Billie Joe Armstrong thinks Green Day fans have an appetite for albums with a story, which has driven the concept to their forthcoming musical trilogy "¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tre!".
"I'm not going to conform to some consumer need," he told Billboard (via NME). "I believe people want to hear this kind of music, that people want to hear records that have a story. Or maybe they don't. I have no idea."
He says he wants to write killer songs that "speak to each other within an album"
— except this time they'll speak across three separate records.
The band recognises that their new trilogy is an ambitious goal, but Billie's wife convinced him it was worth pursuing:
"Putting out even a double-record, let alone a triple-record, it didn't seem like it would work for us in this day and age. We wanted all of it to come out because we were proud of it, and then I was thinking in terms of volumes - one, two and three. I was in my kitchen and thought, 'What if we called them 'Uno,' 'Dos, 'Tré,' just as a joke?'
"And I told my wife about it and she said, 'Actually that's kind of a brilliant idea.' Then I brought it to the guys and asked them what they thought. They let it sink in and said yeah. Put my photo on the first one, Mike on the second one and Tré on the third."
Two documentaries will coincide with the forthcoming album release, with one following the band as they prepare the new trilogy and the other documenting their early years before "Dookie".
"¡Uno!" will be released on September 24, with the second and third albums being released in November and January.
Hear "Oh Love", the first song from their crop of new music, right here: