"Because when I was a kid and going to punk rock shows, there weren’t any girls on stage playing instruments that weren’t there as a pretty prop. Girls that weren’t afraid to get their make-up smeared and look sweaty.. To be fearless and make the stage their own. It’s what gets me out of bed in the morning. To suddenly have that all taken away from me, and become ‘the wife of’, is without a doubt the most disappointing and fucking heartbreaking thing that could ever happen, because it’s exactly the opposite of what I stand for. It’s not only detrimental to me as a person, but the message that this fucking conveys to the girls that come to see us play is ‘You can work your ass off for ten years and you can be amazing, but at the end of the day you will simply be who you’re married to. Is this nineteen-fucking-fifty-three?"
Speaking of bass players, you’ve been teamed up with Mike practically forever. How much of a team is that? What would it be like if there were no Mike?
It wouldn’t have happened. Period. There would have been no such thing as Green Day.
I’m thinking especially of the trademark harmonies that tell you instantly you’re listening to Green Day…
It’s more than that. Mike and I really influenced each other. That’s the thing that bummed me out about that VH1 (Behind The Music) thing, that they barely talked about the connection we’ve had for so many years, how we’ve always been a team, how it’s always been “Billie and Mike.” When we first started hanging out on the scene, if I was ever by myself, people would come and ask, “Hey, where’s Mike?” And likewise with Mike. When he was 16 he ended up moving into my mom’s house because his mom moved to Louisiana to avoid earthquakes. I give more credit to him than I would to anybody for the success of Green Day.