NAMM 2019 – MXR Announce Green Day “Dookie Drive” WiredGuitarist February 25, 2019 Articles, Pedal Reviews, Uncategorized This year marks the 25th Anniversary of “Dookie” the album from California punk-rock-turned-arena-shattering Green Day. The album is considered a major turning point in Green Day’s career, pushing them further into the mainstream audience’s ears with hits like “Basket Case”, “Longview”, “When I Come Around”, and “Welcome To Paradise.” MXR have collaborated with guitarist and vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong to create a pedal honoring the album, aptly titled the “Dookie Drive.” Fans of the band may know that Armstrong’s recognizable tone comes from a combination of two modded Marshall amplifiers he’s named “Pete” and “Meat.” The pedal is designed as a way to emulate these two sounds and even combine them to varying degrees, using them as Billie does night after night. On the album, these two amps were blended differently from track to track to get the desired sound, and he still uses the amps together to this day. One is a higher gain scooped sound, the other has a cleaner, punchy midrange. The pedal uses the standard gain, tone, and volume knobs with a blend knob to tailor the pedal to your liking. The addition of a scoop switch lets you take a bit more midrange out, should that be more to your liking. It features a custom graphic of the original album art. As a long-time fan – Green Day was the band that got me playing guitar over 10 years ago – I can honestly say I’m excited at the idea of a pedal designed with and signed off by Armstrong himself. From the early demos, it’s sounding pretty promising. The pedal is due to be released in April 2019.