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Hella hype for band mega tour

Shaun Lucas
Associate News Editor

On September 16, 2019, famous punk rock group Green Day began selling tickets for their “Hella Mega” tour, running from June 2020 to August 2020. The alternative rock bands Weezer and Fall Out Boy will be accompanying the tour as guest performers. Alongside the tour, Green Day announced the band’s thirteenth studio album, “Father of All,” marked for a February 2020 release.

Green Day broke through in the mainstream music scene with their 1994 release, “Dookie.” The album focuses on the trails of adolescent stoners, with their love for slacking off and doing drugs clashing with the desires of adulthood, featuring such classics as “Basket Case” and “When I Come Around.” 

Musically, the band both appealed to the rock boom of the 90’s while paying homage to the group’s beginnings in the underground California punk scene. This included the incorporation of fast and booming drumming from the likes of Tre Cool, along with the distortion of the guitar and bass.

The first show of the tour is on June 13, 2020 at Paris, France at the “Paris La Defense Arena.” The groups will then play around Europe until arriving in the United States on July 17, 2020 in Seattle, Washington’s “T Mobile Park.” Musically, the tour will feature content from both their newest released and fan favorite classics from the past.

Green Day’s last album in 2016, “Revolution Radio,” is considered by many as a return to form for the group after several controversies and underwhelming albums in the early 2010’s. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has since stated he wishes to keep experimenting with Green Day’s musicality, hinting at genre combinations on the new album. Armstrong has stated to “The Rolling Stones” also aims to take inspiration from his love of soul and British mod music.

Weezer also touts their own album to coincide with the tour named “Van Weezer,” aiming for a May 2020 release. Frontman Rivers Cuomo states the new album will pay homage to the group’s love of metal, with the single “End of the Game” being released on September 10, 2019.

The group has a reputation for experimental music, with albums being hodgepodges of light alternative rock sounds, rap homages, narrative-based duets, and more.

Fall Out Boy recently released a single titled, “Dear Future Self,” along with an album titled “Believers Never Die – Volume Two,” set for a November 15, 2019 release. While known by the early 2000’s demographic for alternative rock hits such as “Sugar, We’re Going Down,” the band recently expanded to a more pop-oriented sound displayed in “Centuries.”

Opening for the groups is independent ska/rock band “The Interrupters.” To advertise for the tour, the group recently released a cover of Billy Elish’s “Bad Guy” on September 16.

All three bands have been able to adapt throughout the music scene for over a decade, thus giving Armstrong an incentive to take the bands and place them on the tour.