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The Future, Past and Present with Green Day:
Colin: I know Billie you’re the primary song writer but I know that you guys have written a few songs. I know you wrote many sleepless and Dookie and you wrote the secret song on Dookie and some others, are there any of your songs on the new album or are you guys trying to write any thing in additional to it.
Tre’ Cool: We got the B sides, we actually we got the vinyl back, the 7 inch final cord, know your enemy and the song called hearts collide it’s a really good collaboration thing going on.
Mike: We’re always writing, you know little bits and pieces and things it’s really about the grand scheme and like how…
Tre’ Cool: My songs are all dirty.
Mike: If we got a good piece, let’s use it, we got great song, let’s use it, it’s whatever comes in yeah we’re always ready.
Colin: Awesome, the other thing I took away from your live shows are the fans reactions seems like it’s very important to you guys, Tre’ – do you guys often have fans go up and play knowledge with you guys or do you guys switch it up and have them play different song with you?
Tre’ Cool: I think it’s just nice to break the barrier down between the audience and the band and like we feel so much apart of the audience is giving us all of our energy, it’s just nice you know sometimes like the other night, Billie brought that eight year old kid up and he looked right, he had, he was like up in the front and you’re singing the East Jesus Nowhere like breakdown tune about blasphemy and genocide this kid is like and then he did a fucking stage dive so it’s nice to you know…
Mike: That was a Blasphemy too.
Billie: I like to write a song like a really simple song and that would be like for the next tour maybe just release it as like a free download or something and then you know…
Tre’ Cool: That would be fun.
Colin: I was sort of to be surprised when you brought those kids up and I’ve seen you and they can actually play with the song.
Billie: Sometimes—I’m sorry, but some bands some kids we’ve got together we have a band that we have together in Detroit during Nimrod, they actually became a band, they didn’t know each other but they you know they wind up so well together they actually like—the next time we came to town, it’s like oh yeah, we’re actually in a band together now. There first gig was in front of 20 thousand people
Colin: Do you guys do have a extensive catalogue now of songs, if you could play just 1 album for the fans is there particular album that sets you as the one that you—that exemplifies doing that?
Mike: It has to be some hot pod record we haven’t put out yet, you know it have to be a mixture of everything, 21st century breakdown.
Colin: Yes, you guys have bringing that live recently right?
Mike: Yes, on the 21st century breakdown it’s just, it’s so fun and it’s the freshest thing right now for us to brighten them.
Colin: Right, it’s great, I heard about I think it’s really great.
Tre’ Cool: And it capitulates all the mightiness of the Green Day, it’s time, 21st Century Breakdown in stores May 15.
Colin: So you guys are planning a big tour for obviously for the album?
Mike: Oh yeah.
Colin: Are you guys starting in the States and going Overseas or what’s the plan?
Billie: I think we’re going to start in the States in July and we’ll do a full two months tour and play kind of also—then we’re going to go to Europe in September. So and then we’re kind of keep going we’re going to Australia, Japan, South America you know I think we’re going to play in China.
Colin: The moon, lunar cool and what’s next for you guys after you’ve toured in the album sold a billion copies?
Billie: We’re going to come live in your house, you’re not going to ask me like where the next idea or what’s the next idea for the next album I mean.
Colin: Oh no, no I know guy’s have friends and so families and star projects, is green day going to be something that you guys are going to keep that running with in to the people?
Billie: Yeah I mean for sure when we keep going Green Days life, I think I love to do something with Fox for hot tubs skin and…
Mike: I don’t know kind of take it one day or one tour at a time you know I mean if you start playing too far ahead next thing you know you forget that you’re living today you know and I think we just want to you know, we live in the moment a lot too.
Colin: Cool, and I have one final question for you guys I know that the American Idiot rock opera is it going to be on stage. Can you guys tell us a little bit about that when that’s going to begin and where can people see it?
Billie: We think we re ever going to do it at the Berkeley Wrap you know Michael Mayer who did Spring Awakening, he’s the Director and you know kind of put the whole thing together and we just saw it like, it’s a workshop, so it is amazing like I don’t throw that word around very often except when I’m talking about myself but this is Amazing, it’s pretty awesome it pretty dangerous, you know being humble is one of my many, many, many fine qualities.
Mike: It’s dangerous, it’s violent and it’s sexually charged and it’s, there’s some really talented you know really, really talented kids in there so much talented people I’ve ever seen in my life and it’s just inspiring to see kids with so much talent dedicating their lives to such a crowd.
Billie: Cool, well thank you guys for taking time to speak with us I appreciate it.