Green Day Star Admits The Voice Contestants Don't Know Who He Is

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day has revealed that his stint as a mentor on The Voice US has become embarrassing with contestants not knowing who he is.

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Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day has revealed that his stint as a mentor on The Voice US has become embarrassing with contestants not knowing who he is.

The punk rock frontman, currently in the UK to perform a secret gig at Reading festival as well as promoting new album "Uno!", spoke to The Sun about his experience of making reality TV and just why he chose to appear on the show.

"It's always been a guilty pleasure for me and my wife Adrienne. And I've been friends with Adam Levine since he was 16," he explained. Adding: "I was asked if I wanted to be a mentor and I had to choose between Adam and Christina Aguilera. I thought it would be more interesting if I was with Christina. "But it's hilarious as in some of the pre-recordings we've done with the younger kids. I'd be introduced as the surprise guest and they ask Who the f*** are you?' "Then Christina would say Here is Billie Joe from Green Day' and they are like What's a Green Day?' It's such fun."

Thanks for the report to Gigwise.

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    Young or not, you'd have to live under a pretty big rock not to know who Green Day are.
    Note that they didn't even call him by name in the headline... UG reporters think otherwise.
    Any fans still around from the Dookie era just killed themselves. Great work Billie.
    How do they not know who Green Day are? At least Billie Joe too it with a sense of humor, the only proper way to react to that is to laugh.
    You actually expected the contestant's to know anything about music that took musical talent to make ?
    Well... i like green day n stuff, but most of their songs are just as simple as most other music.. sooo... not that much more talent
    Just because the music is simple doesn't mean there is no talent there. Some of the greatest songs of all time are extremely simple to play. It takes talent to write music that millions of people would enjoy.
    Its punk what do you expect?
    "It's punk what do you expect?" You sir, should be ashamed of yourself.
    LedZep's actually right, punk isn't too technical with guitars and stuff. I read an interview once where one guy talked about how a kid could pick up a guitar and learn a Ramones song in no time.
    You had to read an interview to learn that? I love the Ramones, and I'm not slagging you. But any kid could play three chords. But the Ramones knew how to use them... Be it, over and over again...
    If you pick up a guitar you'll find you can't play and sing at the same time, that takes a lot of practise
    I can actually do that quite easily as long as there isn't anything strange going on rhythmically.
    I didn't ask if you could do it, I'm saying it's not the easiest thing to do if you haven't been playing long, especially in front of a huge crowd.
    There is certainly a difference between talented songwriting and technical proficiency on instruments. Not that I'm saying Green Day has either.
    plenty of talent in punk they're a tight band that takes talent to really get there but yes it is punk and it is simple as **** lol
    By all means, try get a band together and write classic songs and stamp a legacy on the history of music...
    The lyrics aren't simple...and that's what counts. Ok, maybe these new songs are more simple, and they're just trying to have more fun but their older stuff is just great. I would say that GD's in Top 10 artists of all time...lyricly (did I spell that right) speaking.
    Ok, how the **** can you not know Green Day? You don't have to be a fan. Hell, you don't even need to like rock music. How old the contestants are? American Idiot came out 8 years ago, and I can defenitely recall radios playing Boulevard of Broken Dreams all the time in the next 4-5 years. What, they are 16? 14? Even if you have absolutely nothing to do with non-club related music, you would literally have to be living under a ****ing rock not to know them.
    There's a difference between knowing a band, and knowing the performers within the band.
    "Then Christina would say Here is Billie Joe from Green Day and they are like Whats a Green Day?"
    It seems like these kids have been living under a Patrick Star sized rock the last 18 years.
    How do you not know who Green Day is? Even people who don't know what punk rock is know Green Day...
    Not a big deal, they don't listen to that kind of music. I don't listen to country, I can definitively say I wouldn't even recognize the current most popular country artists by name or appearance.
    The way I leearned what "green" and "day" was in english, was because I asked my dad what it meant when he got american idiot (I'm from Sweden if you don't get the point, these were some of the first words i knew in english). Btw, how young do they mean when they say "younger kids"? I mean they must have been old enough to atleast have heard 21 guns or know your enemy. The reason is that those kids have only heard of justin bieber and one direction, they have also most likely watched too much disney chanel. Or maybe they've they've just been living under a rock with no rock. Yeah, and as they asked WHAT a green day was (what's up with the "a", btw) it means you just sit around a whole day gettin' wasted
    Just like the show, this story is bullshit.
    agreed. i was thinking to myself it sounds bogus. you have to be in the middle of a desert for all your life no radio, no tv, nothing to do but watch the wind to not know green day here in america. heres to billy thinking he has indie cred anymore
    Bad Kharmel
    I'm not surprised when people don't know singers from bands since you hear the name of the group rather than the name of any one member, I'm just wondering what rock people were under to have never heard of Green Day
    I'd say they were sheltered suburban kids with overprotective mothers but that's actually Green Day's core audience.
    (article photo) I'd have that face too if someone I knew didn't know who Green Day are