Green Day are in a quiet spell at the moment, but frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has his finger in all sorts of pies.
A news story from The East Bay Express was published on Green Day's official website on Saturday that states, yep, Billie Joe Armstrong is getting ready to open a guitar shop in Oakland, California. He's going into business with Bill Schneider, a long time associate to Green Day and former bandmate of Armstrong's in Pinhead Gunpowder.
Schneider has commented on the project saying: "It's only been a month since we got the opportunity... It's now at the moment where I'm getting really excited. It feels real."
The story also states:
"Schneider previously ran Univibe, an instrument shop located at the intersection of Alcatraz and Adeline, until it closed in 2001, its stock assimilated by Berkeley's Starving Musician. Schneider and Armstrong have ties to the block. 1-2-3-4 Go! Records, the independent record store and label, originally opened in 423 40th St. in 2008. When it moved in 2012 to its current location across the street at 420 40th St., the two friends helped owner Steve Stevenson build out and equip the back room for all-ages live concerts."
"Schneider, who also creates custom amplifiers as Dexter Amps, said that the shop will open with about 75 guitars on the wall, mostly culled from the personal collections of himself and Armstrong. The store will also sell amplifiers and offer full-service repairs for instruments and amplifiers."