Green Day Called Out Donald Trump While Performing American Idiot Live This Weekend
While Green Day won’t necessarily be taking aim at Donald Trump in their forthcoming Father Of All… album, it seemingly won’t be stopping frontman Billie Joe Armstrong from making a political statement live regarding their current president. Case in point: this weekend’s performance at the iHeartRadio Festival.
The punk rock titans hit the Las Vegas event over the weekend for an ace six-song performance, with Billie Joe switching up the lyrics to the band’s legendary 2004 hit single American Idiot in the set’s opening; instead of singing, ‘I’m not a part of the redneck agenda,’ the vocalist changed the words to, ‘I’m not a part of the MAGA agenda,’ of course referring to Trump’s infamous Make America Great Again slogan.
“It’s coming from a place of feeling like you’re out of control, and you’re not in charge of your own body anymore,” he said. “It paints pictures or vignettes of what life is like for me and for other people that, I feel like, are desperate. And I mean that in an empathetic way, where people in America have become very desperate with their situations. There’s factories being shut down, gentrification…”
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And while 2016’s brilliant Revolution Radio (several songs of which reflected the political situation at the time) was released just a month before the presidential election on November 8, the songwriter didn’t use Trump whatsoever as an influence on album number 13.
“I mean, I draw no inspiration from the President of the United States, because he’s just… there’s nothing,” continued Billie Joe. “Trump gives me diarrhoea (laughs), you know? I don’t want to write a song about it!
Watch Green Day’s iHeartRadio set below (American Idiot is the first song in the set):
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13 Paris, France, La Defense Arena,
14 Groningen, Netherlands, Stadspark
17 Antwerp, Belgium, Sportspaleis
21 Vienna, Austria, Ernst Happel Stadium
24 Glasgow, UK, Bellahouston Park
26 London, UK, London Stadium
27 Huddersfield, UK, The John Smith’s Stadium
29 Dublin, Ireland, RDS Arena
17 Seattle, WA, T-Mobile Park
21 San Francisco, CA, Oracle Park
24 San Diego, CA, Petco Park
25 Los Angeles, CA, Dodger Stadium
28 Commerce City, CO, DICK’s Sporting Goods Park
31 Arlington, TX, Globe Life Field
01 Houston, TX Minute Maid Park
05 Miami, FL Hard Rock Stadium
06 Jacksonville, FL TIAA Bank Field
08 Atlanta, GA SunTrust Park
11 Minneapolis, MN Target Field
13 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field
15 Pittsburgh, PA PNC Park
16 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium
19 Detroit, MI Comerica Park
21 Washington, DC Nationals Park
22 New York, NY Citi Field
24 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre
27 Boston, MA Fenway Park
29 Philadelphia, PA Citizens Bank Park
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According to the band’s Instagram, the exchange appears to be all in good humor.