Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer are teaming up for a massive stadium trek they’ve dubbed The Hella Mega Tour.
Tickets for the shows, kicking off on 13th June 2020 in Paris, go on sale on 20th September.
To coincide with the tour, which includes stops at Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park, London Stadium, and The John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield, all three bands are releasing a new single from their forthcoming albums.
Green Day, who last played in the UK on their 2017 Revolution Radio tour, have shared Father Of All…, which is a sign of things to come.
The lead track on their forthcoming 13th studio album of the same name, out on 7th February 2020, is a short, punchy punk-rock anthem.
“[The album] is only 26 minutes long, so it’s the shortest record we’ve made, I think since Dookie or Insomnia,” Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong explained on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music’s Beats 1 show. “I realised I hate long songs.”
The five-time Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have sold more than 70 million records sold worldwide and hit 10 billion cumulative audio/visual streams since forming in 1986 in Berkeley, California.
Their 1994 breakout album Dookie, which sold over 10 million, helped popularise and revive mainstream interest in punk rock. In 2004, Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool released the rock opera American Idiot which took home the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. In 2010, a stage adaptation of American Idiot debuted on Broadway.
Fall Out Boy’s new single Dear Future Self (Hands Up) features Wyclef Jean and will be featured on their forthcoming record Greatest Hits: Believers Never Die – Volume Two, out on 15th November.
“We’ve always been big fans of Fugees and Wyclef,” the band’s Pete Wentz revealed to Lowe. “He’s got an incredible sense of melody that’s kind of out there. It’s like you can tell it’s a mix from all over kind of the globe, which is cool and super inspired by seeing my kids that they just listen to song to song to song to song.”
The track is the band’s first new music since the August 2018 release of the three-song Lake Effect Kid EP, a love letter to their hometown city of Chicago that featured the full version of the band’s previously unreleased title track demo along with two new songs City in A Garden and Super Fade.
In January, Fall Out Boy were featured on the track I’ve Been Waiting, a collaboration from Lil Peep and iLoveMakonnen. Fall Out Boy’s seventh studio album M A N I A debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 in January 2018 and garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album.
Weezer’s new single The End of the Game, produced by Suzy Shinn, will be included on their forthcoming 14th studio album, entitled Van Weezer, due out in May 2020.
The inspiration for this album derives from the deepest roots of Weezer: metal. In his earliest years, frontman Rivers Cuomo was a huge KISS fan; guitarist Brian Bell was a big Black Sabbath fan; drummer Pat Wilson worshipped at the altar of Van Halen and Rush; and bass player Scott Shriner loved Slayer and Metallica.
The End of the Game is Weezer’s first new song since this year’s release of Weezer (The Black Album), as well as their covers album, Weezer (The Teal Album), which featured their surprise-hit rendition of Toto’s Africa.
Weezer have sold over 35 million records worldwide since their debut album’s release in 1994 thanks to songs like Buddy Holly, Undone (The Sweater Song), Say It Ain’t So, El Scorcho, and Hash Pipe.
Throw in the equally hit-laden back catalogues of Green Day and Fall Out Boy, and The Hella Mega Tour promises to be a huge-scale rock spectacle. And that’s exactly what Armstrong intended.
”We talked about how we weren’t really wanting to do stadiums and do something that was like throwback to the Monsters of Rock Tour,” he told Lowe. “There was, of course, Fall Out Boy and Weezer and now we’re stoked.”
The Hella Mega Tour Europe & UK dates:
13th June 2020: Paris, France, La Defense Arena
14th June 2020: Groningen, Netherlands, Stadspark
17th June 2020: Antwerp, Belgium, Sportpaleis
21st June 2020: Vienna, Austria, Ernst Happel Stadium
24th June 2020: Glasgow, Scotland, Bellahouston Park
26th June 2020: London, England, London Stadium
27th June 2020: Huddersfield, England, The John Smith’s Stadium
29th June 2020: Dublin, Ireland, RDS Arena