Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day Premieres Cover of ‘That’s Rock N’ Roll,’ a 1977 Top 10 Hit for Shaun Cassidy (Written by Eric Carmen)

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Each Monday for pretty much the entirety of the COVID-19 pandemic thus far, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day has premiered a cover song of a tune he considers influential to his life and career.

Called #NoFunMondays, it’s actually been quite fun, and allowed Armstrong to stay busy while being otherwise bored at home.

His latest song in the series is “That’s Rock N’ Roll,” which was made famous by Shaun Cassidy in 1977, after being written by Eric Carmen of the Raspberries the year before.

Here’s Armstrong’s cover:

The Shaun Cassidy version, which was a Top 10 hit in 1977:

And Eric Carmen’s own version:

This follows previous entries from Billie Joe Armstrong in this series, including his rendition of a solo song from Stiv Bators of Dead Boys:

Other recent covers from Armstrong include:

“Kids in America” by Kim Wilde and the Muffs

“War Stories” by the Starjets, a perhaps not well-known and short-lived New Wave/punk band from Belfast

A tribute to the late Adam Schlesinger with “That Thing You Do!”:

As well as a fun rendition of “Manic Monday” by the Bangles, featuring Susanna Hoffs:

On a related note, Green Day’s Hella Mega Tour planned for this summer with Weezer and Fall Out Boy is technically still happening — but with the pandemic still changing things on a minute-by-minute basis, it remains to be seen if the outing will indeed happen this summer or be rescheduled/canceled as the logistics dictate.


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