On their highly anticipated new album Saviors, Green Day sound as youthful and defiant as ever, but a little wiser and maybe even a whole lot angrier.
Has it really been 30 years since Green Day dropped the world’s biggest Dookie on an unsuspecting music industry? Sure, there was plenty of pop in punk prior to them (see: the Buzzcocks, Ramones, the Undertones), but they’re the ones who made it an actual genre name. But as the torchbearers of pop punk release their new album, Saviors, one thing is clear – Green Day is not looking to save you. Instead, they channel the irreverent spirit of rock 'n' roll, presenting themselves as the loudest vessel through which this spirit can manifest, so you can save yourself.
Always looking to be provocateurs, it was in the unexpected setting of Las Vegas' Fremont Country Club where Green Day first chose to drop some hints about their new album. While celebrating with 800 die-hard fans, the band set the stage for what was to come by surprising the lucky crowd by tossing out two new songs like sonic grenades, "The American Dream Is Killing Me" and "Look Ma, No Brains!". The surprise show was just the beginning of Green Day's takeover of Las Vegas, culminating in a headline performance at the When We Were Young festival. The teasing continued during Green Day's headline performance at the Amazon Music Live concert series on October 26 where the power trio of Billie Joe Armstrong, Tré Cool, and Mike Dirnt once again spit out the new tracks mixed in with all the big hits. It once again left fans hungry for more, nicely setting the stage for Saviors.
Saviors was created in both London and Los Angeles, again with the help of longtime producer Rob Cavallo. The deluxe 180gm vinyl version of the album features a gatefold sleeve, an embossed cover, and an exclusive 24" x 36" poster.
Along with the new album, the band have announced a colossal 2024 Saviors global stadium tour, featuring heavyweight support from the Smashing Pumpkins, Rancid, the Linda Lindas, Nothing But Thieves, the Hives, Donots, and the Interrupters. It's a larger-than-life celebration that will span their entire career and pay homage to milestones like the 30th anniversary of their certified diamond album, Dookie, and the 20th anniversary of American Idiot.