The three rock bands you associate with the ’90s and early ’00s will perform throughout Europe and the U.S. when they launch their “Hella Mega” stadium tour, starting June 13, 2020 in Paris, France. The following month, the bands will make their way to the U.S., kicking off the North American leg of their tour with a show in Seattle on July 17, 2020.
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong says the idea for the tour was inspired by a series of tours in the 1980s and 1990s that featured famous bands like Van Halen, Metallica and Aerosmith, among others.
”We talked about how we weren’t really wanting to do stadiums and do something that was like throwback to the Monsters of Rock Tour, “Armstrong told Rolling Stone. “There was, of course, Fall Out Boy and Weezer and now we’re stoked.”
The announcement show took place Thursday at Whiskey a Go Go in West Hollywood, California.
To build excitement for the upcoming tour, the bands all released new music alongside the tour announcement. All three have upcoming albums, although Fall Out Boy’s release is a greatest hits compilation.
Green Day’s “Father of All…” is off the album of the same name. It’s a short album; the whole thing clocks in at just 26 minutes. It’s due out on February 7, 2020. Green Day became popular in about 1994, and are from the same generation as Weezer.
“Van Weezer” is due out on May 1, 2020. Weezer’s contribution is “The End of the Game.” Weezer had a similar initial path to stardom to Green Day; both became mainstream after their videos went into heavy rotation on MTV back in the mid-1990s.
Fall Out Boy’s “Greatest Hits: Believers Never Die – Volume Two” will be out on November 15. They just released the video “Dear Future Self (Hands up) ft. Wyclef Jean.” This band gained popularity about 10 years after Weezer and Green Day and call themselves fans of both.
The three bands also released a promotional video with the dates of the tour, swapping their faces onto the cast of “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” in a clip from the 2004 movie. Check it out on YouTube:
In addition to Seattle, other U.S. stops on the tour include San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Chicago, Pittsburg, Hershey, Detroit, Washington D.C., New York, Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia and Commerce City, Colorado. They also make a stop in Toronto, Canada. More dates and cities may be announced in the future.
Ska punk band The Interruptors will open for the three headliners. They’re from Los Angeles and have been around since 2011; their last album, “Fight the Good Fight,” was released in June 2018. Here’s a video from one of the songs from that recent release:
According to Billboard, each of the bands’ last live tours averaged about 27,000 fans per night — so they’ve definitely got a shot at selling out the 20 U.S. baseball stadiums they’ll be playing in next year. The tour is made possible by the fact that all three bands are now managed by Crush Music.
Excited to see the show? Pre-sale tickets go on sale on Sept. 16; to get a pre-sale code, you’ll need to pre-order one of the upcoming albums or join one of the bands’ mailing lists. The general sale launches on Sept. 20 for North American dates.
Will you be there?