Green Day criticizes Donald Trump at New Year’s concert

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Green Day changed the lyrics of their song “ American Idiot » during an ABC Dick Clark show.

Green Day took the stage during the show Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest and took the opportunity to call out Donald Trump supporters by changing the lyrics of their song “ American Idiot », which dates from 2004.

Singer Billie Joe Armstrong received cheers from the audience when he sang ” I’m not part of the MAGA agenda » during his performance. The original sentence is: “ I’m not part of a redneck agenda “.

American Idiot “, which the punk trio wrote in response to 9/11 and the policies of the George W. Bush administration, is one of the group’s most political songs, and although they have previously changed the lyrics to s Taking it from the right, Trump supporters were still outraged by Sunday’s performance.

Many of them denigrated the group on propaganda machine “. “ It’s sad, they are irrelevant and have a chance to play and are using it badly. Green Day has been bad for years “, one person wrote.

But Green Day has always been particularly virulent toward Trump: this summer, after devastating fires in Maui, Green Day made a bunch of T-shirts with the word “ nimrod » pasted on Trump’s court photo and sold them to support those affected by the fires. During the band’s 2017 tour, Armstrong shouted ” Fuck you, Trump! » before starting « American Idiot “.

I want people to feel a unity when they come to a show. At the same time, I’m not going to shy away from saying how I feel about him and his administration.he declared to WECB this year. There are a lot of people in quote-unquote Republican states who feel a great sense of relief when I say something like, “Fuck you, Trump.” It’s because they are part of the minority where they live and at our concerts they feel this kind of liberation. »

The band, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015, is gearing up to release a new album this month. The project, which marks Green Day’s 14th album, is titled Saviors and will be released on January 19.

(Dick Clark Productions, which produces New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, is owned by Penske Media Eldridge, a joint venture between PMC and Eldrige. PMC is the parent company of WECB US.)


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