Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong said the
mega-hit "American Idiot" -- which led to the creation of a Broadway
musical of the same name -- was inspired by the terror attacks of Sept.
"I remember seeing those planes smashing into the
World Trade Center live. Right there," Armstrong said during his
appearance on the Broadway stage Friday night with "American Idiot"
director Michael Mayer for a talkback session dubbed "Idiot
"I don't think we ever really, as a society, we
had never seen anything that implicit. It was just chaos. I was so
confused. I felt paralyzed. So the song 'American Idiot' was the first
thing that came to mind."
Select audience members of five performances last
week had the opportunity to attend the talkbacks after the show, which
also included four cast members and a few members of the shows
Armstrong, whose "American Idiot" album focused
on American society in the early part of the decade, said watching the
band's music performed on stage is a different experience from
listening to the record in a traditional setting.
“With me, Mike (Dirnt) and Tre (Cool), we are the
three pieces, and it’s like we’re fighting,” Armstrong said. “And
that’s been the main argument with the band is us fighting to hear
ourselves. [In] the show (on Broadway) the music is pulled back and the
vocals up front, it adds a whole new dimension to it – a whole new
He said many of his songs sound better when coming from different voices -- especially female vocalists.
He added, "A lot of them sound better than I do.
... They’re just beautiful singers all around. They could sing the
freakin’ dictionary. It’s amazing.”