Billie Joe Armstrong Explains The Title Of Green Day's New Album, Father Of All…

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong discusses the title of the band's forthcoming 13th album, Father Of All…

Billie Joe Armstrong Explains The Title Of Green Day's New Album, Father Of All…
Emily Carter
Jonathan Weiner

It's been two days since Green Day exploded back into life with the two-and-a-half-minute blast of Father Of All…, the title-track from their forthcoming 13th studio album.

The follow-up to 2016's 5K-rated Revolution Radio, Father Of All… is set for release in February 2020 via Warner Records, and will be the band's shortest album ever at just 26 minutes long.

But what of that title? Well, according to frontman Billie Joe Armstrong in our world-exclusive interview with the band, song names were a huge part of the creative process when it came to making Father Of All… (full name: Father Of All Mother Fuckers); in fact, many of his lyrics were based on playful titles that he'd jotted down in the notes on his phone.

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“Song titles were really big on this one,” Billie Joe explains. “We have one song called The Art Of The Deal With The Devil – Trump wrote a book called The Art Of The Deal, back in the ’80s or something. It was just these titles that make you laugh. That kind of stuff would lead into lyrics. It’s like a puzzle, just trying to put it together.”

As for why the album is called Father Of All Mother Fuckers?

“Um…” the frontman ponders with a grin. “It’s just a badass title! I think it was Kerry King from Slayer – they have an album called God Hates Us All, and someone asked, ‘Do you really think God hates us all?’ And he goes, ‘I don’t know! It’s just a badass title!’ (Laughs) As soon as the title came up, I was like, ‘Oh man, this is good.’”

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Catch Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer and The Interrupters (U.S. only) on the Hella Mega Tour next summer. Tickets go on sale September 20 at 10am local time.

The Hella Mega Tour 2020


13 Paris, France, La Defense Arena,
14 Groningen, Netherlands, Stadspark
17 Antwerp, Belgium, Sportspaleis
21 Vienna, Austria, Ernst Happel Stadium
24 Glasgow, UK, Bellahouston Park
26 London, UK, London Stadium
27 Huddersfield, UK, The John Smith’s Stadium
29 Dublin, Ireland, RDS Arena


17 Seattle, WA, T-Mobile Park
21 San Francisco, CA, Oracle Park
24 San Diego, CA, Petco Park
25 Los Angeles, CA, Dodger Stadium
28 Commerce City, CO, DICK’s Sporting Goods Park
31 Arlington, TX, Globe Life Field


01 Houston, TX Minute Maid Park
05 Miami, FL Hard Rock Stadium
06 Jacksonville, FL TIAA Bank Field
08 Atlanta, GA SunTrust Park
11 Minneapolis, MN Target Field
13 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field
15 Pittsburgh, PA PNC Park
16 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium
19 Detroit, MI Comerica Park
21 Washington, DC Nationals Park
22 New York, NY Citi Field
24 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre
27 Boston, MA Fenway Park
29 Philadelphia, PA Citizens Bank Park

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