The rumours were true, all right – Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer are coming. The Hella Mega tour will occupy stadiums around Australia this November.
The three modern rock giants announced dates across Europe and North America last September. And now, after much rumour-mongering, they’ve confirmed Australia gets a piece of the pie too.
None of these bands are strangers to our shores, and they all do a decent job packing out arenas on their own. So yeah, we know – the prospect of seeing all three on one night is already causing heart palpitations.
The lineup holds enormous cross-generational appeal. Green Day and Weezer first made their mark in the early ‘90s, but both have powered on through until the present day. Green Day’s brand new album Father of All Motherfuckers is their 13th; Weezer’s May release Van Weezer will be their 14th.
Watch: Hella Mega Tour promo
Green Day have actually been at it for nearly 35 years and it’s hard to isolate a career highpoint. Is it 1994’s Dookie, which reestablished punk rock (albeit with a melodic core) as a force to be reckoned with? Or is it 2004’s American Idiot, a “punk rock opera” that sold 16 million copies and spawned a Broadway musical?
Or is it 1997’s ‘Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)’ which was played in the final episode of Seinfeld and is probably on at your local bowlo’s yearly presentation right now.
Watch: Green Day – Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
Fall Out Boy emerged during the emo rock boom of the early noughties, but their aspirations went beyond occupying that niche. Their commercial breakthrough came with 2007’s Infinity On High, which included emo-pop staples ‘This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race’ and ‘Thnks fr th Mmrs’.
Singer Patrick Stump then became an in-demand producer and songwriter, working with Bruno Mars, Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes and Tyga. Bassist and lyricist Pete Wentz became tabloid magazine fodder after marrying Ashlee Simpson. He’s also a successful A&R man, signing Panic! At the Disco to his Decaydance Records label in 2004.
Watch: Fall Out Boy – Thnks fr th Mmrs
Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo is an indefatigable songwriter. Hordes of fans treat 1994’s Blue Album and 1996’s Pinkerton with holy reverence, but Cuomo doesn’t seem to care much for nostalgia. Weezer released two albums last year and there’s another one due in May. But don’t worry if you’re not up to date, because songs from the Blue and Green albums still dominate the band’s setlists.
Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer
Hella Mega Australian Stadium Tour
Sunday November 8
HBF Park, Perth
Wednesday November 11
Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
Saturday November 14
Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
Tuesday November 17
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
For complete tour, ticket and VIP Experience information, visit: livenation.com.au.