Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong tweets frustration at lack of rock bands at MTV VMAs

Singer vented on social media during awards show

Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong has vented his frustration at the lack of rock bands at this year’s MTV VMAs.

The frontman took to Twitter during the ceremony, which was hosted by Miley Cyrus in Los Angeles over the weekend (August 30), to air his disapproval at the lack of guitar bands involved in the show.

“Just watched VMAs,” he wrote. “Seriously @MTV not a single young rock n roll band?” He later added in a separate tweet: “There r great up and coming rock bands headlining festivals AND on social media. what thee hell?”

You can see both of his messages below.

Earlier this year, Armstrong spoke about his plans for a new Green Day album, which will be the band’s 12th studio effort. “There’s definitely a great spirit going on,” he said. “We’ve always been pretty charged up. Before we found any of this out, I had already written a few songs and everybody was really excited by them. And then we heard about [being inducted into the Rock And Roll] Hall Of Fame, and we were just blown away. Yeah, I mean, we’re going to take our time.”

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He added: “We’re not going to try and pull off some, like, victory lap over this because I definitely want the music to come from a real place and be inspired, not just because we got honoured or anything like that, but because we’re honouring music. We want to work on them, and we want to make a great album.”

This year’s MTV VMAs produced a number of memorable moments, including Kanye West announcing his plans to run for President and Nicki Minaj calling Miley Cyrus a “bitch”. Read NME‘s recap of the ceremony here.