(hennemusic) As Green Day gear up for their live return to the stage March 10 in Pomona, CA, bassist Mike Dirnt spoke with Rolling Stone about frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's meltdown in Las Vegas last fall that led to a stint in rehab.
"When Billie showed up, it was, 'You're not right. What's going on?'," explains Dirnt, about the his concerns prior to taking the stage at the iHeartRadio festival. "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."
Dirnt spoke about what it was like watching Armstrong 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," he says. "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 f**king mind.' And we were dealing with a sh*tshow." more on this story