Billie Joe Armstrong Explains the Stomach-Churning Reason Green Day's Next Album Ignores Trump

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Tré Cool, Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day perform during the “Hella Mega Tour” announcement show at Whisky a Go Go on Sept. 10, 2019 in West Hollywood, Calif.

Green Day haven't shied away from taking bold, loud swipes at presidents they don't agree with in the past on albums such as 2004's American Idiot and 2009's 21st Century Breakdown. But on their upcoming Father of All Motherfuckers album singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong said the current "nothing" commander in tweet just didn't inspire him. In an interview with Kerrang!, Armstrong explained that there are definitely political themes on the band's 13th album, due out on Feb. 7, 2020, but just no Trump takes.

"I mean, I draw no inspiration from the President of the United States, because he’s just… there’s nothing,” said Armstrong. “Trump gives me diarrhea, you know? I don’t want to write a song about it!” GD's previous album, Revolution Radio, was released in 2016, just before the election that raised the former reality star and real estate mogul to the highest office in the land.   


“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,” Armstrong said of the album's lyrics. “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…"    

Armstrong said his goal this time around was to empathize with other American's situations, explaining that he grew up as one of six kids of a trucker dad and waitress mom in California in the 1970s, a scenario he couldn't imagine anyone being able to afford now. "And that’s what scares me a little bit more – what’s going to happen to people in the future," he said. "Millennials trying to buy a home, or to have something that they can call home, because everybody’s being kicked out of their homes…"     

Green Day, Weezer and Fall Out Boy recently announced the Hella Mega Tour, which features the Interrupters in a supporting role, and launches on March 8, 2020, in Singapore, with its first North American date July 17 in Seattle. The tour is set to conclude Aug. 29 in Philadelphia.     


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