Billie Joe Armstrong On Giving Up Competing Against Yngwie Malmsteen

Green Day’s latest album, ‘Saviors,’ arrived last month. This new release marked a change in the way Billie Joe Armstrong approached his music.

In a recent interview with Guitar World, Armstrong opened up about focusing more on guitar solos in ‘Saviors,’ making it perhaps the most solo-heavy album Green Day has ever released:

“I kind of put on my ‘rock god’ hat and just started soloing a lot. Actually, I think I soloed more on this record than any we’ve ever done.”

Why The Singer Was Distant To Solos Before

The change in the vocalist’s approach to guitar solos marks a significant shift from his earlier years. At the beginning of his career, Armstrong admired the likes of Eddie Van Halen and Angus Young, yet as he grew, he found himself moving away from the solo-centric culture that defined his heroes. Apparently, Billie started to realize it wasn’t easy to be like Eddie or play as fast as Yngwie Malmsteen.

In the recent chat, he explained the reason by saying:

“When I was a kid, I loved Eddie Van Halen and Angus Young and Randy Rhoads. And then something happened where it was like you had to be in the guitar Olympics. If you wanted to play, you had to be as good as those guys and be able to play as fast as Yngwie Malmsteen.”

His Views Changed Throughout The Years

Over time, Armstrong grew to love punk and alternative music, which led him to adopt a more rhythm-focused style. But the singer said he has recently begun to blend his early guitar influences into his music, aiming to explore his full potential without fear of making mistakes. He added:

“I’ve gotten to a point where I know my limitations, but at the same time, I’m really pushing myself to be a better guitar player.”

The release of ‘Saviors’ coincided with the 30th anniversary of ‘Dookie’ and the 20th anniversary of ‘American Idiot.’ Green Day is set to play songs from all three albums during their ‘Saviors World Tour’ starting in May.