What We Know
Green Day had previously stated that they hoped to release new music as soon as the summer of 2020 but they have scrapped that plan with the Coronavirus pandemic making it difficult to properly promote new releases. Billie’s latest quote on the release date suggested it may be 2023 before the new album drops but a further update has confirmed an early 2024 release.
The album was originally expected to be produced by Butch Walker (Father Of All…) but we now know that Rob Cavallo (Dookie, American Idiot, etc) has returned to produce the new record, his first time working with the band since the Uno/Dos/Tre trilogy. The album will be mixed by Chris Lorde-Alge who also last worked with the band on the trilogy and previously mixed Nimrod, American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown.
The band initially was repeatedly teasing the new record with ‘1972’ appearing in most of the videos or hashtags for the posts but a band source says the new album does not yet have a title.
Timeline Of Events
Oct 18/23 – Another song clip is posted to the single’s promo website. The clip features the lyrics, “Send out an SOS. This is getting serious”.
Oct 16/23 – Green Day posted a new tease of ‘The American Dream Is Killing Me’ on social media and the single’s promo website. It’s the first teaser to feature singing in the clip and appears to have more visuals from the upcoming music video.
Oct 16/23 – GreenDay.com has been updated from the previous Dookie 30th promotion to just an image of what looks like zombies trying to enter a door with a new logo overlayed on top. The zombie image continues the theme we’ve seen from the music video shoot teasers for ‘The American Dream Is Killing Me’.
Oct 12/23 – The website for ‘The American Dream Is Killing Me’ single has been updated with possible footage from the music video and more audio from the track.
Oct 2/23 – Green Day’s official Instagram account posts a sign-up for a “Top Secret Green Day Event” taking place in Los Angeles on Oct 4th from 5 pm – 3 am. The form requests users to submit a photo so this would indicate it is most likely a casting call for a music video.
Oct 1/23 – Green Day tease a new single called ‘The American Dream Is Killing Me’ to be released on October 24th.
Sept 20/23 – https://isgreendayawake.com 🧐
Sept 19/23 – ‘Has It Leaked’, A popular Twitter account that tracks music leaks, tweeted today “Who said Green Day 2024? That’s not true”. We can confirm, however, that there has been no change to the release schedule – new singles will come in 2023 and the new album will be released in 2024.
July 16/23 – At a headlining performance at Festival d’été de Québec, Green Day surprised fans by debuting a brand new song called ‘1981’. This song was previously teased back in March of 2022 when Billie posted a short clip to his Instagram story.
May 2/23 – In an interview with Solid State Logic, producer Rob Cavallo indicated the new Green Day album will be released early next year. There was some thought that the interview was old and Cavallo was talking about 2023, but I’ve confirmed with a band source that the new album is in fact scheduled for release in 2024.
Feb 28/23 – Album 14 mixer Chris Lorde-Alge has posted two pictures from the studio featuring Green Day in the past couple of days. In the first photo, he can be seen giving Billie Joe a Les Paul guitar for his birthday. In the second photo, Chris is posing with Mike and Tre while Album 14 producer Rob Cavallo sits on the chair in the background.
Jan 30/23 – In an interview with Album 14 mixer Chris Lorde-Alge by Music Connection he is quoted as saying “The new Green Day record – the band and I have really upped our game.”
Jan 10/23 – New info from a close band source: despite the 1972 name teases, album 14 does not have a title yet and they are still “in the middle” of working on the new record.
Aug 16/22 – Green Day post another studio TikTok featuring Rob Cavallo. In the clip, Cavallo discusses Tre’s drum sound and Billie makes it known he wants to make the song interesting in the same way ‘Letterbomb’ (American Idiot) is interesting.
July 20/22 – Green Day post a new studio TikTok for the second day in a row, this time the clip features a new song snippet. Tre Cool can be heard exclaiming “This new record is gonna be so good…1972 ya’ll!”.
July 19/22 – After a couple of months of silence on Album 14 news, Green Day posted a new studio clip with Billie Joe and producer Rob Cavallo that featured the hashtags “#recording #newsong, #newalbum”. The song overlayed on the clip is Criss Cross by the Rolling Stones.
May 27/22 – Billie Joe is quoted in Kerrang Magazine that Green Day are “making a record that’s probably going to come out in 2023”.
May 6/22 – Green Day post a new TikTok video from Ocean Way Recordings where they previously worked on American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown.
Apr 14/22 – Green Day confirms Rob Cavallo is back with a TikTok video on their official account showing him getting into a car with the words “Rob Cavallo let’s make some music” on the screen.
Mar 27/22 – Billie Joe posts (and quickly deletes) the sixth video tease for Album 14. Rumours start to swirl that longtime producer Rob Cavallo may be in the fold for the new album.
Feb 22 & 24/22 – Green Day post the fourth and fifth video teases for album 14.
Jan 22/22 – Green Day post a third video tease for album 14.
Jan 18/22 – In a post on Billie Joe’s Instagram story you can briefly see the contents of his camera roll on the bottom of the screen. One of the images shows “Green Day 1972” written on a white piece of paper.
Jan 7/22 – Green Day release a second video tease for album 14.
Dec 19/21 – After a long break of no news on the upcoming album, Green Day release a studio tease from RAK Studios in London, England. The tease features a new song clip and seems to hint that the album/EP title will be ‘1972’.
Oct 24/21 – Social media posts indicate that Billie Joe, Tre Cool and some of the Green Day crew (including longtime engineer Chris Dugan) are visiting London, England.
May 17/21 – The song teased on May 14th was surprise released as a stand-alone single called ‘Pollyanna’. The band says the song was released to celebrate the upcoming Hella Mega Tour.
May 14/21 – A short video clip was uploaded to Green Day’s Instagram account featuring Billie Joe in the studio teasing a new song.
Feb 17/21 – Green Day announce a new single called ‘Here Comes The Shock’ will debut as part of their two-year deal with the NHL. The song is not believed to be tied to a future album and seems to be a stand-alone release.
Nov 23/20 – Billie Joe was asked by NME if a new Green Day album could come around quickly because he’s had so much downtime:
It’s possible. Whether we do a full-length album or an EP or just a song, we have a lot of different options. It’s a matter of whenever the right moment happens. That’s the beauty of the way you can put music out these days. You don’t have to wait for any gatekeeper to tell you that the timing is right.
Billie was also asked if he’s started writing about politics again or if the songs would be more in line with what was released on Father Of All:
“You know, as long as it’s put to my language, then who knows? There was stuff on the last record that was political, like ‘Graffitia’. There’s a certain amount of isolation and feeling paranoid on the last album that fit with where we are as a society. The way we get information is almost like having voices inside your head. With the new stuff that I’m writing, I don’t know – a lot of it is kind of more self-deprecating and funny. Not that I’m doing a comedy record or anything. On one hand it feels autobiographical and funny, but on the other when you look at it you can put a social commentary twist to it.”
April 17/20 – In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Father Of All producer Butch Walker confirms he will soon begin working on Green Day’s next album:
I’m actually still working. I do a lot of records by myself, and I’m finishing up (producing) three records, so it’s taking most of my time – a Wallflowers record, the new Jewel and Matt Nathanson. And I’m getting ready to start another Green Day record. I’m working in isolation, which is cathartic, anyway.
April 7/20 – Billie Joe updates Kerrang Magazine on what has kept him busy during the Coronavirus quarantine:
“I’ve been writing a lot of music, and I had all these melodies in my head, so I wrote, like, six songs since all of this has been going on,” he says. “I don’t know when I can get together with Mike and Tré, but I told them to make sure that they’re quarantined for now, and then I hope down the road we can get back in the studio with [Father Of All… producer] Butch Walker.”
Feb 13/20 – Billie joined Zane Lowe on Beats 1 for a FaceTime interview and revealed more plans for new music later this year:
“We have more songs. I’ve written, like, three or four since the first single (Father Of All) came out. I mean, the way people are able to put out music now, we’re so stoked, because now we can just put stuff out anytime we want – we’re completely unstructured. So to put out a single here, or an EP there, or contribute something to what would eventually be an album… we don’t really know, but we’re into it. So hopefully maybe there’ll be even more music this summer. We’ll see what happens.”
When asked how many songs Green Day have left from the Father Of All sessions, Billie added:
“We’ve got, like, seven songs left from that session. And then, yeah, then there’s like four more so we have almost another album’s worth of stuff right now.”
Sept 10/19 – In an interview on KROQ with the Kevin & Bean Show while promoting Father Of All Motherfuckers and the Hella Mega tour, Billie mentioned that 17 tracks were recorded in the FOAM sessions. Only 10 songs made the album so that left 7 songs on the cutting room floor. Billie had this to say about those extra tracks:
“Maybe we’ll just put out another album next year or something like that. We don’t know cause we are off our contract with Warner”