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Green Day change song lyrics to slam politicians during show

Billie Joe Armstrong remixed his song lyrics to blast Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a performance in New Jersey on Wednesday night (28Sep16).
The Green Day singer paused in the middle of a version of anthem Holiday, a song that rails against U.S. political conservatism from the band’s 2004 album American Idiot, to speak to the audience about the forthcoming U.S. election.
Armstrong asked the technicians to turn down the lights and the band continued to play the song as he addressed the audience at the Starland Ballroom.
“You guys been watching the news lately? What do you think of our candidates for the presidency of the United States of America?” he asked the crowd, which reportedly booed. “What do you think of ‘New York’s finest,’ Mr. Donald Trump?” he asked, which was similarly met with more negative responses from the audience.
“No racism, no racism, no racism in this f**king room, I’ll tell you that right now,” Armstrong stated to fans’ cheers. “There is no white supremacy in this f**king room right now. We are coming together, tonight here in New Jersey, to call bulls**t on all the f**king politicians.”
As the band continued playing the song, Armstrong changed the song’s lyrics, substituting “pulverize the Eiffel Towers” with “pulverizing the Trump Towers”.
Trump wasn’t the only politician to get called out by the American Idiot singer. The state’s controversial Governor Chris Christie was later dubbed the “enemy” on the song Know Your Enemy.
Green Day are in the midst of an intimate club tour ahead of the release of their 12th studio album, Revolution Radio, which will be released on 7 October (16). The tour pauses in California in October (16) before heading to Europe in January (17).

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