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.
Check out Corden’s interview below, which also got bassist Mike Dirnt talking about the band’s early years and drummer Tré Cool discussing… Walmart.
And below, watch Green Day give yet another rocking television performance of “Bang Bang,” the lead single from their 2016 album Revolution Radio, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.