In December, punk-rockers Green Day wrapped up their album trilogy with the aptly named "Tre" and have returned to the road after the rehab stint of lead singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong. Now with the band promoting the albums, the sales have picked up after a disappointing start. "Tre" debuted at #13 on the Billboard Album chart (the lowest debut of all three albums), but contains the most mature songwriting of the three releases.
Beginning with "Brutal Love," the album starts off with a doo-wop sound wrapped in punk-rock rawness. Green Day can still make classic, aggressive punk music like 'Sex, Drugs & Violence" and "Amanda," but their music has gotten so much bigger and more complex that you look for their next masterpiece. Even though Billie Joe mentioned in his recent "Rolling Stone" magazine interview that the song "99 Revolutions" is considered the best song he's ever wrote, it is the six-and-a-half minute "Dirty Rotten Bastards" that keeps you interested in their music. The album closes with "The Forgotten" as the band stretch their punk-rock prowess with this orchestra-filled, piano ballad.
Green Day are currently on the tour in the U.S. until mid-April, including a stop on April 6 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, before heading overseas to finish their world tour. For more information on their album trilogy and for a complete list of tour dates, Please visit greenday.com.