Green Day Turned Blind Eye To Armstrong's Problems

03/07/2013
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(Classic Rock) Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt admits the band were working too hard to look out for each other and so they turned a blind eye to frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's personal issues.

That resulted in his onstage meltdown last year, which sent him to rehab and derailed the band's three-album release plans.

Armstrong told last week how he'd lost control of his personal circumstances and only vaguely remembered the moment during Green Day's set at the iHeartRadio Festival in LA.

Now Dirnt tells Rolling Stone of the experience: "It was very tense. They locked us in a room for about six hours. 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.

"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 don't play like 12-year-olds any more, but at one point I was like, 'Let's goof around.' 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 a jovial party." more on this story

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