Earlier this week Green Day made waves at the AMAs by inserting an Anti-Trump chant into their performance of “Bang Bang.” Interestingly enough, ABC and the producers of the show had no clue the punk band were going to begin chanting “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA.” As the band notes in an interview with James Corden on The Late Late Show last night, it was an improvised version of a chant from MDC’s “Born To Die.”
As Corden points out, American Idiot was about the Bush administration, and when he asks them what they’d call an album about the looming Trump admin Billie Joe Armstrong notes they’d call it “The day after.” Armstrong continued: “We’re just as much in shock as everybody else is about this. But, I think with The AMAs it was a good start for us to challenge him on all his ignorant policies and his racism.” It actually wasn’t even the first time the band has made their negative opinion of Trump known, back in September they changed some of lyrics in “American Idiot” to mock him.
From there, the band discusses a few more nostalgic things, like what it’s like to be in their high school band as adults, and get inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. For a band that’s been putting out albums for over 25 years, it’s impressive that they’re still invested in political stands the way Green Day have shown themselves to be. Following the interview, they once again performed “Bang Bang” off their new album Revolution Radio. Watch the interview above and the performance below.