Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has made no secret of his dislike for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, but explained in a new interview with Q magazine that he had no intention of writing a song about the former reality TV star for the band’s new album, Revolution Radio. He explained, “I made sure of that, because he inspires me to do nothing. Trump has dragged politics into the gutter, like a WWE wrestling match.”
Armstrong hasn’t completely shied away from blasting Trump through his music, however, changing the lyrics to both “American Idiot” and “Know Your Enemy” to slam him and Republican governor Chris Christie at a recent show in New Jersey.
- Nevertheless, Armstrong told us that he’s cautious about the way he approaches politics in his music: [“I’m not trying to tell people how to live their lives. I just reflect on what I see through all the chaos of social media and cable television and cable news and the chaos that goes on with anything from mass shootings to pseudo-fascist dictators. I just put it out there. It’s not really an opinion, it’s just more about how you feel lost in all of that.”]
- Green Day landed the third Number One album of its career earlier this week as Revolution Radio debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart with first-week sales of 95,000 units.
- The band’s previous Number One albums were 2009’s 21st Century Breakdown and 2004’s American Idiot.