NEW ALBUM: GREEN DAY | BBC SESSIONS (LIVE)
California punk-rockers Green Day were regulars touring the U.K. in the 1990s and early 2000s, and now, the band is readying a new compilation of their BBC Sessions. features four seminal performances recorded at BBC’s legendary Maida Vale Studios from 1994, 1996, 1998, and 2001 together on one album, marking the first time these recordings have been mastered for official release. It was all to promote their “Dookie,” “Insomniac,” “Nimrod” and “Warning” albums and a time when Green Day was blowing up and becoming one of the biggest alternative rock acts in the world. The first live performance took place on June 8, 1994, four months following when the band’s “Dookie” album dropped. That set featured popular songs such as “She,” “When I Come Around,” “Basket Case,” and “2000 Light Years,” all of which were extremely popular in the U.K. at the time. Later on, Green Day toured the U.K. and brought later hits such as “Brain Stew / Jaded,” “Walking Contradictions,” an F-bomb featuring “Nice Guys Finish Last,” “Minority,” and “Waiting,” which are also included in the set. Green Day’s BBC Session collection will arrive newly mastered on CD, in digital formats and as a 2LP vinyl set with Sea Blue and Hot Pink colour options via the band’s official store. Those who it up indie retailers will also find a vinyl version in Milky Clear. The release also features liner notes from BBC Radio 1 host Steve Lamacq, who was part of all the sessions.