In normal circumstances, the singer/guitarist keeps himself pretty busy, whether with his “day job” or his various side projects. But with self-isolation and social distancing measures in place as we all try to curb the spread of COVID-19, he’s been motivated to start a new covers series, releasing cover songs of pretty much whatever he wants.
This began last week when Armstrong recorded a solo cover of Tommy James & the Shondells’ classic “I Think We’re Alone Now,” recorded by himself in his bedroom:
Today, Billie Joe Armstrong announced No Fun Mondays, a new series of solo covers that he intends to follow up each week “until we’re let back out into the world.”
Today’s cover is “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory,” originally released by Johnny Thunders as a single in 1978:
This cover song and series comes right after Armstrong took part in FOX and iHeartRadio’s Living Room Concert event that aired on Sunday night, raising funds for those battling the pandemic. Sitting at home with his dogs, Armstrong played Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” on the show:
This No Fun Mondays business is a neat little way for Armstrong to keep himself occupied musically during a time of great confusion, and it’s also a fun way for Green Day fans to receive new music from their hero.
Stay tuned for more …