Latter-day punk rockers Green Day said this week they are paying tribute to the late Amy Winehouse on their new album.
Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said that although the band never met the tragic soul legend, they wished to “send flowers” in the form of a musical tribute.
Green Day launched their new album trilogy, ‘¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré!’ in the UK on Thursday amid music t-shirts and other new band merchandise at London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.
The final track on ‘¡Dos!’, is called ‘Amy’, and pays tribute to Amy Winehouse, who died aged just 27.
“Her death was a big loss. I didn’t know her but I was a fan of her music,” Billie Joe said.
“She brought the old soul and first wave of ska into a modern era. She was an unbelievable talent, so the song kind of wrote itself.”
Another tribute song appears in the trilogy. On ‘¡Tré!’, the track ‘X-Kid’ was written for a close friend of the band to recently committed suicide.
Bassist Mike Durnt said: “He just lived with his glory days behind him and didn’t realise that his glory days were now in front of him. We love him dearly but life happened.”