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    Q&A: GREEN DAY'S MIKE DIRNT ON BILLIE JOE'S RECOVERY
    March 01, 2013

    "Cautiously optimistic – anxious as well," Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt responds when asked how he's feeling in the wake of the greatest crisis his band has ever known: the public meltdown of singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong during Green Day's set at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas last September and Armstrong's subsequent trip into rehab for alcoholism and addiction to prescription medications.

    "I'm excited that everything is going to take off again," Dirnt continues, referring to Green Day's return to touring in a few weeks, officially starting in Chicago on March 28th. "I just want to make sure we get one foot in front of the other and do it right."

    In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Armstrong breaks his silence in an exclusive interview. He describes in frank detail his collapse in Vegas, the dangerous habits and emotional turmoil leading up to that day, and his ongoing recovery. Armstrong also talks candidly about the state and future of his band, including the impact of his troubles on Green Day's recent triple-album gamble, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!

    Dirnt also spoke to Rolling Stone for the piece, revealing his worry for his childhood friend and their first, serious conversation together after Armstrong emerged from rehab. In these additional, exclusive excerpts, the bassist describes his memories of that day in Las Vegas, Green Days's first rehearsal with a new, healthy Armstrong and the manic ambitions and workload that nearly drove the entire band to the brink of sanity.

    Did you see warning signs, before the Las Vegas incident, that Billie was headed for a meltdown?
    We all turned a blind eye to it – "Everyone, deal with your own shit." Because we were working so hard, since [2004's] American Idiot. We haven't stopped moving forward: the [2003] Network record, Foxboro Hot Tubs, the [American Idiot] musical, the live records, 21st Century Breakdown. There is so much stuff we have written and done, in between records, that hasn't even come out. I look at it and go, "What kind of pace is that?" Anybody would crack under half of that.

    Billie is very driven. Billie is music – period. I love him for it. I'm blessed to play with my best friend and do everything I can to support this band. But there are times when we're like, "Do we really need to climb another mountain, right in the middle of climbing this mountain?"

    What was it like for you that day in Vegas, even before the show?
    It was very tense back there. They locked us in a room for about six hours. [Pause] I won't say "locked." But I didn't want to hang out in the hallway with everybody's entourage. I felt like a rat in a cage. It was a confined space with a lot of weird people around, people we didn't know wandering in and out [of the dressing room].

    When Billie showed up, it was, "You're not right. What's going on?" I kept an eye on things, and it just went progressively downhill. Me and Billie – we don't play like 12-year-olds anymore. But at one point, I was like, "Let's goof around." Somehow, we ended up wrestling backstage. I thought, "If I can just get some of this out of him . . . " But with the mood depressants and alcohol, it doesn't end up in a jovial party.

    What was going through your mind as you saw Billie lose it on stage?
    You know, truth be told, I agreed with what he said, outside of mentioning anybody else. I know that's not Billie. But the bigger side of it – I actually agreed with the rant. But I was watching my friend and going, "You're out of your fucking mind." And we were dealing with a shitshow.


    Full interview at Rolling Stone: HERE
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on March 01, 2013

"Cautiously optimistic – anxious as well," Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt responds when asked how he's feeling in the wake of the greatest crisis his band has ever known: the public meltdown of singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong during Green Day's set at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas last September and Armstrong's subsequent trip into rehab for alcoholism and addiction to prescription medications.

"I'm excited that everything is going to take off again," Dirnt continues, referring to Green Day's return to touring in a few weeks, officially starting in Chicago on March 28th. "I just want to make sure we get one foot in front of the other and do it right."

In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Armstrong breaks his silence in an exclusive interview. He describes in frank detail his collapse in Vegas, the dangerous habits and emotional turmoil leading up to that day, and his ongoing recovery. Armstrong also talks candidly about the state and future of his band, including the impact of his troubles on Green Day's recent triple-album gamble, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!

Dirnt also spoke to Rolling Stone for the piece, revealing his worry for his childhood friend and their first, serious conversation together after Armstrong emerged from rehab. In these additional, exclusive excerpts, the bassist describes his memories of that day in Las Vegas, Green Days's first rehearsal with a new, healthy Armstrong and the manic ambitions and workload that nearly drove the entire band to the brink of sanity.

Did you see warning signs, before the Las Vegas incident, that Billie was headed for a meltdown?
We all turned a blind eye to it – "Everyone, deal with your own shit." Because we were working so hard, since [2004's] American Idiot. We haven't stopped moving forward: the [2003] Network record, Foxboro Hot Tubs, the [American Idiot] musical, the live records, 21st Century Breakdown. There is so much stuff we have written and done, in between records, that hasn't even come out. I look at it and go, "What kind of pace is that?" Anybody would crack under half of that.

Billie is very driven. Billie is music – period. I love him for it. I'm blessed to play with my best friend and do everything I can to support this band. But there are times when we're like, "Do we really need to climb another mountain, right in the middle of climbing this mountain?"

What was it like for you that day in Vegas, even before the show?
It was very tense back there. They locked us in a room for about six hours. [Pause] I won't say "locked." But I didn't want to hang out in the hallway with everybody's entourage. I felt like a rat in a cage. It was a confined space with a lot of weird people around, people we didn't know wandering in and out [of the dressing room].

When Billie showed up, it was, "You're not right. What's going on?" I kept an eye on things, and it just went progressively downhill. Me and Billie – we don't play like 12-year-olds anymore. But at one point, I was like, "Let's goof around." Somehow, we ended up wrestling backstage. I thought, "If I can just get some of this out of him . . . " But with the mood depressants and alcohol, it doesn't end up in a jovial party.

What was going through your mind as you saw Billie lose it on stage?
You know, truth be told, I agreed with what he said, outside of mentioning anybody else. I know that's not Billie. But the bigger side of it – I actually agreed with the rant. But I was watching my friend and going, "You're out of your fucking mind." And we were dealing with a shitshow.


Full interview at Rolling Stone: HERE

Comments

bonnie28n's picture

I read the artical in Roling stone and view the video on youtube. Billie joe should maybe try the following, it help me when i was suffering from post trumatic stress. my home town is a tough hood...


Stack up on camilon tea, and tanton tamer tea. bubble gum, and his favroit soda. Visit a Kinosolog. and every moring and night, " i'm beautiful, i am wordy."  after 6 month that voice inside your head is starting to go away.


find a place that sells Lavender oil and blue color mix for the bath tub. yes Lavander oil hels you relax, so does color such as Blue green and purple. red, orange and yellow gives you energy. example: my dad desided to take a bath before he when to sleep. he poored red in the water. he didn't sleep that night. got about 2 hours of sleep.

✗Nuclear Girl✗'s picture

Oh Billie get well soon. You must be very proud of Mike: in life there are a lot of friends, but there are only one or two that are real, that would make whatever for you, and Mike has proven to be one of them.

✘✘romanianIDIOT✘✘'s picture

Get well Billie! BTW: thank yu a lot for this post! you don`t realise what this mean to me! I spent last few months wondering what is REALLY happening with BIllie..tha\x for letting me  know...love ya guys!

Alokita's picture

get well sunn beeejj... n all the best for ur tours ahead... ;P

Denise26's picture

Billie Joe is lucky to have friends like you, Mke, along with Tre, Jason and the rest of the guys. Hopefully with your support he'll be able to keep on the straight and narrow.  I'm sure Green Day will come back bigger and better than ever.  All the best for the gigs coming up.  We've missed you xox

pdiaz5's picture

I got my RS in the mail today and just finished the article. All I can say, I fell so hard in '94 and have been right there ever since. It was a bitch to get tix to Pomona but I wasn't going to miss your first show back. Billie Joe, you look so good on the cover and my prayers are with you and the boys. Now, I am ready to freak out to some old and new Green Day LIVE! See you in Pomona and then I'll be home ready to see you in Berkeley. All my love, Pam "The Jackal"

1luv's picture

Thank you Mike - I wish you guys the very best for the tour & beyond.