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Green Day reveal studio session with Butch Vig

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Last week, Shirley Manson tipped the rumour mill upside down by announcing that legendary Nirvana producer - Butch Vig - is producing Green Day's next studio album. Now, the band have confirmed it by posting an in-the-studio video on YouTube.

The video is - probably intentionally - poor quality in both sound and visuals. It does show, however, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong playing what looks like a Sunburst Gibson Les Paul reissue and Butch Vig giving the finger while sitting on a sofa.

If Armstrong's short bursts of noise are an indication of what to expect, it certainly sounds like a return to 2004's American Idiot, sound wise. One eager-eared MusicRadar hack thinks the last five seconds sound a bit like Muse's Knights Of Cydonia. While another points out that it's a common time signature, and actually sounds rather like Queen.

You can decide for yourself by watching Green Day's sneak preview here.

Tom Porter worked on MusicRadar from its mid-2007 launch date to 2011, covering a range of music and music making topics, across features, gear news, reviews, interviews and more. A regular NAMM-goer back in the day, Tom now resides permanently in Los Angeles, where he's doing rather well at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).