Green Day spent Valentine’s Day in Oakland laying down tracks for their first album since 2009’s 21st Century Breakdown. “Officially started recording the new record today,” frontman Billie Joe Armstrong wrote on Twitter. “It’s FUCK TIME!!!!” Songs in contention for the album may include “Wow, That’s Loud,” “Make-Out Party,” “Carpe Diem” and other riff-driven rockers that the band previewed at a tiny club show in New York last fall.
This story is from the March 15th, 2012 issue of Rolling Stone.