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One of the toughest things for someone to deal with is seeing their friend from childhood going down a dark road. The Rock & Roll lifestyle can lead some to self-destruction, and for the members of Green Day, the destruction recently hit too close to home.
Fans of infamous rock trio were left wondering when the band would ‘Come Around’ after lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong sought treatment for substance abuse in the fall of 2012. The news came in the wake of Armstrong’s onstage meltdown at the iHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas.
Bassist Mike Dirnt recently spoke to Rolling Stone, and described the climate in the band both pre and post Armstrong’s rehab stint.
“We all turned a blind eye to it,” Dirnt said as he described that the band’s busy work schedule over the past decade left little to no time for personal troubles.
The scene when everything came to a head in Vegas is still a vivid memory for the bassist. “It was very tense back there. They locked us in a room for about six hours… I won’t say ‘locked,’ but I didn’t want to hang out in the hallway with everybody’s entourage,” Dirnt explained. “When Billie showed up, it was ‘You’re not right. What’s going on?”
Though Dirnt says he did actually agree with a lot of Armstrong’s tirade after Green Day’s performance was cut short, he was stunned at what was happening. He described, “I was watching my friend and going, ‘You’re out of your f----ing mind.’”
However, Armstrong’s time in rehab seems to be considered a success among the band in its entirety. As Dirnt explained, Billie Joe’s time away forced all three members to put their lives back in perspective; something they all very much needed.
Things are about to get going again for the boys who rocked the world with their Dookie record way back when. While Armstrong continues his ongoing recovery, the group’s world tour is about begin in a few weeks in Chicago on March 28th.
“I’m excited that everything is going to take off again,” Dirnt said. “I just want to make sure we get one foot in front of the other and do it right.”
To read Rolling Stone’s entire Q&A with Mike Dirnt, click here.
For more news on Green Day and the latest tour information, head over to their official website.
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