March 27, 2017


Green Day Recalls How Much Donald Trump Loved Their 'American Idiot' Musical

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Remember that time when Donald Trump had a blast at Green Day's American Idiot Broadway musical? Well the band definitely does, and reflected on the unfortunate turn of events of the businessman becoming this country's president. Bassist Mike Dirnt told Rolling Stone they don't want their "Fuck Trump" mantra to define them.

He explains,

"I mean, American Idiot wasn't fuck George Bush. That was a personal question that Billie was writing. 'I don't want to be an American Idiot. We're watching the fucking war take place on television for the first time in our lives and we were like, 'This is bullshit.' But it was not a Bush record. And I certainly won't give Trump the credit of saying this is a Trump record. He gets enough press as it is. But the way, he loved the [American Idiot] play."

"I'm like, 'What the fuck are you doing here opening night? That guy is at the opening of every envelope.' The thing is, again, this record isn't about him," Dirnt continued. "We were in Paris and the election was going one way; we went to bed and we woke up and all of a sudden it was a different way. A lot of the songs and their meaning had an exclamation point on them at that point."

Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong also clarified to RS that he doesn't mention the president that often offstage,

"I feel like going negative is just throwing fuel on the fire. I feel like the government is trying to create a culture war between us in a lot of ways. They're trying to get between your average citizens based on red and blue. I think we're in a crisis mode right now. For me, it's important to get back to fundamentally what it feels like to be an American. We all come from different backgrounds, but we come together and create this world. It's like a microcosm for the rest of the world. I want people to feel unity when they come to a show. At the same time, I'm not going to puss out on saying what I feel about him and his administration."

Green Day has never been one to silence their views on the political climate. At the 2016 MTV EMAs, the band transformed their "American Idiot" hit into a modern version that was aimed at Trump. “Can you hear the sounds of hysteria? The subliminal mind Trump America,” Armstrong sang. A few weeks later they broke out into a cover of punk act MDC's rowdy staple "Born to Die" during their 2016 AMAs performance. They led the crowd into a "No Trump / No KKK / No fascist USA" chant.

Next up, transport to 2004 with this Fuse interview during the guys' American Idiot days: