The last time a Republican President was in power, Green Day had no shortage of inspiration for protest rock. The punks recalled their rock-against-Bush American Idiot years Sunday night (Nov. 20) at the American Music Awards and took to the Late Late Show last night to break down their latest protest and give a reprise performance of “Bang Bang.”
Billie Joe Armstrong informed host James Corden that the “No Trump / No KKK / No fascist USA” chant they added to the song’s bridge was completely unrehearsed. Apparently, it was inspired by a fellow band that came out of the 1980s Bay Area punk scene, albeit a few years before Green Day. “It was actually by a band called MDC,” he explained, shouting out the group known for its criticisms of capitalism and conservative policy.