November 30, 2013 10:04

Green Day to take a 'break' following Australian tour dates

Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has just released an Everly Brothers tribute album with Norah Jones

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Green Day have revealed that they plan to take a 'break' following their upcoming Australian tour dates, which are set to take place in February and March of next year.

Speaking to Jo Whiley on her BBC Radio 2 show earlier this week, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said: "We're going to Australia, doing a tour there and then we're going to take a break. We haven't really been doing much. So it's just nice to kind of do some other things, y'know, when we get ready to do Green Day again, our batteries will be charged."

Armstrong and Norah Jones released their Everly Brothers tribute album, 'Foreverly', earlier this week (November 25). The track-by track homage to the Everly Brothers' own 1958 LP, 'Songs Our Daddy Taught Us', was recorded in nine days at Manhattan's Magic Shop.

Speaking previously to Stereogum about the collaboration, Armstrong said: "I thought it would be cool to remake the record because I thought it was sort of an obscure thing and more people should know about it, but I really wanted to do it with a woman singing because I thought it would take on a different meaning — maybe broaden the meaning a little bit — as compared to hearing the songs being sung by the two brothers." He added that he then got in touch with Jones, but it was "kinda like a blind date".

When asked if they'd be performing the album live, Jones said it would be "fun" but added: "I don't know if there's gonna be time. We've got a lot going on." Armstrong agreed: "I don't know. We kinda just take things slow."

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