Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong to open guitar shop

'Broken Guitars' opens for business on April 3 in Oakland, California

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is set to open a guitar shop.

Broken Guitars will open on April 3 in his hometown, Oakland, California. Local newspaper East Bay Express reports that Armstrong will be opening the store with Bill Schneider, who plays with Armstrong in elusive punk band Pinhead Gunpowder. Schneider previously ran local music store Univibe, which closed in 2001.

The shop will open with 75 guitars on the wall, mostly from Armstrong and Schneider’s personal collections. The store will also sell amps and offer repairs. “We want to be a shop for musicians,” Schneider commented. “The focus is used American guitars: Gretsch, Fender, and not necessarily just vintage ones.”

Meanwhile, a new trailer for Like Sunday, Like Rain, the forthcoming indie film starring Billie Joe Armstrong, has been released. Written and directed by Frank Whaley, whose previous directing credits include the indie films New York City Serenade and The Jimmy Show, Like Sunday, Like Rain is billed as “a beautiful story about discovery and acceptance”.

Former Gossip Girl actress Leighton Meester stars as Eleanor, a struggling musician employed to look after a privileged but lonely 12-year-old boy, Reggie, who is neglected by his wealthy mother.

Newcomer Julian Shatkin plays Reggie and Will & Grace‘s Debra Messing appears as his mother. Armstrong makes his film acting debut, aside from the odd cameo appearance, portraying Dennis, the boyfriend of Meester’s character.

Like Sunday, Like Rain is expected to receive a limited release in the US within the next few months. At present, no UK release date has been confirmed.

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