Hold onto your skinny jeans, everybody, because Green Day has not one, but two movies showing at this year's SXSW film festival in Austin next month. One is titled Broadway Idiot (a documentary about Billie Joe Armstrong's work on the American Idiot musical) and the other is called ¡Cuatro! (a documentary about the making of the trio's latest three albums ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tre!, all of which were released last year).
Now, as music nerds, we will watch any and all music documentaries ever made. And we really do mean all -- even that Katy Perry one where she's on tour all the time wearing ridiculous cake-related swimsuits. We don't even like that woman, and that movie still made us cry. (There's this scene where Russell Brand is breaking up with her and she's
crying uncontrollably backstage, but then she still has to get her shit together and get on stage with a smile on her face... Let's just say it's incredibly upsetting to watch.)
So, technically, if we can feel all that about Katy bloody Perry, we should be excited as all get out about these Green Day movies. Won't it be just fascinating to see the East Bay punk rock legends making their mark on Broadway? Won't it be great to see how the band works in the studio, behind the scenes? Well, kind of. The problem is, we're suffering from acute Green Day fatigue right now. Because -- and we can't overstate this enough -- no artist on earth should ever release three records at the same time. Ever.
Putting out three albums at once says a lot of things about a band. Like, "We have no idea how to edit ourselves anymore." And, "Our egos are so inflated, we think the world wants three full-lengths from us simultaneously." We also couldn't help but wonder if the whole concept was dreamed up in a drunken stupor one night, based solely around the fact that it would be kind of funny to call an album ¡Tre!, then stick Tre Cool's face on the cover, all on his own.