Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Submits to Time's "10 Questions"
Mon, 21 Jun 2010 10:09:52
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong submitted to the famed "10 Questions" interview in the current issue ofTime. He talks about American Idiot on Broadway and even responds to the bold question about his band's status as a punk rock band any longer, since they've rocketed into the stratosphere of pop culture, which is the antithesis of the punk rock ethos.
On how he responds to people who say Green Day isn’t punk anymore, Armstrong said, "Our main goal is to write great songs, and that comes before genre. The thing about punk is that there are purists. Once you start going outside of that, they don’t think what you’re doing is punk rock. My range of favorite songwriters goes anywhere from the Sex Pistols all the way to Lennon and McCartney. So that's what Green Day is – there are no rules." Good answer, BJ!
Armstrong also answered questions about their name, how they choose their sets lists, signing to a major label and, of course, the political responsibility of punk bands.
You can read the entire piece here:
What would you ask Billie Joe Armstrong if you have had the chance?