Green Day say new song was inspired by Paris terror attacks

Billie Joe Armstrong admits he’s worried about being old and embarrassing

Green Day say a song on their new album ‘Revolution Radio’ was inspired by the Paris terror attacks last November.

Billie Joe Armstrong is friends with guitarist Eden Galindo, guitarist for Eagles Of Death Metal, who played at Paris club Bataclan where 95 of their fans were shot dead by terrorists.

The atrocity inspired the song ‘Troubled Times’. Armstrong told Q: “I don’t think anything like terrorism hit home right in our backyard the way it did that night. At first, I wrote it and thought ‘I don’t know if I want this on the album.’ It’s really heavy to write about and I didn’t want it to be trite or maudlin.”

The singer changed his mind following the Orlando terror attack on gay nightclub Pulse in June. He said: “When Orlando happened, I thought ‘Well, it makes perfect sense to put it on the record.’”

Armstrong also said he was surprised at how aggressive the album’s first single, ‘Bang Bang’, sounded. He said: “’Bang Bang’ is the most aggressive single we’ve ever had. I didn’t plan on it being that way. I don’t want to be the old guy saying ‘We’re going to show these young whippersnappers how it’s done.’ It was just ‘Fuck, this sounds really good.’”