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31 October 2021

Green Day Share ‘Basket Case’ From New ‘BBC Sessions’ Live Album

Green Day Basket Case BBC Sessions
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Green Day have shared a 1994 performance of Basket Case from one of the sessions that make up their new The BBC Sessions live album. You can listen to it below.

The record, which is released on 10 December, compiles all of the band’s Maida Vale sessions from across their career: 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2001.

Their first session was recorded on June 8, 1994, a few months after the band released their celebrated third album Dookie. Basket Case was one of the songs they performed alongside When I Come Around.

The 16-track ‘The BBC Sessions’ will be available in multiple physical formats, including CD and limited edition 2LP vinyl versions, a Sea Blue/Hot Pink edition exclusive to the band’s online web store, and a Milky Clear version to be sold at indie record shops.

“Over the years we’ve always looked forward to doing the BBC sessions,” Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt said in a statement. “All of our favourite artists have done them. We knew these recordings would come out one day and be something special.” Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong added: “Oftentimes I think the BBC session recordings are better than the originals.”

Earlier this month the band released the second part of a limited edition 7″ vinyl, which is available exclusively to subscribers to their coffee company, Oakland Coffee Works.

Part one (which is pressed on platinum white vinyl) features live versions of the songs 2000 Light Years Away and She from their 1994 BBC Radio 1 session, while the second part (pressed on ‘deep purple’ vinyl) features Basket Case and When I Come Around.

In other Green Day news, the band recently finished up the North American leg of their ‘Hella Mega Tour’ with Fall Out Boy and Weezer. Rescheduled UK dates will take place next summer after multiple COVID-related delays, however these shows are yet to be confirmed.

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