Trump is the hidden monster in Green Day’s updated take on They Live

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There’s never been anything subtle about the politics of Green Day, a band that released its punk-pop screed American Idiot right at the heart of the second Bush era. That “Wake up, dummies” willingness to bash fans over the head with the band’s message is something Billie Joe Armstrong and co. share with John…

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This year’s Global Citizen Fest got appropriately political

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The annual Global Citizen Festival held in New York’s Central Park is always a political event, at least in the depressing sense that calling for people to join together and help end global poverty is “political,” but this year’s event on Saturday night went a bit further than normal. As reported by Entertainment

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Green Day Bassist Mike Dirnt Chops Price on Montecito Beach House (EXCLUSIVE)

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SELLER: Mike Dirnt LOCATION: Montecito, CA PRICE: $4,050,000 SIZE: 1,186 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Mike Dirnt, founding member and lead bassist for the venerable pop-punk band Green Day, seems much in the mood to shake up his residential real estate portfolio that includes a quirky beachfront residence in the tony… Read more »

Green Day, Manager Pat Magnarella Part After 21 Years (EXCLUSIVE)

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Green Day has parted ways with Pat Magnarella, the band’s manager since 1996, Variety has learned. According to a source, the trio — comprised of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool — is set to sign with Jonathan Daniel at Crush Music, home to Sia, Fall Out Boy, and Lorde, among others. Reached… Read more »

Billie Joe Armstrong ‘Heartbroken’ for Witnesses of Acrobat’s Death During Music Fest

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Green Day vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong issued a statement Sunday about the death of acrobat Pedro Aunion Monroy Saturday night at the Mad Cool Festival in Spain, which the punk band headlined. Armstrong explained that the band had started its set without knowing beforehand of Monroy’s death, and offered their condolences to the acrobat’s family.

“If we had known prior to our performance we most likely would not have played at all,” Armstrong wrote. “We are not heartless people. The safety and well being at any of our concerts absolutely comes first.”

According to witnesses, Monroy died after falling over 100 feet from a box lifted in the air by a crane. The acrobat was pronounced dead at the scene, and Green Day was not informed of the incident until after their set.

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Read Armstrong’s full statement, which was posted on Green Day’s website, below

“Last night at the Mad Cool festival in Spain there was a horrific accident. An acrobat by the name of Pedro was killed during his performance before Green Day played our show. We are so sad for Pedro and his family and we pray for them in this time of grief. I can’t imagine how much suffering the friends and family are going through.

Many of you are wondering why we continued to play our show after the accident. Green Day did not hear about the accident until after our show was over. We didn’t even know there was an acrobat performance at all. these festivals are huge. There are so many things happening at the same time it’s impossible to keep up with every performer/artist.

We were in a back stage compound about a half mile away from the main festival stage. We were warming up ready to go at 11:25 pm. 15 minutes prior our tour management was told by local authorities to wait to go on stage because there was some sort of security issue. Security issues are a normal occurrence and procedure at any show. we were NOT told why which is also normal. we waited as we were instructed. Still, we had no clue there was any such accident. We were given the ok. The band jumped into vans and drove to the main festival stage. This was to be the last show of our European tour and we were all so excited to play our hearts out one last time. We were on stage at around midnight and played around two and a half hours. Everything seemed normal. The crowd and fans had a good time. We got off stage and drove back to our artist compound. It was there when we were told the shocking news about Pedro.

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All of us were in disbelief. I don’t know why the authorities chose not to tell us about the accident before our concert. All we know is what was said after our concert. This has never happened in the 30 years Green Day have been performing live. If we had known prior to our performance we most likely would not have played at all. We are not heartless people. The safety and well being at any of our concerts absolutely comes first. What happened to Pedro is unthinkable. Once again we are heartbroken for his friends and family.

We are also shocked and heartbroken for anyone that had to witness this tragedy.

Billie Joe Armstrong

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Billie Joe Armstrong has issued a statement regarding an acrobat who died performing at the Mad Cool Festival in Spain Saturday night. Pedro Aunion Monroy fell to his death prior to Green Day taking the stage, but Armstrong and his bandmates were not informed of the tragedy until after their set was finished. In the… Read more »

Abramorama Turns Up Green Day-Produced Punk Docu ‘Turn It Around’

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Indie distributor Abramorama and band Green Day are teaming to distribute Turn It Around: The Story Of East Bay Punk, a feature documentary directed by Corbett Redford and executive produced by the band. The docu centers on the fertile punk scene in the San Francisco Bay area in the late 1970s and ’80s especially at the 924 Gilman Street music collective in Berkeley, which helped launch Green Day, Rancid and others. Iggy Pop narrates and Redford and Anthony Marchitiello…

Anti-Trump Playlist: 9 Songs Against the New President (Videos)

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Donald Trump is entering the Oval Office with the lowest approval rating of any incoming president since Jimmy Carter. Millions nationwide will march against him the day after he is inaugurated. There’s a lot of rage going around, and it’s being reflected in our music. Here’s a playlist of anti-Trump anthems that have been created since DJT began his road to the White House.

Green Day turned the president into a monster in the lyric video for their latest single, “Troubled Times.” The last Republican president inspired Green Day to make “American Idiot.” Who knows what they will make in the the next four years.

Anohni collaborated with the experimental sister duo CocoRosie to create “Smoke ‘Em Out,” a song they hope will serve as a call to the “weary-disappointed hearts of so many crest-fallen citizens.” Don’t think that Anohni is an Obama fan anymore, though. She wrote a song about her disillusionment with the President of Hope.

In the days leading up to the inauguration, Fiona Apple promoted the National Women’s March with “Tiny Hands,” a song that features a chant that Apple wants to be yelled out at The March: “We don’t want your tiny hands anywhere near our underpants!”

Though they never mention the president, A Tribe Called Quest’s latest single “We The People…” clearly calls out the xenophobic rhetoric that became so prevalent in 2016. Sample lyrics: “Muslims and gays/boy we hate your ways.”

Moby came out the day before the inauguration with a new music video for his song “Erupt and Matter.” The video includes Trump among images of riots, terrorism and Bashar al-Assad.

Trump was such a big deal that Gorillaz ended a six-year hiatus to release a song against him. “Hallelujah Money” features a Trump Tower-like lobby and lyrics that attack greed.

Death Cab For Cutie’s “Million Dollar Loan” attacks Trump’s boasts about his business track record. The title refers to the loan Trump got from his father to help start his business empire.

But by far the most rage-filled anti-Trump anthem you’ll find is Brujeria‘s “Vive Presidente Trump!”. The Spanish lyrics, told from the perspective of bloodletting Mexican drug bandits, hope for a Trump presidency “because he wants war, just like us. If he starts it, we’ll finish it.” The track ends with the sounds of the grindcore band hacking our new president to pieces with machetes. Yikes.


Donald Trump Is a Monster in Green Day’s ‘Troubled Times’ Music Video

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Green Day is not shy about its disdain for Donald Trump, and it’s on full display in the band’s lyric video for new single “Troubled Times” off the new album “Revolution Radio.”

The video, which was released Monday ahead of the president-elect’s inauguration ceremony on Friday, depicts Trump as some kind of monster (see picture above).

The mix of historical imagery from the fight for civil rights and women’s suffrage seems to suggest that the rock band thinks Trump’s presidency will usher in another era of civil unrest in America.

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“What good is love and peace on Earth/when it’s exclusive?/Where’s the truth in the written word/if no one reads it?” frontman Billy Joe Armstrong sings in the first verse. “A new day dawning/comes without warning/so don’t think twice/we live in troubled times.”

This is the band’s second high-profile attack on Trump. While performing the single “Bang Bang” on the American Music Awards, Armstrong subbed in lyrics, “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist U.S.A.”

Green Day enjoyed massive success in the past from injecting political messages into music. The band’s politically charged 2004 album “American Idiot” was its first No. 1 album in the U.S., and went on to sell 3.4 million copies, as well as inspire a hit Broadway musical of the same name.

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Watch the “Troubled Times” music video below.

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Green Day Drops Anti-Trump Chant During Performance At American Music Awards

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Injecting some politics into what is usually a rather unthreatening affair, Green Day used the occasion of their performance tonight at the American Music Awards to slam Donald Trump. During a rendition of their song “Bang Bang” off their latest album, “Revolution Radio”, the group made a slight change to the songs lyrics, chanting “no Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!”.
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Green Day Chant ‘No Trump’ During AMAs Performance (Video)

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Green Day, no stranger to political statements, chanted “No Trump” during the performance of their single “Bang Bang” at Sunday’s American Music Awards.

“No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA,” the band chanted from the stage. The line is a twist on the 1982 song “Born to Die” by MDC, which contains the line “No war, no KKK, no fascist USA.”

Green Day’s performance wasn’t the first time the president-elect was mentioned at the annual music awards show. Co-hosts Jay Pharoah and Gigi Hadid mocked Trump and his wife Melania during their opening monologue, demonstrating their impressions of the First Couple.

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“I gotta do the face right,” Hadid said before pouting her lips and putting on an exaggerated accent to mock the future First Lady’s record of plagiarism. “I love my husband, President Barack Obama and our children, Sasha and Malia.”

Pharoah followed up her performance with his impression of Donald Trump, joking that the Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson hit “Uptown Funk” was actually inspired by the president-elect. “It was all totally about me, it was originally called ‘Uptown Trump,’” he joked, with Trump’s signature accent.

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Trump was also mentioned when “Shark Tank’s” Mark Cuban and “Frozen’s” Idina Menzel took the stage to present one of the night’s awards. Menzel joked that “scary Broadway types” wouldn’t be allowed at President Trump’s inauguration after Vice President elect Mike Pence was called out by the cast of Hamilton on Friday night.

Watch Green Day call out Trump below:

No KKK, No fascist USA, No Trump!

— Green Day Authority (@GDA) November 21, 2016


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MTV Europe Music Awards Brings Out the Stars (Photos)

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Music fans chose their favorites in genres and disciplines ranging from Best World Stage Performance to Best Video

The MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) are held every year in a different country. This year, the host was Rotterdam, Netherlands on Nov. 6.

Bruno Mars debuted his new single, “24K Magic.”

G-Eazy flashed a golden smile.

Jaden Smith rubbed elbows with his fans.

Jin Joo Lee, Joe Jonas, Jack Lawless and Cole Whittle wowed the crowd.

Bebe Rexha had 15 costume changes.

The Weeknd took home the best video prize for “Starboy.”

OneRepublic performed “Let’s Hurt Tonight” while rain poured down on the stage, drenching the band.

Tre Cool, Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day performed “Bang Bang” surrounded by a fireworks extravaganza.

Shawn Mendes collected the award for best male performer and dedicated it to his “incredible fans worldwide.”

Zara Larsson was so hot she made the stage steam.

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