The members of Green Day are still waiting for the astonishment that came alongside their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to dissipate, but in the meantime the rock group has started working on their next studio album. Lead vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong recently revealed that the band already has new material prepared for their follow-up to their 2012 ‘¡Uno! ‘¡Dos! ‘¡Tres!’ trilogy of albums.
“There’s definitely a great spirit going on,” he explained to Rolling Stone. “We’ve always been pretty charged up.” Armstrong added that Green Day had been working on new material even before the announcement that they were entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the group isn’t going to hasten their current writing process anytime soon.
“We’re going to take our time,” said Armstrong. “We’re not going to try and pull off some, like, victory lap over this because I definitely want the music to come from a real place and be inspired, not just because we got honored or anything like that, but because we’re honoring music. We want to work on them, and we want to make a great album.”
That being said, the fact that the members of Green Day recently shared the same room as an entire cast of rock loyalty has certainly rejuvenated their chemistry. “One second you’re playing with [fellow inductee] Ringo [Starr] onstage… And just the fact that I was so far away from Mike [Dirnt] and Jason [White]. I was on the side with Ringo. That part literally felt like a dream,” he offered.
“And then when we we’re standing onstage accepting the award and you look out. You see Patti Smith and you see Alice Cooper. It’s like you’re waiting to wake up. I’m waiting to turn over to my wife and say, “I had the craziest dream last night, check this out.” All of a sudden, it turns into something out of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ or something. (laughs)”
Armstrong continued: “I’m an Alice Cooper fan. I listen to him pretty often, so just seeing him sit in the crowd, I was blown away. Everybody was out there, it was just crazy. I mean, shit, Jerry Lee Lewis? I mean, give me a fuckin’ break! (laughs)”
Green Day was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year alongside Ringo Starr, Joan Jett, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bill Withers, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the 5 Royales.