Green DayÂ bassistÂ Mike DirntÂ spoke with Australia’sÂ The AgeÂ about the incident nearly a year ago in which frontmanÂ Billie Joe ArmstrongÂ went on a tirade at a music festival, resulting in him entering rehab two days later and admitting to a longstanding drug and alcohol addiction. Dirnt recalled, “There were doubts (about our future, but) my friends’ lives come before the band. As much as the band is part of our lives . . . we have to be healthy — mentally and physically — and what we do on stage is not easy, it carries a lot of responsibility, and it carries a lot of physical stress and mental stress.”
Dirnt thinks that the pressures of being in the group got to Armstrong, explaining, “We hadn’t taken a vacation, hadn’t looked up, hadn’t done anything that wasn’t writing music and touring. When you’re working that hard, there’s a lot of down time on the road. You can drink too much or get into sleeping pills or whatever, but at some point, you have to step up and make sure the person that you are is the (best) part of you.”
Green Day canceled all touring and promotional appearances for several months while Armstrong did his stint in rehab, finally returning to the road last March as the group resumed promoting last year’sUno,Â DosÂ andÂ TreÂ albums.
Asked about the current state of the trio, Dirnt said, “It’s pretty awesome right now. Before it was tense . . . Now we’ve had time to let the dust settle and get our s*** together, we’re ready to tour and play. (But) we’re going to take some breaks in between so we don’t kill ourselves.”
Green Day’s next scheduled shows are as part of the touringÂ Soundwave FestivalÂ in Australia next February.