In response to this Billie Joe Armstrong situation:
I’m seeing a lot of people responding to this, but they’re coming from it from only two angles: Green Day fans who support him and Green Day “non-fans” who are making fun of him. Here’s the thing: I like Green Day, and Billie Joe’s reaction was uncalled for.
I mean, homie threw a temper tantrum. He flipped out like a six-year-old who wanted to perform for his family at the dinner table but no one would pay attention to him. When you’re a performer, and you perform at the same shows as other people, sometimes you get your time docked. Bummer, man.
People are saying this is a manifestation of his decline as a performer. I mean, maybe. He’s probably pissed because Green Day’s not on top of the fucking planet anymore like they were when American Idiot (both the album and musical) came out. But just because you’re pissed that you’re not as famous as you used to be isn’t an excuse to throw a hissy fit.
And the guitar… look, Billie Joe breaking a guitar doesn’t mean shit. Anyone breaking a guitar doesn’t mean shit. That’s not how you shock people. It hasn’t mattered since the Who. Win Butler tearing his acoustic to shreds on SNL didn’t mean anything, and neither does this.
- Shit-talking Justin Beiber is about as edgy as a butter knife.
- His time was cut for Usher. Billie Joe states he’s been performing since 1988. Usher’s been performing since 1992. Four years isn’t that big of a gap, buddy.
- How unnecessary was it for Mike Dirnt to start smashing his instrument, too?
- Ferchrissakes, dude. You’ve got kids. God damn forty-year-old dudes with kids can’t be flipping their shit on television.
In conclusion, ¡Uno! isn’t that great, temper tantrums don’t solve anything, and I still think Green Day is cool, though slightly less in light of current events.