Green Day recording new version of "21 Guns" with American Idiot cast
Multi-platinum rock band Green Day are in the studio this week recording a new version of their hit single “21 Guns” with the cast of American Idiot — the critically acclaimed stage version of the band’s 2004 album that has been playing at Berkeley Rep since early September.
The band’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 “21 Guns” 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 “the hottest fall theatre ticket,” by the San Jose Mercury News, American Idiot brought Green Day’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.
“21 Guns” is the second single from Green Day’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 “Best Rock Video.” The band recently completed a sold out European tour and will next appear on the American Music Awards on November 22nd, followed by NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly on December 31st.