Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong explains why he wants ‘pop-punk’ to die

Frontman says the phrase is 'too singular a term for my tastes'

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has explained why he “hates” the term ‘pop-punk’ after saying that he wants to “destroy” it.

Armstrong’s band gear up to release their 12th album ‘Revolution Radio’ on Friday (October 7). The record has been preceded by its title track, lead single ‘Bang Bang’ and the newly unveiled ‘Still Breathing’.

In December of last year, Armstrong tweeted that his “mission for 2016” was to “destroy the phrase ‘pop-punk’ forever”. See that tweet beneath.


Asked about this, Armstrong has told Kerrang!: “I’ve always hated the phrase ‘pop-punk’. I think it’s a contradiction in terms. Either you’re punk, or you’re not. [The tweet] was not directed at any of the band [described this way], it’s just that it’s too singular a term for my tastes.”

“I come from a scene where every band was different from the others; it was all so diverse,” Armstrong continued. “No two bands sounded the same. No-one was jumping on one particular sound. We were all different. Every good band was into what other good band were doing, and it didn’t matter that these bands were very different from one another. In fact, it was important that we were different from one another.”

“And now we have pop-punk. And I hate that phrase. It lacks diversity.”


Meanwhile, Green Day are set for a huge London gig in summer 2017, having been announced to headline Barclaycard’s British Summer Time in Hyde Park.

“London in the summer, us and tens of thousands of fans having the biggest party in one of the world’s most legendary venues,” said Armstrong. “We have the best year to look forward to and this has just made it extra special.”

Green Day will headline British Summer Time Festival at Hyde Park in London on Saturday 1 July. A full line-up of support acts is yet to be announced. Tickets are on general sale from 9am on Friday 7 October.