The punk veterans are readying to release their three-album trilogy ‘¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!’. And now they have revealed that one of the 38 songs, ‘Amy’, was written in response to the singer’s death last year.
The track comes at the end of the second album, ‘¡Dos!’, Billie Joe Armstrong told NME: “I didn’t know her, I just thought it was a real tragic loss. It’s interesting because if you think about ‘¡Dos!’, it’s a party record, and so at the end of it ‘Amy’ kind of comes across as the consequences of the party.”
He explained how he felt a connection had been lost musically, saying: “[Her death] happened last summer, around this time I believe, and I just thought her music and her taste in music was so connected to old soul music and the original Motown and Otis Redding and Sam Cooke and things like that. And I think that was a major loss because that was a generation’s connection to that, and this was someone who should be here now and I just felt really sad. ‘Oh my God, this huge musical figure that just got lost’ and, you know, that sucks.”
‘¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!’ will be released in three stages, with the first album ‘¡Uno!’ coming out on September 24. The second LP ‘¡Dos!’ comes out on November 12 and ‘¡Tré!’ on January 14, 2013.