Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong was in Europe over Election Day, but his Tuesday night and Wednesday morning sounds a lot like ours: “I went to bed, and everybody kinda thought the correct side was gonna win,” Armstrong told host Chris Moyles on the U.K.’s Radio X today. “I fell asleep, and at 6 a.m. I woke up choking… I look at my phone and I had 50 messages and I was like, ‘Oh, this is not good,’ ’cause usually I get like four every day. All my friends and family, everybody was freaked out because they just elected a fascist into the White House for the first time in American history. It’s all sinking in right now.”
“In light of that, treat each other with respect, and kindness, and love and… Revolution Radio,” he advised, as if it’s not going to take a couple more albums on the order of American Idiot to get us out of this mess.
“The only thing we can hope for is the Illuminati really does exist and there’s a bunch of men sitting around a boardroom table going, ‘We’re in charge, you are just a figurehead,’” joked Moyles.
“The problem is he might just be a puppet for their own agenda,” Armstrong observed. “Which, I dunno, I think that could be even scarier. Not that I’m going to go down a scary road right now.” Cliffhanger! (But of course, everyone knows Jay Z runs the Illuminati.) Watch a clip from Armstrong’s interview on Radio X here, and see his thoughtful Instagram post about the election results below.
as the outcome of this election is still sinking in i’m left wondering what the hell to do. what to think.. what to say. like the vast majority of you i want to say SOMEthing. our social progress got punched in the face. hard. it’s hard to tell if we made any progress at all.. the dark side of our better angels have spoken.. they gloat.. they cheer.. i pity them. i pity them because they have no clue what they’ve gotten our country into. or the world for that matter.. but one thing is for sure. racism, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, and xenophobes have no place in around green day and/or any green day event. as for the true angels. if you are black, white brown, of any nationality or any faith, gay, straight, trans, girl, boy, punk, metal, goth, weirdo, skin, freak, and the overall marginalized of all ages we welcome you with all the rage and love we can muster.. we stand by you. together. in love and unity forever.. and that day will come when we get off the ground and punch right back.. even harder rage and love billie joe