Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong continues with his "No Fun Mondays" sessions with Johnny Thunders' "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory", as announced earlier today, March 30.
As a part of his efforts to keep fans occupied during the Coronavirus social distancing period, Armstrong launched his "No Fun Mondays" quarantine sessions. In an Instagram post today, the 48-year-old singer-guitarist shared that he is "going to release a cover song every week until we're let back out into the world".
The rock frontman then introduced "this week's song", which was the 1978 single from the late New York Dolls lead guitarist Johnny Thunders. While this week's cover is technically the first edition of Armstrong's quarantine sessions, he has already released a cover song uploaded on Green Day's YouTube channel last week. Billie Joe did "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tommy James and the Shondells, posted March 24, and now has over 600,000 views. He records the cover songs in his bedroom, and the music videos feature a montage of Green Day photos over the years.
Earlier this week, Billie Joe Armstrong was among the artists who performed in the Fox and iHeartMedia collaborative concert, iHeart Living Room Concert for America, hosted by Sir Elton John. Billie Joe performed the Green Day iconic hit "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" from his bedroom and with his dog.
"I hope everybody's happy and healthy' or trying to be as happy as possible in this really stressful time", the Green Day frontman said during his segment in the living room concert, adding that "it's an honor to be playing for everyone".
The iHeart Living Room Concert was simultaneously live-streamed online and aired on TV. It aimed to raise awareness regarding the coronavirus disease as well as raise funds for people affected, especially the front line responders. Other artists in the event included Alicia Keys, H.E.R, and Mariah Carey, among others.
Green Day has also released their latest work, studio album "Father of All..." last February under Reprise Records. It marks the 13th album by the band and debuted at the fourth spot on the US Billboard 200, posting 48,000 total sales that included 42,000 direct album sales. It also topped album charts in other countries, including Australia, Scotland, Switzerland, and the UK.
Its lead single, also the title track, was earlier released last September 10, 2019, followed by the release of its official music video nine days later. The album's third released single, "Oh Yeah," came out in January this year. Green Day's royalties from this single and its music video were donated to the International Justice Mission as well as the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Networks - non-profit organizations helping abuse and sexual assault victims. The title "Oh Yeah" comes from Joan Jett's version of Gary Glitter single "Do You Wanna Touch Me", where the Green Day chorus was also sampled. The move to donate the band's royalties stemmed from Glitter's history with sexual abuse and previous convictions.