Green Day rocker Billie Joe Armstrong credits his band's outspoken
political stance with encouraging an increased number of young Americans to
vote in November's (04) presidential election.
The group's GEORGE W BUSH-baiting latest album AMERICAN IDIOT failed to
oust the controversial leader from power, but did succeed in bolstering support
for Democrat rival John Kerry, according to Armstrong.
And the charismatic frontman admits his own morals and beliefs were
largely formed by the bands he listened to growing up.
He says, "Music has made a difference in my life and the way I look at the
world and it's been a big source of inspiration and education for me.
"We didn't expect to win the election for John Kerry, but more young
voters came out because of people like us and other artists speaking out."