Prior to Billie Joe going to rehab, they were promoting Uno and in such a short space of time, they did pretty much all the promotional work needed. 6 music videos, TV appearences performing multiple songs from the album, 2 main lead singles and alot of concerts around the world, so Uno got given a massive push and it debuted at #2 in most of the worldwide album charts, brilliant, everything paid off.
Dos and Tre had release dates and Billie Joe Armstrong went to rehab, yet the planned release dates we unchanged and thus the albums suffered. Dos got 1 single/music video Stray Heart and the band wasn't in the video or active to make TV appearences to promote the album and thus Dos peaked lower down the top 20 in most charts around the world.
Tre's only music video/single The Forgotten was released even before Dos and was mainly associated with the Twilight soundtrack and the promo video was stock footage of the band. Tre got Green Day's lowest chart positions of all Green Days major label albums.
Dos and Tre way underperformed, but this could have been solved this way:
If the albums were postponed and Uno was left and given it's own "era" while Billie Joe was in rehab, it'd give Warner Bros/Reprise time to calculate a plan and hopefully get the band back on track to give each album what it deserved. Green Day are due back in action by May 2013, so imagine if Dos was postponed until then. It would be a bummer to get the album later than planned, but having one album in 2012 is more than good enough, alot of bands put out 1 album every 5 years, but Green Day treated us to another just 3 years after 21st Century Breakdown.
Imagine, Dos gets the exact same treatment Uno did, 2 lead singles, 4-6 music videos, several TV appearences, alot of promotional concerts and then it gets given it's own era just as Uno did. Delaying the album could've worked out perfectly.
I suppose The Forgotten appearing on Twilight would've happened anyway, so that being the first single off Tre could work if that's seen as a single for the soundtrack rather than the album. In August, Green Day would still be active and touring the world, thus giving them a chance to promote Tre big time. It could get the same treatment, 2 lead singles, 4-6 music videos, several TV appearences and concerts.
The trilogy could have reached its maximum potential. Uno, Dos and Tre could have potentially been big hits worldwide if the band and/or record label just delayed the release due to Billie Joe being in rehab.
What do you all think? Would delaying Dos and Tre until the band is active have given them a fair chance?
Thankyou for readng.