success with Dookie and touring with Pansy Division.
Today, the Green Day: The Early Years series ends with its fourth and final chapter, titled “Still Breathing” (named after the band’s current Revolution Radio single). This time, the documentary focuses on Green Day’s continued legacy. Dookie‘s release in 1994 introduced millions of people to the band, inspiring many to start their own bands. Singers like Ed Sheeran and Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! cite Green Day as the fist concerts they attended when they were kids.
But in their 30-year career, Green Day has also learned how to reinvent themselves. In 2004, American Idiot was an impressive comeback that introduced the band to a new generation of fans. With each album, Green Day has continued to draw in new fans. Their audience ranges from old to young, men and women to boys and girls, all around the world. And as frontman Billie Joe Armstrong states at the end, Green Day isn’t going to stop any time soon. They’re here to stay.
In addition to insights from Billie Joe, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool, other interviewees in Chapter Four include Chris Freeman of Pansy Division, Chris Applegren of Lookout Records, Corbett Redford (who’s directing Turn It Around: The Story Of East Bay Punk in collaboration with Green Day), Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion and Epitaph Records, Fat Mike of NOFX and Fat Wreck Chords, Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, Alex Gaskarth and Rian Dawson of All Time Low, Ed Sheeran, and three fans that played on stage with Green Day this year. Watch chapter four of Green Day: The Early Years, “Still Breathing,” here.
Meanwhile, Green Day just released their politically charged new album, Revolution Radio. Green Day has released music videos for the two official singles so far, “Bang Bang” and “Still Breathing”. The title track is rumored to get the next official video.
The album has also launched a number of lyric videos, starting with the gritty animated “Bang Bang,”“Revolution Radio,” and “Still Breathing” clips. After the album’s release, the fun “Youngblood,” somber “Ordinary World,” rollicking “Say Goodbye,” and descriptive “Troubled Times” followed suite.
You can buy Revolution Radio on iTunes or Green Day’s official website. Green Day is touring around the world right now. Be sure to check out dates and tickets before it’s too late. Keep checking back here for all the latest Green Day news.
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