"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!