Green Day releases live album of unreleased BBC sessions


Months after the release of their groundbreaking 1994 album Dookie, Green Day broke into the BBC’s Maia Vale studios, less than a mile from the famous Abbey Rd studio, for a frenzied four-song set. They performed “She”, “When I Come Around”, “Basket Case” and “2000 Light Years” (the latter from their previous album Kerplunk). The Bay Area punk trio of Billy Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool had no idea they were on the verge of global stardom. And they probably never imagined that this would be the first of four sessions in the next eight years that they would host for the BBC in Maida Vale.

Now these four sessions come out as 16 tracks BBC sessions live album, released on December 10 via Reprise. In addition to this 1994 recording, there is a 1996 session of the Insomniac run, a 1998 session of the Nimrod era, and finally a stop in 2001 following the release of Warning. This is the first time that these recordings have been mastered, and a preview in the form of the “2000 Light Years” performance from that first session is now available, and it sounds good… flawless. Overall, it’s a window into the Lightning in a Bottle that the band found early on, and the magic that they kept pulling from the well over the years.

Listen to “2000 Light Years Away (BBC Live Session)” above, check out album art and tracklist below, and check out dates for Green Day’s 2022 European Tour. here.

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1. “She” (Live on the BBC 8 June 1994)
2. “When I come” (Live on the BBC 8 June 1994)
3. “Basket Case” (Live on the BBC on June 8, 1994)
4. “2000 light years” (Live on BBC 8 June 1994)
5. “Geek Stink Breath” (Live on BBC 3 November 1996)
6. “Brain Stew / Jaded” (Live on BBC 3 November 1996)
7. “Walking Contradiction” (Live on BBC 3 November 1996)
8. “Stuck With Me” (Live on BBC 3 November 1996)
9. “Hitchin ‘A Ride” (Live on BBC February 12, 1998)
10. “Nice Guys Finish Last” (Live on BBC February 12, 1998)
11. “Prosthetic Head” (Live on BBC February 12, 1998)
12. “Redundant” (Live on BBC 12 February 1998)
13. “Castaway” (Live on BBC August 28, 2001)
14. “Church On Sunday” (Live on BBC August 28, 2001)
15. “Minority” (Live on BBC August 28, 2001)
16. “On Hold” (Live on BBC August 28, 2001)

BBC sessions was released on 12/10/2021 via Reprise Records. Pre-order / register it here.

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