Green Day has Three New Albums Set for Release in Fall
One of Green Day's three new albums, Tre!, features a song called "99 Revolutions" that makes references to the Occupy movement and the "99 percenters." But when asked by Rolling Stone if he and the band got involved with Occupy protests in their hometown of Oakland, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said, "Um, yes and no . . . we wanted to be part of it in some way. I thought it was about working people and where we come from. But Oakland got really complicated when the anarchists started coming in. I'm not into that -- smashing the windows in a small business."
As for whether, as a wealthy rock star, he's part of the "one percent" -- the richest people in the country -- or the ''99 percent," Armstrong replied, "I feel like a 99, but technically I'm a one . . . I know that's where I come from -- the 99 -- even though I can afford for my kids to go to a good college. It's interesting: Cops are 99 percenters. Firemen are 99 percenters. That's where the anarchists are confused. This is much broader than you think it is."
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