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  • In his recent Rolling Stone interview about addiction, meltdown and hard-won recovery, Green Day singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong recalled a show in Austin, Texas in the late Nineties when he decided to stop worrying about his punk credibility and finally act like a rock & roll star onstage: to give his band and songs the showmanship they deserved in concert. It took liquid courage, he admitted – a step with distant, ultimately disastrous consequences.

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    March 16, 2013

    Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and a lucky fan he brought on stage performs at the SXSW Music Festival on Friday, March 15, 2013 at ACL Live at Moody Theater in Austin, Texas. After nearly 25 years and 15 albums, the band kicks off a new world tour this month and is the subject of two documentaries that premiered Friday at the SXSW Film Festival.

    More photos at Dallas News: HERE

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  • There was really only conclusion to be made after watching Green Day perform on Friday night:

    Billie's back.

    Vocalist-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, whose substance abuse problems landed him in rehab and momentarily derailed his East Bay punk-pop band's career, was in herculean form during Green Day's showcase at the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival.

    His vocals were on spot. His guitar licks were sensational. And, most significant, he was back to being the charismatic, playful and exuberant frontman who millions of fans fell in love with in the first place.

    It couldn't have come at

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    Billie Joe, Mike and Tre grace the stage at SXSW film festival for the special double feature screening of films at the Paramount Theatre for the world premiere of Broadway Idiot and the Green Day documentary ¡Cuatro!.

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  • Rockers Green Day make a stop at South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, before tour. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, off a rehab stint, pogoed and belted out tunes with fervor.

    AUSTIN -- Billie Joe Armstrong and Green Day have some recent experience with Broadway but they were upstaged Friday night at South By Southwest.

    About two-thirds of the way through the two-hour concert at Austin City Limits Live's Moody Theater, the band played their breakthrough hit "Longview" from mega-platinum album Dookie. Understudy Ty Ehlinger, 15, of Richmond, Texas, who attended a Green Day

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