Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Draws No Inspiration From President Trump on New Album
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong said he doesn't want to write a song about Donald Trump because he finds "no inspiration" in the 45th president of the United States, arguing there's "nothing" there to write about.
In fact, the Green Day frontman joked that Trump gives him diarrhea. The musician said as much while explaining the lack of material stimulated by the president on the band's upcoming album Father of All Motherfuckers, out next year. But while he claimed there are some political nods "in there," they apparently weren't compelled by Trump.
"I mean, I draw no inspiration from the President of the United States, because he's just … there’s nothing," Armstrong told Kerrang in portions of an interview shared Wednesday (Sept. 18). "Trump gives me [diarrhea] (laughs), you know? I don't want to write a song about it!"
Continuing, the Green Day figurehead clarified of the band's upcoming album, "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. 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…"
Green Day's thirteenth studio album was announced last week alongside its title track and the band's anticipated "Hella Mega Tour," a rockstar-studded jaunt with Weezer and Fall Out Boy plotted for next summer. (The tour was first teased by Armstrong in a secret video shared online.) But while the Bay Area rockers and their bandleader have never shied away from making a political statement, Armstrong said the forthcoming Father of All... takes a more personal approach to current affairs in the country.
"It's just more about trying to [empathize] with people's situations," the singer proffered. "It's just a crazy time … And that’s what scares me a little bit more — what's going to happen to people in the future. Millennials trying to buy a home, or to have something that they can call home, because everybody’s being kicked out of their homes."
To which Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt added, "Because they decided to get educated and they spent rest of their life in debt, or they broke their arm and didn't have insurance. There's so many things."
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