Watch Green Day’s Trump-Trashing ‘Troubled Times’ Lyric Video

On Martin Luther King Jr. day, Green Day honored the civil rights leader as well as criticized President-elect Donald Trump in their new lyric video for “Troubled Times,” a track off their recent album, Revolution Radio.

“Today we celebrate love and compassion more than ever,” Billie Joe Armstrong said in a statement that accompanied the Manu Viqueira and David Rodriguez Simón-created video

The video juxtaposes images of famed protests and moments of resistance and rebellion – women’s suffrage, the Civil Rights Movement – with images of a Trump-like figure wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat spouting hate-filled messages to the masses.

“A new day dawning / Comes without warning / So don’t think twice / We live in troubled times,” Billie Joe Armstrong warns on the track.

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“Troubled Times” also contrasts the March on Washington with footage of KKK rallies, with each image a call for citizens to stand up against bigotry and tyranny.

The video ends with mushroom clouds and the specter of nuclear war.

Green Day previously made it clear how they felt about Trump during both their MTV EMA and American Music Awards performances, with the group adding a chant of “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA” to “Bang Bang.”

“We didn’t rehearse it,” Armstrong later said of the AMA performance. “We’re just as much in shock as everybody else is about this… But I think with the AMAs [performance], it was a good start to challenge [Trump] on all of his ignorant policies and his racism.”

Billie Joe Armstrong: Trump’s ‘Reckless’ Orders ‘Feel Like a Vendetta’

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong criticized Donald Trump and the president’s turbulent first week in office – a week that’s endured a barrage of executive orders, including a discriminatory travel ban on Muslims from seven countries – in an Instagram post.

“I feel like I’m in a state of shock. The executive orders Trump is signing feels like a vendetta,” Armstrong wrote. “Trump is not only taking out his revenge on the people who protested him, but also the average American that just didn’t vote for him.”

Armstrong continued, “These reckless decisions on healthcare, Muslim-Americans, immigration, environmental protection, freedom of speech, freedom of press, women’s right to choose what to do with their bodies, suggesting sending in the feds to Chicago… are signs of a man that is trying to redefine what it is that keeps our common union as Americans.”

The singer encouraged his friends and fans that are Republican to take a look in the mirror and recognize Trump’s motives.

“This is not just his ‘conservative agenda.’ It’s an all out assault on our civil liberties. His intention is to divide us as Americans,” Armstrong wrote. “Maybe we don’t agree on all of these issues, but can’t we see eye to eye on some? I have conservative/republican friends and family. I understand their point of view even if I don’t agree with it. It’s their right. It’s their beliefs. However the progressive side is just as “American” as the other side.”

Green Day previously slammed Trump during their American Music Awards performance and made not-so-subtle accusations about the president’s cozy relationship with hate groups in their recent “Troubled Times” video.

Armstrong asked his fans to respect each other and show compassion to one another regardless of their political leanings.

“I don’t think this president has a grasp on the concept of the American dream… the dream that we come from different backgrounds to come together,” Armstrong wrote. “Please don’t allow this madman to take out his revenge…. on US.”

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Metallica’s James Hetfield Was ‘Livid’ After Grammys 2017, Bandmate Lars Ulrich Says: ‘I Haven’t Seen Him Like That in 20 Years’

Metallica’s high-energy performance with Lady Gaga at the 2017 Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 12, didn’t go exactly as planned. The heavy metal band’s lead singer, James Hetfield, was forced to power through issues with a faulty microphone from the moment the set kicked off — and he was not happy about it.

“I haven’t seen him like that in 20 years,” Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said during an interview on The Late Late Show With James Corden Tuesday, February 14, as seen in the video above. “I mean, he was livid. I mean, he’s aged really well and he’s a pretty chill guy, but the first five or 10 minutes in that dressing room [were] not a lot of fun.”

Despite the technical difficulties, the band and Gaga, 30, delivered an intense performance of “Moth Into Flame,” the second single from Metallica’s 2016 album, Hardwired … to Self-Destruct. “We fought through it and, you know, with the fire and Gaga in my lap for a minute at one point, it was just … keep going, keep going, keep going,” Ulrich, 53, continued. “So we just fought through it, and a lot of people said it at least made for great television.”

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