Green Day performed on “The Howard Stern Show”, inaugurating the show’s new studios. Before they took the stage, Billie Joe Armstrong, the band’s lead vocalist, shared how his father’s death influenced their 2004 single “Wake Me Up When September Ends”.
According to the NME, the title of the song comes from the words that 10-year-old Armstrong said to his mother when his father died.
Armstrong shares with Stern, “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,” adding, “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.”
The lead singer also shares that he still thinks about him when singing the song, sharing “I think about him everyday, 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.”
The hit is still loved and streamed by many, receiving its annual spike-streaming in the month of September.