Make Some Noise: Green Day to release single from forthcoming Amnesty International album

May. 02, 2007

U2 confirmed to contribute exclusive track to album

Green Day will release a cover version of John Lennons Working Class Hero on Tuesday 1 May. The track, which features a sample of Lennons original vocal, was recorded exclusively for the forthcoming Make Some Noise album for Amnesty International and will be available as a download from the iTunes store and other music sites.

Green Days Working Class Hero is the third track to be made available from the album. It will build on the international success of R.E.Ms cover of Lennons “#9 Dream’ and Corinne Bailey Raes version of Im Losing You, which were released in March and April respectively.

Meanwhile, U2 have been confirmed as a last minute addition to the Make Some Noise project. The band has recorded a stunning version of Instant Karma for the album which will feature more than 20 iconic John Lennon songs recorded by an array of best selling international artists, including Black Eyed Peas, Christina Aguilera, Jack Johnson, Snow Patrol and Aerosmith. The album will be released at the end of June on Warner Bros. Records. A full track list will be available shortly.

The album aims to raise money for Amnesty International and awareness of the organisations global campaigning, with a particular focus on the current crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Green Day singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong said:

“We wanted to do ‘Working Class Hero’ because its themes of alienation, class, and social status really resonated with us. It’s such a raw, aggressive song — just that line: ‘you’re still fucking peasants as far as I can see’ — we felt we could really sink our teeth into it. I hope we’ve done him justice.”

Yoko Ono, who has generously donated all music publishing royalties, said:

Its wonderful that, through this campaign, music which is so familiar to many people of my era will now be embraced by a whole new generation. Johns music set out to inspire change, and in standing up for human rights, we really can make the world a better place.

Irene Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty International, said:

We’re thrilled to be using John Lennon’s songs in our human rights work. We hope this music will bring an awareness of human rights to a new generation. After all, human rights are what make music possible – we wouldn’t be able to create music, listen to it or dance to it without freedom of speech, expression, and association.

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