Green Day has been put on blast by Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd frontman John Lydon, a.k.a. Johnny Rotten. In a new interview with the New York Times, the punk rock legend said it was “embarrassing” that bands inspired by Green Day are still wearing “spiky haircuts” and “trying to keep 1978 alive.”
Lydon elaborated, “How many bands are out there like Green Day now? I look at them, and I just have to laugh. They’re coat hangers, you know. A turgid version of something that doesn’t actually belong to them.” Lydon went on to call modern punk rock a “caricature” of itself and “a perfect backdrop to sell a pair of sneakers.”
Green Day teased fans in late August with posts on Instagram in which they indicated that they were rehearsing some of their early albums in full. The band has not offered any hints about what the practice sessions may have entailed. The band currently has nothing on its live schedule after completing the touring cycle for its 12th studio effort, 2016’s Revolution Radio.