Many people will tell you that it's been decades since Berkeley natives Green Day could truly be considered a punk band. (I am one of those people, sometimes -- it's, well, complicated.)
But no matter what you think of Green Day's ascent from 924 Gilman darlings to major-label rock stardom, it doesn't mean Billie Joe, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool have forgotten how to voice dissent through music. Need proof? The band performed at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 20, and took the opportunity to make a highly unambiguous statement about where they stand on the recent presidential election, interrupting their song "Bang Bang" with a recurring chant of "No Trump! / No KKK! / No fascist USA!"
Here's a quick clip of the chant, captured on Twitter.
And here's a video of the full performance below. (Billie Joe Armstrong starts the chant at about 2:15.)
Bonus points for local punk fans: some will no doubt recognize the chant as a reference to the song "Born to Die," by 1980s San Francisco hardcore band MDC. That song begins and ends with the lyrics "No war / No KKK / No fascist USA."
Green Day's Revolution Radio, the band's 12th studio album, was released just last month. Armstrong told Rolling Stone that "Bang Bang," the record's lead single, is about "the culture of mass shooting that happens in America mixed with narcissistic social media."