Green Day was forced to cancel a “secret show” they had scheduled for this Friday (June 22) in Burbank, California, due to safety concerns. Thousands of people were anticipated to try to attend the concert, and the city denied adequate permits for the concert.
Safety concerns didn’t seem to be on the band’s mind: Earlier in the week the Green Day frontman tweeted calling the performance a “surprise rock n roll sex party” that was “clothing optional” and encouraged fans to bring their own booze.
The shows would most likely have featured songs from the band’s three upcoming albums. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said in a recent interview that Uno!, Dos! and Tré! were born of “a crazy idea that happens to be working really well.”
The songs just kept coming, kept coming,” Armstrong explained. “I’d go, ‘Maybe a double album? No, that’s too much nowadays.’ Then more songs kept coming. And one day, I sprung it on the others: ‘Instead of Van Halen I, II and III, what if it’s Green Day I, II and III and we all have our faces on each cover?’
“The record company have been great about it, just stoked,” the frontman continued. “People get so caught up in not trying to do something new and creative: ‘Let’s just put out an EP.’” We said, “Let’s do the exact opposite, something dangerous and fun.”
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles