Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Premieres Cover of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ Protest Song ‘Gimme Some Truth’

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Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong premiered the latest in his ongoing series of covers late Wednesday night, premiering a rendition of “Gimme Some Truth,” the pointed political protest song that first appeared on John Lennon’s 1971 album Imagine.

Noting that his introduction to the song came via Billy Idol’s punk band Generation X, Armstrong noted that his version falls “somewhere in between” that and Lennon’s original:

This is the second high-profile cover of “Gimme Some Truth” in recent months, following one from Cheap Trick back in December 2019:

With Green Day’s Hella Mega Tour with Weezer and Fall Out Boy rescheduled to next summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Armstrong has been premiering a series of solo covers for much of the past couple of months.

Prior to “Gimme Some Truth,” Armstrong hadn’t premiered a new track in a while, though Green Day did team up together for a version of Blondie’s “Dreaming”:

Some of Armstrong’s previous entries in his #NoFunMondays cover series included his take on “Kids in America”:

Other recent entries to the #NoFunMondays cover series from Billie Joe Armstrong included his take on a relatively obscure Italian song by Don Backy:

“War Stories” by the Starjets, a perhaps not well-known and short-lived New Wave/punk band from Belfast:

A tribute to the late Adam Schlesinger with “That Thing You Do!”:

And more.

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