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Pete Wentz: Green Day will always rock

Pete Wentz feels like Green Day “represents all of us” in the rock genre.

The Fall Out Boy bassist and his band mates had the honour of inducting the American Idiot singers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last weekend. The 35-year-old believes that the quartet are as relevant today as they were when they first started out in 1989.

“People talk about Green Day and [whether they're] punk rock, and it's not like they're domesticated. Green Day's threat level is very high,” he explained to Rolling Stone. “People had kind of written them off and American Idiot came out and it smashed you in the face, you know? Around every corner they've made the decision to do what Green Day wants to do, which is sometimes turning left when everyone expected them to turn right.”

Green Day consists of singer Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Tré Cool and newest member Jason White. They joined the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility alongside the likes of Lou Reed, Bill Withers and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

The Fall Out Boy stars hurried from a Saturday afternoon gig in Washington D.C. to praise their peers at the ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio that evening.

“One of the coolest things about Green Day to me is being in a working rock band or working punk rock band, Green Day represents all of us,” Pete continued. “So seeing them up there is absolutely amazing. We played in D.C. and they were like, can you guys do this? And it's a big deal. I can't think of any other band we would want to do that for.”

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