Now that’s what you call a ‘banger’ of a song. Green Day rocked the 2016 American Music Awards, lighting up the stage by firing off a killer performance of ‘Bang Bang.’ The politically-minded punk rockers also bashed Donald Trump, chanting ‘No KKK’ about the next president!
“No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA,” Billie Joe Armstrong, 44, sang during the breakdown of Green Day‘s new hit. He, along with drummer Tre Cool, 43, and bassist Mike Dirnt, 44, rocked the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California for the 44th Annual American Music Awards.
Thought the punk rockers weren’t up for any award, they certainly won “Most Catchy Sade Against Donald Trump,” as they chant tore into the 70-year-old president elect and how he was endorsed by the White Supremacist group. This performance delivered a message and got everyone’s head banging, including those of Twenty One Pilots.
No KKK, No fascist USA, No Trump! pic.twitter.com/Lv2pRgOJJX
— Green Day Authority (@GDA) November 21, 2016
— AMAs (@AMAs) November 21, 2016
Despite the song’s fast pace and rocking sound, it’s actually a grim story about the perspective of a potential mass shooter. The song was an examination of “the culture of mass shootings that happens in America mixed with narcissistic social media,” Billie Joe told Rolling Stone.
“I wouldn’t even say I was trying to understand it,” he said, when asked about what could motivate someone to commit the atrocities of such killings as the Orlando Pulse Nightclub massacre or the countless other cases of gun violence in America. “I was just trying to figure out the character. I don’t know why someone would ever do something that horrific because I know I never would. It’s just sort of meant to also reflect the culture a little bit without sounding pretentious.”
Pretentious or not, the results clearly resonated with fans. Green Day’s 12 the album recently conquered the Billboard 200 with their 12th studio album, Revolution Radio, according to Billboard.com. The album, fueled by the success of “Bang Bang,” gave the band its third No. 1 record in a 30-year career. The band was also recently honored at the MTV EMAs with the Global Icon Award and the “American Idiot” singers bashed the election of Donald Trump, 70, to the White House as a “horrendous” nightmare.
Thankfully, this AMA performance was no nightmare. For Green Day’s fans, it was a dream come true. This marks their first AMA performance in seven years, since they last took the stage in 2009 to play “21 Guns.” Huh. “Bang Bang” and “21 Guns.” Sensing a theme here.
What do you think about Green Day’s performance at the American Music Awards, HollywoodLifers?