An album’s success depends on a number of variables, including timing, marketing, and luck. Additionally, it can be challenging for a musician to put out albums that sell well over time regularly. A dearth of promotion, unappealing music, or releasing an album when the intended audience is not listening can all contribute to album failure. It is still challenging for an album to become a success, even with the ideal mix of good fortune, timing, and promotion. When it comes to Green Day, many people still wonder about their trilogy album.
The idea of releasing three albums of new material didn’t seem difficult to stomach because the pop-punk legends had already established a niche by creating rock operas on American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown. At the moment, Billie Joe Armstrong appeared enthusiastic about the undertaking. While talking about it he said,
“This is the best music we’ve ever written, and the songs just keep coming. Every song has the power and energy that represents Green Day on all emotional levels. We just can’t help ourselves… We are going epic as f***!”
The trilogy albums by Green Day were issued over the course of four months in 2012. The three recordings, Uno!, Dos!, and Tre!, cover a variety of musical genres, such as punk rock, power pop, and alternative rock. The main criticism leveled at the album by listeners was that it sounded like Green Day by numbers, with some tracks sounding less distinctive than what the band was known for. Although it may have appeared that the band was experiencing an artistic slump, worse things were actually going on.
Armstrong began to develop a painkiller addiction around the time the album was being recorded and was not taking care of himself while on the road. Armstrong lost his cool during the performance of the band at the iHeartRadio music festival while the cameras were recording. Armstrong became enraged when informed he had one minute left to perform the song “Basket Case” before smashing his guitar and leaving the stage.
Armstrong checked himself into a drug and alcohol treatment facility shortly after the program aired and revealed that he couldn’t even recall what he had said the night of the performance. Armstrong wasn’t too kind to his three-album “masterwork” when performing the press tour for the following release. While promoting his album Revolution Radio, he acknowledged that. While talking about the album, he said.
“Those records have absolutely no direction to them. It was about being prolific for the sake of it. So we were just going and going”. Armstrong said that his abuse affected his judgment when putting the record together, saying, “I thought my life was completely normal. And I wasn’t. I was on drugs, and people don’t act rationally when on drugs.”