"It's been a slightly unpredictable path," Billie Joe Armstrong told a Chicago crowd already on the verge of hysteria after two hours of punk mayhem. Then he paused, surveying the surreal scene. "But I wouldn't trade it for the world."
The adrenalized singer's band, Green Day, had nearly wrapped a monumental, energy-packed assault on Thursday night – their first arena gig since Armstrong's mental breakdown at last fall's iHeartRadio show in Vegas. Rehab for alcohol and drug addiction soon followed.