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Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong On Playing ‘Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)’ For The First Time

James Wilson-Taylor
James Wilson-Taylor 11 December 2018 at 14.22

"You make these decisions - well, you can stay in your comfort zone or you can try doing this song..."

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong has opened up about his experience writing and performing monster hit 'Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)' for the first time.

Billie was a guest on this week's 'Beyond + Back' podcast, hosted by Krissy Teegerstrom, which features artists talking about their creative processes.

While talking about taking creative risks, the frontman recounted one story about how nervous he was getting ready to perform the acoustic track while on tour:

"I had no intention of starting any kind of acoustic thing with Green Day, and I just wrote it, it was just sort of, like, from the heart to the four-track...You make these decisions - well, you can stay in your comfort zone or you can try doing this song...just put it out there and see what happens. So, I remember the first time I ever sang it live. We were somewhere on the east coast, we're on the 'Nimrod' tour, and then I was like 'Ok, I'm gonna sing this song. I'm gonna do it'." 

After admitting he was scared ("I was like 'here comes the tomatoes'"), with the band's support Billie attempted the now-iconic track live for the first time:

"I shotgunned two beers and then I went out and did it, and it worked. And people were really into it and singing along...It was like a breakthrough...as soon as you hit that breakthrough, instantly in your mind you start going 'I can do this. What if I try playing it a little more country music? Or what if I tried using loops and stuff like that?' Automatically it gives you confidence." 

You can listen to the full interview via the link below:

Meanwhile, Billie Joe recently hinted on Instagram that he is writing new music for Green Day for a potential follow up album to 'Revolution Radio'. 2019 also marks the 25th anniversary of the album 'Dookie', which the band have been spotted rehearsing in full.

In the meantime, let's relive this huge singalong track one more time:

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