Get your credit cards and clicker fingers ready: San Francisco punk rock band Green Dayannounced a surprise Los Angeles gig at the Echoplex in Echo Park for Monday night, and tickets go on sale at 10 a.m.
The trio of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool are teasing their forthcoming triumvirate of new albums, “Uno,” “Dos” and “Tre,” which are coming starting in September. The 700-capacity basement club in Echo Park is only a little bigger than the Coconut Teaszer in Hollywood, where in one early 1990 L.A. gig, Green Day headlined a notable bill that also included No Use for a Name, Down by Law, Popdefect and Hunger Farm.
Since then, they've had quite a journey. One of the best and most adventurous of the 1990s American punk rock explosion, Green Day is most well known to the general public, ironically, for the mid-'00s Broadway smash/hit album “American Idiot,” and its 1994 breakthrough single, "Dookie." Over the past 24 years, the Bay Area-born group has carved a solid and uniquely Green Day-ian career arc, one that at nearly every turn has pushed at the edges where punk, pop, rock and every combination thereof, collides.
With the three forthcoming studio albums, Green Day’s returning with a lot of material, and are doing so by teasing the releases, which will come out in two-month intervals starting with "Uno" on Sept. 25, with quickie video clips, teaser songs, social media, and, now, a surprise show in the entertainment capital of America.