WATCH BILLIE EILISH AND BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG INTERVIEW EACH OTHER
Billie Eilish wasn't even born when Billie Joe Armstrong shot to fame with 90s punk-rock icons Green Day, but in this video for Rolling Stone's first-ever Musicians On Musicians issue, the 17-year-old singer-songwriter has revealed that, after being introduced to his music by her older brother and musical collaborator Finneas O’Connell, she’s been his biggest fan – and she wasn't shy about telling him so!
“I can’t believe I’m in the room with the guy who was my wallpaper.”
“I was your wallpaper?”
“Yeah, on the lock screen on my phone.”
“Oh, that wallpaper. Awesome!”
In the video, Eilish explains how much she freaked when she met Armstrong earlier this year and the high-stakes pressure she felt just knowing that he was in the audience at her show. "I have never been so conscious of myself during a show than knowing that Billie Joe Armstrong was in the crowd," she tells him.
Watch the full interview below:
Despite the generation gap, it’s not hard to see why Eilish would love Armstrong’s music. The themes of boredom, anxiety, self-doubt are as relevant as ever and ones she explores to twisted extremes on her own breakthrough, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?. Recalling Finneas’ dedicated Green Day fandom growing up, Eilish remembers her brother emulating everything about Armstrong, down to the “...little undone tie and the guyliner. He was basically a downgrade of you,” Eilish says. “Well,” Armstrong says, laughing, “he’s an upgrade now.”