Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has told MTV News that the era of concept records is over for the group with the release of their upcoming three albums, Uno!, Dos! and Tre!. Armstrong explained, "The last two albums, American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown, sort of bookend each other, and it's the end of that era. I think with writing these three albums . . . we just started writing songs, just getting back to basics, more stripped-down rock and roll."
Armstrong added, "We just started noticing the changes that were happening, so Uno! is more of a power-pop record, Dos! is more of a dirty, party, garage record, and Tre! is sort of this epic ending of the whole thing... So it's kind of like going around the world in 37 songs with Green Day."
Bassist Mike Dirnt added that there is no unifying theme tying all three albums together, saying, "Each album has its own personality. They're not tied together in concept; it's just three different sides of Green Day. We definitely never planned to do three albums; it just ended up being fun."
Uno! will be released on September 25th, with Dos! to follow on November 13th and Tre! coming on January 15th, 2013.
The first single from Uno!, called "Oh, Love," arrived two weeks ago.
Green Day's only announced performance so far in 2012 will be a headlining slot at the second annual iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas on September 21st and 22nd.