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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of The Week: Billie Joe + Norah, “Long Time Gone”

billiejoeandnorah If someone would have told us that Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day would team up with Norah Jones for an album, we would shook our heads in disbelief. In the truth is sometimes stranger than fiction department, Billie Joe and Norah have indeed have teamed up and made a collection of songs, Foreverly, a track-by-track cover of Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, an album of traditional Americana songs recorded by by The Everly Brothers in 1958.

In this interview in Stereogum, Jones and Armstrong recount the back story:

JONES: Well, we met 10 years ago at the Grammys, but other than that we didn’t really know each other that well. Then I got a call…

ARMSTONG: Yeah…

JONES: You tell him, actually, I don’t really know how it started.

ARMSTONG: It all started with Stevie Wonder. [laughter] We sang together with Stevie Wonder and his band and a whole bunch of people, that’s how Norah and I first met. Then … well, I got into the Everly Brothers’ record a couple years ago and I thought it was just beautiful. I was listening to it every morning for a while off and on. I thought it would be cool to remake the record because I thought it was sort of an obscure thing and more people should know about it, but I really wanted to do it with a woman singing because I thought it would take on a different meaning — maybe broaden the meaning a little bit — as compared to hearing the songs being sung by the two brothers. And so my wife said, “Why don’t you get Norah Jones to do it?” and I was like, “Well, I kinda know her.” Well, I mean, we had Stevie Wonder in common. And so I called her and she said yes. So it was kinda like a … well, I keep saying it was kinda like a blind date.

JONES: It was, yeah. It was kinda like jumping into something. You know, we’ve both done a lot of different things in our careers but jumping into making a whole record with somebody is definitely the bigger commitment. I think we agreed to go into the studio for a few days just to try it out, remember? And…

ARMSTONG: Yeah, yeah.

JONES: And we ended up pretty much doing the whole record in about five days. It was really fun. And then we went back a few months later to revisit it and do a few extra songs over again.

Reprise Records will release Foreverly on November 25th. Below, listen to “Long Time Gone.”

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Just Announced: Green Day reschedules Liacouras Center show for April 3

After postponing their entire 2013 tour when singer Billie Joe Armstrong entered treatment for substance abuse, 90s pop-punkers Green Day today announced a set of rescheduled dates; their stop at the Liacouras Center on Temple University’s campus will now happen on Wednesday, April 3. In a three part statement on Instagram, Armstrong thanked fans for their support.

Dear friends
I just wanted to thank you all for the love support you’ve showed for the past few months. Believe me, it hasn’t gone unnoticed and I’m eternally grateful to have such an amazing set of friends and faimly. I’m getting better every day. So now, without further ado, the show must go on.. We can’t wait to get on the road and live out loud! Our passion has only grown stronger.
Happy new year
We love you all
Rage and love
XX BILLE JOE
P.s.. Green day tour in march

Word on whether original tickets will be honored or when new tickets become available is TBD.

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Watch Best Coast cover Nirvana’s “About a Girl” (opening for Green Day at The Liacouras Center in January)

At their show last night in Brussels, Belgium, indie pop band Best Coast covered Nirvana’s “About a Girl.” Currently on tour in support of their sophomore album The Only Place, the band announced that beginning in January it will join Green Day on tour. The two bands will appear at the Liacouras Center at Temple on January 22nd. More ticket information for that show can be found here. Below, watch Best Coast perform “About a Girl.”

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Just announced: Green Day playing the Liacouras Center on January 22nd

Photo via http://www.greenday.com/

Green Day have announced their upcoming ¡UNO!, ¡DOS!, ¡TRÉ! tour. The band play Philly on Tuesday, January 22nd at the Liacouras Center at Temple University. Green Day fan club members have the chance of purchasing pre=sale tickets this Wednesday, September 12th at 10AM. Go here for more information. Green Day are releasing a trilogy of albums; Green Day ¡Uno!, Green Day ¡Dos!, and Green Day ¡Tré!. ¡Uno! will be released by Reprise Records on September 25th followed by ¡Dos! on November 13th and ¡Tré! on January 15th, 2013. Below, watch the video for “Oh Love.”