Green Day Release High-Octane New Song, ‘Dilemma’


Image of the band Green Day on a summer deck lying in chairs.

Green Day – Author Charles Ken, Photo via Emmie America

It’s pretty cool that the guys of Green Day have been rocking the punk scene for decade, and they’re still at the center of punk music and American culture. Now, the band – which features Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool – have released their latest single, “Dilemma.” The song will arrive on the group’s 14th studio album, “Saviors,” out Jan. 19, 2023. It follows the album’s previously released singles, “The American Dream Is Killing Me” and “Look Ma, No Brains!”.

Along with the new song, the band has released a wild black-and-white music video for “Saviors.” The video shows Armstrong passed out on the ground as he cries, “I was sober now I’m drunk again / I’m in trouble and in love again / I don’t want to be a dead man walking / I don’t want to be a dead man walking.” How real is that? The music video also shows the band partying too hard and performing live, but as the party ends, Armstrong starts remembering things in color and it hit with the truth. In other words, getting wasted doesn’t get rid of all your problems. Imagine that?

As with a lot of Green Day’s music, Armstrong wrote the lyrics for “Saviors” from his personal experience.

“‘Dilemma’ was one of those songs that was kind of easy to write because it was so personal to me,” Armstrong says in a press release. “We’ve seen so many of our peers struggle with addiction and mental illness. This song is all about the pain that comes from those experiences.”

It’s been a big year for Green Day. The band announced their new album, “The American Dream Is Killing Me,” and released the first single, “Saviors,” in October. They made the big announcement following their set during a Las Vegas takeover during When We Were Young Festival weekend in Las Vegas. “Saviors” is currently No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock & Alternative Airplay Chart.

“Recorded in London and Los Angeles, Saviors is the latest powerful collaboration between Green Day and Grammy-winning producer Rob Cavallo, whose notable previous work with Green Day includes two of the band’s most iconic albums, 1994’s ‘Dookie’ and 2004’s ‘American Idiot,'” a press release explains. The new album also arrives right around the time of the 30th anniversary of “Dookie,” and the band has already been celebrating “Dookie” with the release of a deluxe edition of the album and a surprise show in Las Vegas, where they rocked “Dookie” to a sold-out crowd. Can you believe it’s been 30 years since “Dookie” arrived? The song off that album are so youthful, so it seems like that album will never age.

In other news, Green Day recently announced a 2024 stadium tour with support from a bevy of big-named artists and bands, including The Smashing Pumpkins, Rancid and The Linda Lindas in North America and Nothing But Thieves, The Hives, Donots, The Interrupters and Maid of Ace in the U.K. and Europe. The tour will begin in Europe in May 2024 and travel to North America in July for a summer leg in the States.

Charles Ken
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