Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has said in a new interview with the BBC that the punk trio will be taking an extended period of time off in 2014. Armstrong explained, “We’re going to Australia, doing a tour there and then we’re going to take a break. We haven’t really been doing much. So it’s just nice to kind of do some other things, y’know, when we get ready to do Green Day again, our batteries will be charged.”
Green Day returned to touring in 2013, following Armstrong’s much-publicized onstage meltdown at a September 2012 festival in Las Vegas and subsequent trip to rehab.
The group’s late 2012 release of three new albums — Uno!, Dos! and Tre! — failed to catch fire commercially, however.
Armstrong, meanwhile, has branched out into other projects, writing a new musical for Yale’s Shakespearean Theater, landing a role in the indie film Like Sunday, Like Rain, and teaming up withNorah Jones for Foreverly, an Everly Brothers tribute disc that was released last week.
He’s also still attached to the possible film version of American Idiot, the hit Broadway musical that was based on Green Day’s acclaimed 2004 concept album.