MIAMI — Green Day's goal going into the MTV Video Music Awards was a simple one — to rock really hard.
"If we don't walk away with any Moonmen, we'll at least walk away with our guitars and our pride," frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said before the show, referring to the band's opening performance of "Boulevard of Broken Dreams."
Well, how about all three? Along with their guitars and pride, the punk trio left the American Airlines Arena on Sunday with seven Moonmen, far more than any other artist (see "Green Day Clean Up, Kelly Clarkson Gets Wet, 50 Rips Into Fat Joe At VMAs").
And on top of that, Green Day were also one of the highlights of the pre-show, which debuted exclusive footage of the band's new DVD, "Bullet in a Bible," due November 15.
"It's a concert film based around the first stadium gigs we've ever played and kind of what it takes to go into it," Armstrong explained. "[The movie ventures] inside our personalities and the stresses and the excitement of putting on pretty much the biggest punk show of all time."
Shot June 18 and 19 at Milton Keynes Bowl in London, the DVD was inspired by the "Woodstock" movie and Bob Dylan's "Don't Look Back" and mixes concert footage with introspective interviews.
Also coming this fall from the band will be another epic video from American Idiot, this one really epic.
"It's definitely going to shift gears a lot," bassist Mike Dirnt said of the video for the nine-minute "Jesus of Suburbia," which Green Day are currently talking through with director Samuel Bayer (see "Green Day 'Overwhelmed' By VMA Nods; More New Clips On The Way"). "Sam makes really cinematic videos."
The song is already garnering some spins, despite it's unusual length. "It's this total epic, theatrical number, so to hear it on the radio, it feels like you're doing something that's groundbreaking," Armstrong said.
In the meantime, "Wake Me Up When September Ends" recently reached #1 on "TRL," and, more importantly, is "striking a chord and making people think about what's going on in the world," Armstrong said.
Although the war-themed video tells a different story than the one that inspired the song, about Armstrong losing his father, the singer believes the catalyst of the tune is properly reflected.
"The main emotion in the song is that sense of loss, and that's what Sam went with in the video, two people very close to each other being disconnected by natural causes," he said.
Green Day are on tour through October 9 in Carson, California (see "Green Day/ Jimmy Eat World Announce Massive Tour"), and Armstrong said the band is definitely planning more dates of performing American Idiot in its entirety, as the group did a year ago.
The band is also just starting to talk about its next record. "We're just going to get ourselves in a creative environment and write a bunch of songs," drummer Tre Cool said nonchalantly. "But there's a lot of touring to do still — we're enjoying ourselves."