In case you had any shred of doubt that '90s pop culture has had tremendous staying power, look no further than Green Day. The Grammy-winning rock trio, who made a successful transition from pop punk '90s hit makers your parents begged you to turn down to critically lauded musicians that your parents willingly went to see on Broadway, are continuing successful decades-spanning career.
The band announced in a press release on Wednesday, April 11 that they are recording three albums, the aptly titled ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!, which are slated for release on Sept. 25, 2012, Nov. 13, 2012, and Jan. 15, 2013, respectively. "We are at the most prolific and creative time in our lives," Green Day said in the statement regarding their 21st Century Breakdown follow-up album(s), "This is the best music we've ever written, and the songs just keep coming. Instead of making one album, we are making a three album trilogy. Every song has the power and energy that represents Green Day on all emotional levels. We just can't help ourselves ... We are going epic as f---!"
Though Green Day has evolved quite a bit from their '90s roots, music fans feeling especially nostalgic for the time of flannel shirts and iced tips are in luck. This summer, five of the most popular bands from the '90s – Sugar Ray, Everclear, Gin Blossoms, Lit, and Marcy Playground – are touring together to sing all their hits/make concertgoers feel incredibly old. Elsewhere, touring perennials Dave Matthews Band, who have continued to turn out music since their '90s heyday, will head back on the road, while Eve 6, the band behind your other graduation song, currently has a new single on the airwaves.
While bands like Green Day, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, and blink-182 have stuck it out in an ever-changing musical landscape, which '90s bands are you desperate to see make a comeback? (Note: "Limp Bizkit" is not an acceptable response and will not be acknowledged as such.) Are you ready for the return of The Offspring or Third Eye Blind? Or will you just hold out forever on the hope of an Oasis reunion? Are you excited for Green Day's trio of upcoming albums in the meantime? Sound off in the comments section below!