Pop-punk stars Green Day will blast through the country this summer as one of the feature acts on the Vans Warped Tour."They want to try out some new stuff and just hang out," tour producer Kevin Lyman said on Monday. The outing will give the band a chance to road-test work from its next album, slated for recording in the spring. While Warped maintains fidelity to punk's egalitarian ethos by not labeling certain acts headliners, Green Day is certainly the best-known band confirmed for this year. Other artists onboard for the music and extreme-sports fest are punk mainstays NOFX and reggae-rockers the Long Beach Dub Allstars. Punk acts Millencolin, Snapcase, and Good Riddance and the Irish-flavored Flogging Molly will also be on the tour, Lyman said. L.A. punk veterans TSOL will play on the West Coast dates. Organizers are looking to kick off the 36-city tour in Las Vegas in late June, although a complete itinerary for the bands will not be finalized
until later this week, Lyman said.Green Day, who Lyman said will miss Warped's Texas leg because of commitments in Japan, plan to release their next disc in 2001. "The overtone in the lyrics seems to be more positive," singer and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong said recently in a letter posted to the group's official Web site (www.RepriseRec.com/greenday). "Not in a Prozac sort of way, but more in the sense of surviving and living to tell about it and taking on new challenges," he wrote. The new disc will follow the San Francisco Bay Area band's 1997 album "Nimrod," which included the acoustic hit "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)."