Details Magazine har en intervju med Billie Joe Armstrong i deras Maj 2011 upplaga! Den handlar bla. om musikalen, hans barn, deras uppkommande platta och mycket mer.
DETAILS: You recently finished your second stint performing in the Broadway production of American Idiot. Any plans to take the show on the road?
Billie Joe Armstrong: We’d take it anywhere that will have us. There’s also talk of a film, with Dustin Lance Black potentially writing. We’d probably do the soundtrack, and I’d play a part if it’s good. But then, the Who’s Tommy was kind of a nightmare.
DETAILS: You’ve said that, prior to recording the album American Idiot, you came to New York and did a lot of partying. Did you think about that while playing the drug-pushing character St. Jimmy?
Billie Joe Armstrong: That’s more the main character, Johnny—going from being a big fish in a small pond to swimming with sharks. I had a tendency in my past to get caught up in partying too much or making bad decisions. Stealing a limo from David Letterman during the Insomniac tour—I got into a little bit of trouble. In 2003, I ended up in jail with a DUI, and I definitely regret that.
DETAILS: You have two sons. Have you had any ”Do as I say, not as I did” moments?
Billie Joe Armstrong: I was the youngest of six, no father, so it was total chaos. I was exposed to drugs and sex early on but had no one to educate me on it. There’s an honesty in our family—my kids and I are able to talk about things without me putting the fear of God into them.
DETAILS: Has being a father changed you?
Billie Joe Armstrong: It’s hard. I’ve been playing rock and roll since I was 16 years old, and now I have a 16-year-old. There’s no better meter for knowing your age than seeing a real 16-year-old. People always think they’re so young at heart. I see my son, and I’m like, ”Aw, fuck, I feel old.”
DETAILS: There was a huge ”punk or not punk” debate when Green Day first broke through in the early nineties. You just released your 11th album, the live Awesome as F**k. Does being punk still matter to you?
Billie Joe Armstrong: On a certain level, but that’s always been a love-hate thing with me. And for the first time in my life, I realize how shit on we were by our own community. I get so mad that when I run into these people on the street, they’re lucky I don’t have a fucking knife in my boot. The only thing we ever did was realize our potential and push it. I did get nostalgic for the old days at one point, but now? No fucking way.
DETAILS: That album title, again, is Awesome As F**k. Apparently you don’t care about selling records at Wal-Mart.
Billie Joe Armstrong: The title came from when we went to Lollapalooza in 1992, when the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ice Cube were on the bill. Mike [Dirnt] was holding up a sign that said ”Ice Cube: Bad as Fuck.” Then at all of our live shows kids starting holding up signs saying, ”Awesome as Fuck.” It was a tribute to them.