Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong performed a surprise show with Norah Jones at the intimate Bowery Electric in New York City on Wednesday night (June 25th). According to Loudwire, the pair performed their Everly Brothers tribute album, Foreverly, in its entirety. The pair released the album, a remake of the Everly Brothers’ 1958 roots record Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, in 2013 but never toured together behind it.
The disc featured Armstrong and Jones reinterpreting traditional songs like “Down In The Willow Garden,” “Barbara Allen” and “Kentucky” that the Everly Brothers first covered on the original album 55 years ago.
Armstrong said at the time that the project came together after he discovered the original Songs Our Daddy Taught Us album a few years ago. He explained, “I thought of Norah because she can sing anything, from rock to jazz to blues, and I knew her harmonies would be amazing.”
Armstrong told Rolling Stone that he was fascinated with why the Everly Brothers made the original record, saying, “It seemed so cryptic that these guys would be doing songs about death, being in jail and lost love. I liked the whole concept that this was something taught to them, and now it’s being taught to me. I thought it would be cool to pass the tradition one more time.”
Green Day has been quiet for most of the year, with the exception of their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the spring and a handful of club gigs before that.
Armstrong has also recently played a show with his son Joey, sat in with the Replacements and landed film roles in Like Sunday, Like Rain and Geezer.