Billie Joe is going back to his roots...
Billie Joe Armstrong’s new band The Longshot made their debut live appearance over the weekend, after releasing their debut EP last week.
While Green Day are currently taking some down time off the back of 2016’s acclaimed ‘Revolution Radio‘ and last year’s greatest hits compilation ‘God’s Favourite Band‘, Armstrong has gone back to his DIY punk roots for his new band.
Their debut performance came on Saturday night at Oakland’s 1-2-3-4 Go! Records, and it saw the group opening with a cover of David Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’, before launching into new tracks including ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘Chasing A Ghost’ and ‘Love Is For Losers’.
After a degree of mystery about the group’s identity, the first live show revealed that The Longshot also features Green Day touring guitarist Jeff Matika on bass and vocals, alongside Kevin Preston on guitar and David S. Field on drums.
Check out footage of their performance below.
Meanwhile, Green Day are also believed to be working on a movie adaptation of their now seminal comeback album ‘American Idiot‘.
In 2016, Armstrong told NME that progress is well underway with the project, that HBO were behind it and that he’d be reprising his own Broadway role as the character St. Jimmy.
“That’s the plan right now, yeah,” said Armstrong. “We’ve got a green light from HBO, and the script is currently going through a couple of rewrites here and there, so I’m not sure when exactly we’re going to start shooting, but it’s definitely all systems go at the moment.”