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Green Day will take their time with 12th album

Billie Joe Armstrong insists Green Day will take as much time as they need over their 12th album – and won’t even commit to releasing it next year.

The band are recovering from being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame last month, an event that interrupted a planned year off.

Armstrong tells Rolling Stone: “I’ve got four or five songs right now. I’m going to take it really slow. I’m going to make sure every moment is inspired and that we have something really special to us.”

He adds: “It’s going in the right direction – there’s definitely a great spirit going on. We’re honouring music. We want to make a great album.”

Asked whether the results might appear in 2016 he replies: “I can’t say.”

Green Day performed a warm-up show featuring original drummer John Kiffmeyer before their appearance at the Rock Hall induction in Cleveland, Ohio.

Armstrong says of the ceremony: “I was freaking out. I was beyond nervous. My wife was like, ‘Why don’t you go over and say hi to so-and-so?’

“I’m like, ‘I can’t get out of my seat right now – I’ve about to have a coronary.’ It was kind of like being at your own wedding and your own funeral.”

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.