Green Day to release trilogy of new albums

The follow up to '21st Century Breakdown' will come in three parts

Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME
Green Day are set to release a trilogy of new albums, releasing each record one at a time throughout the latter part of this year and putting out the third and final album in January 2013.

The punk trio broke the news of the trilogy - called '¡UNO! ¡DOS! ¡TRE!' - via frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's personal Twitter account. He wrote:

Armstrong also posted a video of him silently counting to three on his fingers before exploding, which you can view by clicking here.

'¡UNO! ¡DOS! ¡TRE!' Is the follow-up to '21st Century Breakdown' and on a recent YouTube video Armstrong said the albums would feature a "a new sound and it's fucking with my head".

Producer Rob Cavallo said about the new songs: "It takes balls to do this, each hit of every instrument is actually super important, they add up to one thing. When you get it done, it's like 'Wow, that's a big powerful statement'."

The band have previously said that their new efforts will move away from the concepts of their last two records 'American Idiot' and '21st Century Breakdown'.

Green Day play headline shows at Japan's Summer Sonic festival and France's Rock En Seine in August and a headline slot at I-Day festival in Bologna, Italy on September 2 as well as three shows in Germany in late August.

Although there are currently no UK dates, Green Day's American Idiot musical will tour later this year. The musical will be in the UK for three months, ending up with a two-week run at London's HMV Hammersmith Apollo in December.

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