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"The Hella Mega Tour" Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer

by Margaret Stewart
Tue, Sep 17th 2019 11:00 pm

When audiences of the alternative music genre talk about their favorite bands, the names Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer and The Interrupters are bound to crop up. So to say fans were ecstatic when the bands announced they would be going on tour together is an understatement. 

The Hella Mega Tour is set to begin in Paris, France in June 2020, and will end in Philadelphia, PA in August. In order to promote the tour and get fans even more excited, Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer all released singles playing off the Van Halen theme of the tour.

Green Day’s single is titled “Father of All…” and is the title track of its new album “Father of All Motherf*****s.” The track blends the band’s new style with the original Green Day sound which is both exciting and disappointing. Part of its new feel involves a practice many new bands in the genre utilize resulting in the distortion of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s voice.

“Dear Future Self” featuring Wyclef Jean is the newest track from Fall Out Boy but is not accompanied by a new album. It calls back to  “American Beauty/ American Psycho” and is lyrically brilliant. There is a line that goes: “Saw what they did to Jesus/ Dude’ll kill you for no reason, and charge you for treason.” The line allows the audience to ponder why fans and the press are so quick to crucify and judge people based on zero facts.

Weezer’s “The End of The Game” which will be on its 2020 album “Van Weezer” is my favorite of the three. The band’s 14th album will be Van Halen themed and will also be released on vinyl. Sporting a variety of exciting designs, one of the vinyl options comes in lilac and glows in the dark. 

Based on this one single, the album has definite “Pacific Daydream” vibes. The song starts with strong guitar riffs mixed with drums, background vocalizations and synth. The track then breaks into a classic rock beat mixing with Weezer’s iconic alt-rock/indie sound courtesy of Rivers Cuomo.

Tickets for the 2020 tour were available for pre-sale Monday, Sept. 16 for North America. The tickets went up for sale at 10 a.m. and by 2:30 p.m. the pit and first few blocks of seats were already sold out. Ticket prices range from reasonable to outlandish with seats starting at $30 and costing up to $700.

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