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Billie Joe Armstrong: A Punk Seeks Serenity Inside the Chaos

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  • Oct 14
    Billie Joe Armstrong: A Punk Seeks Serenity Inside the Chaos

    Billie Joe Armstrong may be punk rock’s biggest triple threat: the frontman of Green Day, which was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; the co-composer and sometime star of “American Idiot,” the Broadway musical on its way to becoming an HBO movie; and the lead of “Ordinary World,” an indie film out Friday, Oct. 14.

    What he is not, though, by his own admission, is a social media maven. “I’ll try to catch up,” he said. “I get into Instagram, and the next thing I know, someone will say, it’s all about Snapchat now! It’s like, oh God, leave me in the Stone Age — I got one foot in the Stone Age and the millennium right now.”

    Mr. Armstrong’s straddled take on culture is laid out on “Revolution Radio,” the new Green Day album, and the first since 2000 that the band — including the bassist Mike Dirnt and the drummer Tré Cool — self-produced with an engineer. “It feels more independent than we’ve ever been,” Mr. Armstrong said in a phone interview.

    He’s also branching out — sort of — with “Ordinary World,” in which he plays a musician-turned-slacker dad who throws himself a last-hurrah 40th birthday party. “My thing was keeping my stubble on for the movie,” he said. “I had to make sure I shaved it in the right way, once every three days. And I wanted to show my gray that I have growing in.”

    A still boyish 44, Mr. Armstrong — who went through rehab for substance abuse in 2012 after an onstage outburst at a pop festival — is grappling with his shifting generation. The cover for “Revolution Radio” is a boombox on fire. “It’s like that feeling of what’s obsolete,” he said, “like we’re turning into a pop-culture graveyard.” He paused. “Ooh, that was good — pop-culture graveyard! I’m going to say that so many times in the next few days.”

    Full interview at New York Times: HERE

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on October 14, 2016 - 6:32pm

Billie Joe Armstrong may be punk rock’s biggest triple threat: the frontman of Green Day, which was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; the co-composer and sometime star of “American Idiot,” the Broadway musical on its way to becoming an HBO movie; and the lead of “Ordinary World,” an indie film out Friday, Oct. 14.

What he is not, though, by his own admission, is a social media maven. “I’ll try to catch up,” he said. “I get into Instagram, and the next thing I know, someone will say, it’s all about Snapchat now! It’s like, oh God, leave me in the Stone Age — I got one foot in the Stone Age and the millennium right now.”

Mr. Armstrong’s straddled take on culture is laid out on “Revolution Radio,” the new Green Day album, and the first since 2000 that the band — including the bassist Mike Dirnt and the drummer Tré Cool — self-produced with an engineer. “It feels more independent than we’ve ever been,” Mr. Armstrong said in a phone interview.

He’s also branching out — sort of — with “Ordinary World,” in which he plays a musician-turned-slacker dad who throws himself a last-hurrah 40th birthday party. “My thing was keeping my stubble on for the movie,” he said. “I had to make sure I shaved it in the right way, once every three days. And I wanted to show my gray that I have growing in.”

A still boyish 44, Mr. Armstrong — who went through rehab for substance abuse in 2012 after an onstage outburst at a pop festival — is grappling with his shifting generation. The cover for “Revolution Radio” is a boombox on fire. “It’s like that feeling of what’s obsolete,” he said, “like we’re turning into a pop-culture graveyard.” He paused. “Ooh, that was good — pop-culture graveyard! I’m going to say that so many times in the next few days.”

Full interview at New York Times: HERE

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