Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong jams with Replacements, E Street Band members
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Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong spent New Year's Eve (December 31st) at a club called Berlin in lower Manhattan, where he jammed with the E Street Band’s Steven Van Zandt, the Replacements’ Tommy Stinson, Blondie’s Clem Burke, the Hold Steady’s Tad Kubler, venue owner and singer/songwriter Jesse Malin, and Armstrong’s own sons. The impromptu punk-glam supergroup knocked out a bunch of covers during the evening, including the 1983 Replacements classic “Color Me Impressed."
- Armstrong's older son, 22-year-old Joey Armstrong, plays drums in a band called SWMRS, while his younger brother performs under the name Jakob Danger. Their father not long ago had said that he's proud of both boys: "Yeah, they're in great bands. They're really good. I'm a fan. I wouldn't be answering this question if I thought they sucked. They're really good bands -- super creative and totally rockin' and they're different. And they love music more than anything else."
- Green Day released a greatest hits collection in November called God's Favorite Band. The set included two new songs, "Back In The USA" and a different version of "Ordinary World" featuring Miranda Lambert.
- The punk trio recently teamed up with music marketplace Reverb to sell off a hefty amount of their gear in a "garage sale," including guitars, amps, and even a recording console used throughout the band's history.