AUDIO: Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Forms Punk Supergroup, Drops Charitable First Song
Armstrongs, also featuring musicians from Rancid and SWMRS, releases “If There Was Ever a Time”July 14, 2017
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Rancid and Operation Ivy’s Tim Armstrong (no relation) have teamed up to form a punk supergroup called Armstrongs.
Joined by Billie Joe’s son Joey, from the band SWMRS, and Tim’s nephew Rey, they just released their new single “If There Was Ever a Time” (above). In addition to streaming the song, fans can purchase limited-edition vinyl flexi-discs, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to 924 Gilman — a DIY, non-profit, all-ages venue for music, art, and community events in Berkeley, Calif.:
If There Was Ever A Time by #Armstrongs – Including 1000 flexi-discs. All proceeds will go to @924Gilman Buy: https://t.co/747FUsFCt3 pic.twitter.com/4ZULNw1HKM— Green Day (@GreenDay) July 14, 2017
“If There Was Ever a Time” is also featured in the documentary “Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk,” showcasing the ‘90s East Bay punk scene and the emergence of 924 Gilman’s music collective.
“Anything that has to do with working with Gilman and Tim and Joey Armstrong, consider me in,” Billie Joe said. “This is about our home and family. Viva Armstrong!”
In 2016, Billie Joe and the rest of Green Day (Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool) stopped by the Stern Show studio for a mini-concert, where the band played two songs off last year’s “Revolution Radio” album, plus some of their colossal hits. During the interview, Billie Joe spoke about the band’s early days and also revealed he could see himself rocking well into his 70s, just like the Rolling Stones. “You might as well do what you love until you can’t do it anymore,” he told Howard. Check out highlights from their performance and listen to their full interview with Howard here.