Named after the song “Last of the American Girls” off “21st Century Breakdown,” the book is described as “an inspiring homage and handbook for the rebellious everywoman who refuses to capitulate,” according to a statement from their publisher. No further details are available at this time, but the book is being further billed as a celebration of “true rebel girls,” another song reference to the “American Idiot” track “She’s a Rebel.”
When the shop launches February 7, you’ll be able to buy a guitar used on Dookie, speaker cabinets still marked from the mud-fight at Woodstock ‘94, drum kits that have toured the world (and some remnants that have been set ablaze), vintage bass amps, and recording gear. Enter your email address in the signup box below to be notified as soon as the items are available.
Side projects, in general, are healthy for the long-term well being of a band as it allows the multiple band members to experiment with new sounds and ideas that may not be best suited for the main unit. That being said, it’s hard to find too many differences between Billie Joe’s new side gig, The Longshot, and Green Day. Billie Joe sounds just as confident as ever on the new LP and it initially reminded me of the sleek and polish of another recent side project (Foxboro Hottubs) but with more production sheen on The Longshot’s debut album.
The Longshot is comprised of guitarist Kevin Preston, drummer David Field, and bassist Jeff Matika (who has toured extensively with Green Day). “Love is for Losers” spans over 11 easily digestible tracks, with a total running time of 32 minutes. Kicking off the set with “The Last Time” Billie Joe croons, “I’ll give you all my blood, til it’s a waste of time/If that’s not good enough, you’re always on my mind.” These tongue-in-cheek lyrics are what we have grown to expect from our fearless pop-punk leader, yet it’s also a good album disclaimer of “take it or leave it.”
Billie Joe Armstrong’s new project, The Longshot, had their live debut at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records in Oakland, California over the weekend. The band sold a limited edition 7″ vinyl at the show and the live band was filled out with Green Day touring guitarist Jeff Matika on bass and vocals, Kevin Preston on guitar, and David S. Field is on drums.