Multi-platinum rock band Green Day are in the studio this week recording a new version of their hit single â€œ21 Gunsâ€ with the cast of American Idiot â€” the critically-acclaimed stage version of the bandâ€™s 2004 album that has been playing at Berkeley Rep since early September. The bandâ€™s singer and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong is producing the track, which will impact radio at the end of November and be made available for purchase through all digital retailers.
Green Day, which also includes bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tre Cool, are shooting a video for â€œ21 Gunsâ€ with the American Idiot cast. American Idiot premiered at Berkeley Rep on September 4th and was extended through to November 15th due to record-breaking sales and unprecedented demand for seats. Called â€œthe hottest fall theatre ticket,â€ by the San Jose Mercury News, American Idiot brought Green Dayâ€™s blockbuster album to life in a show staged by Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), who collaborated with Armstrong on the story.
â€œ21 Gunsâ€ is the second single from Green Dayâ€™s gold album 21st Century Breakdown. The digital version of the track has gone platinum, selling more than one million downloads, while the video won three 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in September, including â€œBest Rock Video.â€ The band will play NBCâ€™s New Yearâ€™s Eve with Carson Daly on December 31st.