Green Day’s New Album Inspired By Michael Brown Protesters

Green Day font-man Billie Joe Armstrong named Black Lives Matter as his inspiration behind their new album.

Green Day font-man Billie Joe Armstrong named Black Lives Matter as his inspiration behind their new album. (Sven-Sebastian Sajak)

Green Day’s New Album Inspired By Michael Brown Protesters

Green Day front-man Billie Joe Armstrong recently revealed that the inspiration behind their new album, “Revolution Radio,” was the Black Lives Matter protests for the shooting of Michael Brown.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Armstrong talked about his inspiration for the album as he was writing the songs just after violent criminal Michael Brown was shot. Brown was shot by Officer Darren Wilson while Brown was trying to murder him. Brown had just committed a robbery before attacking Officer Wilson. The shooting of Michael Brown helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement based off of lies about the circumstances of Brown’s shooting.

Billie Joe Armstrong explained: “I was in a car coming from Brooklyn to Manhattan and there was these protesters for Ferguson that were holding up traffic all the way back across the bridge, and so I got to where I was staying at and I could see on 8th Avenue there was all the protesters out there and I was just looking out and I wrote about it the day after.”

Armstrong then said that he went down and marched with Black Lives Matter.“I walked out and sort of marched with people a little bit but I was mostly kind of observing and seeing what was happening. It’s a trip to watch people just completely rebel against the old order or whatever you want to call it and get to something that’s more pure and honest. I was watching and there was this controlled chaos that was going on and it was happening all over the country.”

It’s ironic that protests based on a lie are cited as a way to get to something “pure and honest.” I guess the truth doesn’t matter when you are fighting “the man.”