During Sunday’s American Music Awards, Green Day used their performance of “Bang Bang” from their twelfth studio album Revolution Radio to send a message—they don’t want a Trump-run America.
The politically outspoken punk trio, whose 2004 album and Broadway musical American Idiot was inspired by the Bush presidency, have now taken on their country’s next president. Changing the chorus on “Bang Bang” during Sunday’s performance, lead singer Billy Joe Armstrong said the band didn’t rehearse before the show, which included leading the crowd in a chant of “No Trump! No KKK! No Facist USA!,” a line they borrowed from MDC’s “Born To Die.”
Appearing on The Late Late Show With James Corden this week, the band discussed their performance and thoughts on a Trump presidency. “We’re just as much in shock as everybody else is about this,” said Armstrong. “But I think with the AMAs, for us, it was a good start to challenge him (Donald Trump) on all of his ignorant policies and his racism.”
When asked what they would call a musical inspired by the Trump Administration, Armstrong responded “The Day After.”
Green Day are set to hit the road in support of Revolution Road, with the tour kicking off in January and hitting Canada for four tour dates in March.