Remember 2004, Green Day fans? That was when the Bay Area punk trio refashioned itself into a band that would tackle issues beyond boredom and girls with "American Idiot," a relentless collection of socially aware songs that would eventually work their way to Broadway.
Now on the verge of releasing the first of three new albums, Green Day continues to distance itself from its role as rock 'n' roll chroniclers of our political climate. Today, meet Green Day, the "Angry Birds Friends" edition.
"Angry Birds Friends" is the Facebook offshoot of the popular mobile game, and the edition comes complete with the premiere of a new song, "Troublemaker," as well as all-new evil pig characters inspired by Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool. It's perhaps the boldest message yet that fans shouldn't take the band's upcoming three albums -- "¡Uno!," "¡Dos!" and "¡Tré!" -- with complete seriousness.
"We're all fans of 'Angry Birds,' " Armstrong said in a statement. "It's such an addictive game that when we first started playing it we couldn't stop."