Green Day have called on fans to put down their phones at concerts, arguing that “a little more human contact is good”.
The pop-punk band released their twelfth studio album ‘Revolution Radio’ in October, their first record since 2012.
Speaking at a recent Q&A event in London, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong reflected on modern life, saying: “Social media can be a very miserable place to be. At our shows I see lot of people holding up cell phones. You can look at a screen at home; you can look at your computer or your phone anywhere.”
He added, as reported by The Daily Star: “You can take your picture but let’s have eye contact, let’s have a human experience right now you can’t capture on a cell phone. Why would you want to listen to your favourite song going like this [holds arm in air] when you can just hear it right in front of you? I feel like a little more human contact is good.”
Armstrong has also spoken out about the shock victory of Donald Trump in the Presidential election – saying it feels like “a death in the family” and calling for “something drastic” to remove him from office.
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.
“Well everything feels brand new right now, and pretty raw – but but I don’t think anybody was prepared and that’s why you see so much shock and outrage right now,” Armstrong told NME. “Nobody thought Trump would win and that’s why everybody is scared out of their minds, but I think that when you get desperate and feel that you’re not heard. Already, you are starting to see demonstrations. for example there were 100,000 people in New York and there’s a lot more to come. I hope that continues.”
Armstrong continued: “I think a lot of people are grieving, it’s like there has been a death in the family. That’s what’s going on. So I know it’s really hard to laugh while you’re scared – that’s what comedians say, so most people are scared. When the smoke begins to clear, you’ll see creative people speaking out.”
The band 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.