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Billie Joe Armstrong

  • American musician
  • Born February 17, 1972

Billie Joe Armstrong (born February 17, 1972) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. Armstrong serves as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and lead guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, co-founded with Mike Dirnt. He is also a guitarist and vocalist for the punk rock band Pinhead Gunpowder, and provides lead vocals for Green Day's side projects Foxboro Hot Tubs, The Network and The Longshot. Raised in Rodeo, California, Armstrong developed an interest in music at a young age, and recorded his first song at the age of five.


There are always young bands playing in their garages. A lot of punk rock is not going to be in the mainstream. It's below the radar. The beauty of it is that you're not supposed to always know. It's subterranean.




Punk will never be dead to me. It's my life. I can never just drop this lifestyle. It embodies me.




A lot of punk rock is not going to be in the mainstream. It's below the radar. The beauty of it is that you're not supposed to always know. It's subterranean.




Punk has always been about doing things your own way. What it represents for me is ultimate freedom and a sense of individuality.




School is practice for the future, and practice makes perfect. But nobody's perfect, so why practice?




People are so damned afraid that one day they might wake up and discover that they've grown old.




There are a lot of bands who claim to be punk and they only play the music, they have no clue what it's all about. It's a lifestyle. It's not about popularity and all that crap.




If journalists ask you again and again about the same bands, you'll end up saying you hate them just because you're so fed up with being asked all those stupid questions.




I'm very monogamous.




We're not a political band. We don't want to tell people what to do or what to think. We just want to tell them to think.




A punk concert isn't fun without a pit.




For some young people, their first experience ever hearing punk rock music was playing the Green Bay Packers on 'Madden'.




What is going on in America is extreme. The youth cult, they worship youth so much it's almost paranoid. And LA is the Mecca of it all; they're taking it to the hilt.




Punk is not just the sound, the music. Punk is a lifestyle.




Set lists are tough because you come up with this structure of how the songs are going to go from one to the next, but at the same time, you have to be spontaneous and take requests and change the set list at the drop of a hat.




If you have children, you don't want to have drugs and drinks in the house. It's just not good.




In every song I write, whether it's a love song or a political song or a song about family, the one thing that I find is feeling lost and trying to find your way.




I would definitely say the Oakland Raiders are the punk rock band of football.




I'm not going to conform to some consumer need.




I sound like an Englishman impersonating an American impersonating an Englishman.




The first time that you escape from home or the small town that you live in - there's a reason a small town is called a small town: It's because not many people want to live there.




I don't want to live in an ivory tower, being the songwriter who just turns inward.




I hate celebrities. I really hate them.




I love storytelling.




I've been playing rock and roll since I was 16 years old, and now I have a 16-year-old.




The thing about punk is that there are purists. Once you start going outside of that, they don't think what you're doing is punk rock.




The things that people do now in sports, you can't even believe. These are complete total athletes. To see what human beings can do in the highest level is amazing.




If I look at my old lyrics, they seem to be full of rage, but empty. There was an emptiness in my life.




Formats are constantly changing, and there are really no rules for the way you put your records out anymore.




My brother David was a great athlete and I knew there was no way I could live up to that.




I don't want to limit myself musically. It would be really limiting if we'd neglect something we really want to do, like explore other styles of music.




I'd love to go to art school. I'd love to learn how to draw. I'd love to be fluent in Spanish. I'd like to be a brain surgeon.




What annoys the hell out of me is the arrogance of some people. They don't even listen to our music, they decided in advance that they don't like it.




The thing is, acoustic could be like a four-letter word to a lot of kids.




I'm a father. It isn't just my life any more. I don't want my kid finding bottles in the house or seeing his father completely smashed.




And you don't want to always write about politics just for the sake of writing about politics.



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