Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong appeared in an interview with Kerrang! for the first time since his son Joey was accused of sexual abuse and talked about the recording process of the song ‘Good Riddance‘ from their 1997 album ‘Nimrod.’
As you may recall, Billie Joe Armstrong‘s son and the drummer of SWMRS, Joey Armstrong was accused of emotional abuse and sexual coercion by The Regrettes’ singer Lydia Night.
A few weeks ago, on Instagram, Lydia shared a five-page long statement explaining her troubling experience with ex-boyfriend Joey when she was only 16 years old. Following Night’s claims against him, Joey Armstrong made another statement on Instagram and apologized to her even though he didn’t believe everything she said was true.
Since the break out of the allegations against his son, Billie Joe Armstrong had been silent on social media platforms until a recent interview he joined with Kerrang!. However, Armstrong didn’t make any statements about the controversial claims against Joey and his relationship with a minor at the time.
During the interview, Billie Joe talked about the recording of Green Day’s song ‘Good Riddance‘ from their 1997 album ‘Nimrod.’ Green Day released their fifth studio album ‘Nimrod’ on October 14, 1997. The famous song ‘Good Riddance,’ better known with the title ‘Time of Your Life,’ became one of the most popular digital downloads of the band, even though it wasn’t released officially as a single in the U.S.
Furthermore, Billie Joe Armstrong revealed his initial concerns about the song by stating:
“Doing something like ‘Good Riddance’ was terrifying for me, to put myself out there and be that vulnerable. I thought people were probably gonna fucking hate it, you know?
However, he added how he changed his mind after seeing the reaction of the audience towards ‘Good Riddance’:
I think the way that it resonated with people, I was able to kind of go, ‘Okay, now I’ve really accomplished something that was a shift.’ And, as an artist, I felt more empowered that I could keep doing my thing without having to feel like I had to please everybody.
It’s important to never give people what they want; you give people what they don’t know they want. It can definitely turn people off, but, I mean, with me, Mike and Tré, it’s always just been this collective effort. It’s like being a three-headed monster.”
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