The talented frontman of Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong, was recently interviewed by WMMR and revealed about what he really thinks about Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen.
Billie Joe mentioned how Van Halen changed his musical direction when he was 12. We can see that Eddie Van Halen affected Billie’s musical attitude in a very deep way. Check out the conversation below.
The interviewer asked this question:
“I’m wondering about the process of that. You do it almost every show; can you judge who can play your guitar or sing a song as opposed to those who are going to completely fail?”
Billie Joe Armstrong replied:
“You never know what you’re gonna get. Either way, if someone can’t play – sometimes you get someone that is just a complete shredder, and the crowd goes absolutely wild, and then you get someone that can barely put their hands on the damn thing, and still people kind of go nuts over it because it’s in the spirit of connecting with everybody/ I remember being a kid and seeing Van Halen play. I was, like, 12, and Eddie would come out, and I’d go, ‘God, it would be so cool to be up there and do what he’s doing.’
So I was always keeping that in mind, subconsciously that’s basically what ended up happening, breaking down the barrier between the band and the audience.”
The interviewer added:
“You were playing ‘Jesus of Suburbia’ and you brought this kid up on stage, that’s not an easy song to play…”
“It gave me the chills, that was so cool. It’s like what more do you want out of life than that? Hearing that kid, just, pure joy.
You know man, that’s why I got into this shit, you know? Music gets you high, and you could just tell that that kid was stoned out of his brain because of rock ‘n’ roll music. It’s great.”
The interviewer asked another one:
So this 10-song album, ‘Father of All Motherfuckers,’ is available on CD and vinyl. The record was originally 16 songs, but you cut it down to 10. I think at 10, it’s the shortest thing in Green Day history. I’m wondering, why you cut the six songs?
Billie started to explain:
“I think we were trying to come up with, like, sequencing a record is one of the hardest parts about making a record, so I had 16 songs, and I was putting them in sequence, and I was having a difficult time.
So then I was, like, ‘I need to just pick my top 10 favorites that I know that I know are gonna go on.’ And I was, like, ‘That’s the record right there, those are the 10 songs.’
And it’s sort of a departure of what we’ve been doing in the past because we’ve done rock operas, we’ve done concept records, we did three albums with 36 songs on them and stuff like that, so it’s the shortest album I think we’ve made since [1995’s] ‘Insomniac.'”
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