Green Day announce two festival headline shows for this summer

Pop punk trio will headline festivals in France and Japan later this year

Green Day have announced their first live dates of 2012 and their first formally scheduled live shows since late 2010.

The band, who confirmed earlier this month that they had entered the studio to record the follow-up to 2009’s ’21st Century Breakdown’, will headline Japan’s Summer Sonic festival and France’s Rock En Seine event. Both shows will take place in August.

The pop punk trio recently debuted a video teaser on their official YouTube page in which they spoke about their plans for their new album. You can watch the teaser by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

Speaking about the album, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said: “I think it’s so personal and so voyeuristic. This is the first time we ever really sung about fucking”, bassist Mike Dirnt, meanwhile, promised that fans would enjoy the new material, claiming that it would “blow their fucking minds”.

The band have previously said that their new ninth studio album will move away from the concepts of their last two records ‘American Idiot’ and ’21st Century Breakdown’ and be more straightforward.

Green Day’s American Idiot musical will tour the UK later this year.