It's been less than five years since their first official live album, but Green Day are already working on a second one. Singer Billie Joe Armstrong announced at a show in Denver, Colorado, on Friday that the group is recording performances for a follow-up to 2005's Bullet in a Bible.
The veteran punk trio has only released one new studio album since Bible came out, last year's song cycle 21st Century Breakdown, but Armstrong hinted at the show that the new live disc might contain some rarities when he set up the unreleased gem "Cigarettes and Valentines."
"Hey, I just want to tell you something right now. We're recording a live f---ing album right now," Armstrong told the crowd at the Comfort Dental Amphitheater in Denver on Saturday, video of which was posted on YouTube. "So check it out, we're gonna play a brand-new song. ... It ain't that brand-new. This song is called 'Cigarettes and Valentines.' " The band then broke into the classic three-chord blitzkrieg, which, as Armstrong noted, is not exactly new, but hasn't officially been released.
The tune was recorded in 2003 while Green Day were working on the follow-up to the 2002 B-sides compilation Shenanigans for an album that was supposed to bear the same title. But after the master tapes for the project were stolen from the studio, Green Day scrapped the whole thing and got to work on the disc that would revive their career and make them international superstars, American Idiot.
A spokesperson for the band's label could not be reached at press time to confirm the recording of the live album or provide details on when the disc might be released.