Armstrong’s latest cover is a take on Starjets song ‘War Stories’ and follows on from earlier covers he’s done of The Avengers’ ‘Corpus Christi’, The Bangles’ ‘Manic Monday’, Tommy James and the Shondells’ track ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ and Johnny Thunders’ ‘You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory’.
Last week, Armstrong covered ‘That Thing You Do!’ in tribute to musician Adam Schlesinger, who wrote the song for the 1996 movie of the same name. Schlesinger passed away earlier this month from complications related to the coronavirus.
“This is it, this is it… this is this week’s No Fun Mondays: War Stories by Starjets,” Armstrong captioned his latest cover. Listen to it below.
Aside from learning new covers, Armstrong has also been using his extra downtime to work on upcoming Green Day material. In a recent interview with Kerrang!, the frontman revealed he’d been “writing a lot of music” during the coronavirus lockdown.
“I had all these melodies in my head, so I wrote, like, six songs since all of this has been going on,” he said. “I don’t know when I can get together with Mike [Dirnt, bass] and Tré [Cool, drums], but I told them to make sure that they’re quarantined for now, and then I hope down the road we can get back in the studio with [‘Father Of All…’ producer] Butch Walker.”
Armstrong added that he’s also been spending his time indoors watching The Office as well as “going through all of my punk and rock’n’roll documentaries, trying to read a little bit here and there, and hanging out with my dogs.”
“I feel pretty lost in all of this,” he added. “I think a lot of people are trying to do the right thing and be with their families and friends as much as they can.
The jaunt, which has already seen its opening leg in Asia axed due to coronavirus concerns, was due to hit the UK, Europe and US this summer before heading to Australia and New Zealand in November.
But Billie Joe Armstrong’s band have now decided to put a number of European dates on hold. No official new dates have been announced but they said they will return in summer 2021.