"There are a lot of bands who claim to be punk and they only play the music, they have no clue what it's all about. It's a lifestyle. It's not about popularity and all that crap."
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."Billie Joe Armstrong on Bob Marley
"If music be the food of love, play on."Billie Joe Armstrong on William Shakespeare
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."Billie Joe Armstrong on Plato
"Without music, life would be a mistake."Billie Joe Armstrong on Friedrich Nietzsche
"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water."Billie Joe Armstrong on Ray Charles
"The things that people do now in sports, you can't even believe. These are complete total athletes. To see what human beings can do in the highest level is amazing."
"I'd love to go to art school. I'd love to learn how to draw. I'd love to be fluent in Spanish. I'd like to be a brain surgeon."
"A lot of punk rock is not going to be in the mainstream. It's below the radar. The beauty of it is that you're not supposed to always know. It's subterranean."
"Set lists are tough because you come up with this structure of how the songs are going to go from one to the next, but at the same time, you have to be spontaneous and take requests and change the set list at the drop of a hat."
"I'm a father. It isn't just my life any more. I don't want my kid finding bottles in the house or seeing his father completely smashed."
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