Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt has told NME that going back on the road after frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's stint in rehab is going to be "nerve-wracking," adding that the band and its crew will be watching out for Armstrong's well-being. Dirnt explained, "What I will say is backstage is going to be a lot different from now on. We'll watch for stuff getting passed around, not let idiots walk backstage, not get hammered and s*** like that. When you're in a band, everyone in the world wants to have a shot with you. But if you have a shot with everyone in the world, you'd be dead."
- Armstrong entered rehab in late September after a meltdown at a Las Vegas festival, later admitting that he had been addicted to alcohol and pills for years. The band went on hiatus for six months during his recovery.
- Dirnt said about Armstrong's situation, "It was the first time in my life I've ever been in a position of being scared for my friend's life . . . I was shocked. The first thing I did the next day was call Billie and go, 'What the f***, dude? You're in a bad place, you've got to get better.' And you know, he took it seriously."
- Green Day returned to the stage last Sunday (March 10th) in Pomona, California, playing the first of two warm-up gigs before arriving for a show at the South By Southwest music and film festival in Austin, Texas on Friday (March 15th).
- Following the South By Southwest stop, at which the band is also premiering the documentaries Cuatro! and Broadway Idiot, the trio will begin a 13-date North American tour on March 28th in Rosemont, Illinois.
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- What was the toughest situation you've ever had to face in dealing with a friend or family member going through a crisis?
- Do you feel like you did everything you could to support them and help them through it?
- Does it sound like Mike Dirnt will be doing his best to help Billie Joe?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Rolling Stone -- agree or not?
smb72 wrote: "Mike Dirnt is an amazing guy. He has always stayed true to himself and has stayed loyal to his friend through thick and thin. Not many bands or friends could have stayed together through all of the things they have been through."
Gina wrote: "Thumbs up for Mike who REALLY had his back."
Disasterpiece wrote: "Always nice to see a musician being up front and honest about a tough situation."
Christian wrote: "That is a true friend. These guys are going to be around for years to come."
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