Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong has opened up about his father’s death on the Howard Stern show before performing the song that it influenced, ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’.
The 2004 single, featuring on the band’s American Idiot, was directly influenced by Armstrong’s father’s sad passing when the punk rocker was only 10 years old. He revealed that these were the words that he said to his mother shortly after his death/
“I think it’s something that just stayed with me; the month of September being that anniversary that always is just, I don’t know, kind of a bummer,” Armstrong said to the host Stern just moments before performing the song.
“But it’s weird. When things happen like that when you’re that young, it’s almost like life starts at year zero, or something like that.”
He also revealed that he still thinks about his late father whenever performing the track. “I think about him every day, really. I kinda avoided writing about him for many years, and then finally having a breakthrough like that felt good. It wasn’t like a negative emotion so much, but it was just kind of like honouring him.”