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Billie Joe Armstrong's New Band Is Coming to Phoenix

Billie Joe Armstrong knows how to put the blitzkrieg in “Blitzkrieg Bop.” The Green Day frontman and pop-punk icon debuted his new band, The Longshot, with a sudden burst of releases and a tour announcement.

After dropping a three-track EP last week, Armstrong and company released a surprise full-length record called Love Is for Losers on Friday, April 20. That same day, the band announced a string of small-club tour dates, including a show in downtown Phoenix.

The Longshot are scheduled to perform at Valley Bar on Saturday, May 5. Tickets go on sale via Stateside Presents at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 27. Prices range from $27.50 to $30.

Teaming up with guitarist Kevin Preston, drummer David S. Field, and Green Day touring guitarist Jeff Matika on bass, The Longshot are going on tour to promote the debut album. With 11 tracks clocking in at 32 minutes, it's jammed with radio-ready rock 'n' roll.
Sonically, it’s got more in common with the polished sounds Armstrong and his Green Day bandmates embraced on American Idiot than the group's scrappier early work. Love Is for Losers (along with the band's EP) is available on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Ashley Naftule