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Green Day was almost too hot for ‘Idol’

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong says "American Idol" producers were so nervous the band would sing profane lyrics to John Lennon's "Working Class Hero" that the group had to record the song in advance.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong says the band was almost too hot for "American Idol" to handle during a performance on the show two years ago.

In an interview with America Online's Spinner.com, Armstrong says producers were nervous about profanity in John Lennon's "Working Class Hero." Green Day performed the song on the show's finale in 2007.

Armstrong says producers were apparently worried that the band wouldn't change the lyrics for the live audience, so they had to record the song before the show.

"American Idol" didn't return a request seeking comment.