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Green Day, Weezer & Fall Out Boy Unite For 2020 Hella Mega Tour
Green Day, Weezer and Fall Out Boy have answered forgotten dreams from your teen self: the alt-rock stalwarts have revealed details for their joint Hella Mega Tour. The epic 28-date global stadium trek kicks off in Paris on June 13, 2020 and wraps up in Philadelphia on Aug. 29. The three bands have marked the occasion by each sharing new singles, all from their newly announced forthcoming 2020 albums.
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The aptly named Hella Mega Tour will have eight shows across Europe next June, closing that first leg out on June 29 in Dublin. They'll start things back up in Seattle on July 17 at T-Mobile Park, at 20 open-air sports arenas across the continent. The concerts will happen at San Francisco's Oracle Park on July 21, Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium on July 25 and Chicago's Wrigley Field on Aug. 13, to name a few, with the final one taking place on Aug. 29 in Philadelphia.
Los Angeles ska band The Interrupters will open for all North American dates. Rolling Stone reveals that the order of each night will continue with GRAMMY winners Weezer, followed by GRAMMY nominees Fall Out Boy, ending with four-time golden gramophone winners—and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers—Green Day.
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A much more intimate show with the three bands, at West Hollywood's historic 500-capacity Whiskey A Go Go, has been announced for tonight, Sept. 10, without any information on how to obtain tickets. You can go camp outside on Sunset Boulevard right now, or you can plan on tuning into "Jimmy Kimmel Live" for the next three nights. Weezer, Fall Out Boy and Green Day will each perform as the special musical guests on the L.A.-based late-night show tonight, tomorrow and Thursday, respectively.
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong said the joint tour idea began with them and was inspired by classic '80s and '90s arena rock. As highlighted in the Rolling Stone article, he, along with Weezer's Rivers Cuomo and Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, spoke to Beats 1 host Zane Lowe this morning about the upcoming trek and new music.
"We talked about how we weren't really wanting to do stadiums and [instead] do something that was like throwback to the Monsters of Rock Tour," Armstrong said, citing the shows featuring Van Halen, Metallica, Aerosmith and others. "There was, of course, Fall Out Boy and Weezer and now we're stoked."
Wentz, who was born seven years after Armstrong, also wants to keep the big rock vibes alive. "I remember in the 1990s there was this one summer, and Guns N' Roses [and] Metallica went on the stadium tour and my parents didn't let me go to it… I feel trapped in that forever and we wanted to recreate that memory."
Doing their part to keep rock alive, the bands all released lead singles from their newly announced upcoming albums, which you can listen to below. Weezer's new track, "The End of the Game," is filled with '80s glam-rock guitar riffs and will be featured on Van Weezer, due out in May 2020. Green Day elicits the early So Cal garage-punk rock days on "Father of All…," from their upcoming February album of the same name.
Fall Out Boy gets an assist from sonic chameleon Wyclef Jean on the angsty, high-tempo "Dear Future Self (Hands Up)," from their upcoming album Greatest Hits: Believers Never Die – Volume Two. The album is due out next month, Nov. 15, and will serve as their second "greatest hits" compilation LP, with volume one dropping in 2009.
A variety of pre-sales begin on Sept. 16, with tickets going on sale to the general public on Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. local time. Pre-ordering any of the band's new albums or signing up for their email lists will grant pre-sale ticket access. You can find all ticketing info and all tour dates at hellamegatour.com.