Green Day say AMAs anti-Trump performance is ‘good start’ in challenging President-elect

The band performed a "No Trump!" chant at the awards ceremony

Green Day have opened up about their AMAs performance, which saw lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong lead a chant of “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA” in protest against the President-elect.

The American Music Awards took place in Los Angeles. Other performers at the ceremony included Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Sting, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd and The Chainsmokers. See footage from all the performances.

The singer has compared Trump to Hitler and revealed that even some of his own family were Trump voters in the run-up to the election. Speaking to NME after the results were revealed, Armstrong said that the weight of the Republican’s victory were difficult for the nation to comprehend – and why ‘everybody is scared out of their minds.

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Now, in a new interview with James Corden, the band have opened up about the protest performance. “We didn’t rehearse it,” Armstrong explained.

“We’re just as much in shock as everybody else is about this,” he added. “But I think with the AMAs [performance], it was a good start to challenge [Trump] on all of his ignorant policies and his racism.”

Armstrong also made it clear that the original source of his “No Trump” chant, which has become popular at anti-Trump protests around the country was “actually done by a band called M.D.C. that are from Texas but moved to San Francisco years ago.” On the group’s 1982 song ‘Born to Die,’ singer Dave Dictor chants, “No war, no KKK, no fascist USA.”

Green Day return to the UK to tour in early 2017, performing at Leeds First Direct Arena 5 February, Manchester Arena (6) and London O2 Arena (8) – and will headline British Summer Time Festival at Hyde Park in London on Saturday 1 July.