NME are reporting that Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has reflected on modern life, at a Q&A event in London this week. When quizzed on the often debated issue of mobile phones at gigs, Armstrong discussed how “Social media can be a very miserable place to be. At our shows I see lot of people holding up cell phones. You can look at a screen at home; you can look at your computer or your phone anywhere.”
Per the Daily Star Armstrong also said, “You can take your picture but let’s have eye contact, let’s have a human experience right now you can’t capture on a cell phone. […] I feel like a little more human contact is good.”
As with their music, Armstrong has been very politically vocal following the election of Donald Trump, suggesting that the results of the presidential election were difficult to comprehend, comparing it to “a death in the family” and suggesting a need for “something drastic” to remove him from office. Armstrong confinued to describe how, “Everything feels brand new right now, and pretty raw – but but I don’t think anybody was prepared and that’s why you see so much shock and outrage right now […] Nobody thought Trump would win and that’s why everybody is scared out of their minds”.
Green Day will return to the UK for a tour in 2017, following the release of their album Revolution Radio in October. The tour will begin in Leeds on February 5 and conclude in London on February 8, with a gig in Manchester in between on February 6. Tickets are available here.