Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Reveals Insecurity

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(TeamRock) Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong admits that he still has moments of self-doubt when he's not doing anything after laboring over the band for two decades.

Bassist Mike Dirnt recalls how the frontman insisted the trio worked non-stop "for 20 years," practicing six times a week and treating the band "like a vintage sports car" that would rust if they didn't keep it tuned up.

But Armstrong admits his motto wasn't true - and he learned that the hard way - resorting to pills and alcohol to get through the day at his lowest ebb. He has now been sober for four years.

He tells Rolling Stone: "You can't be enthusiastic for the sake of enthusiasm. You have to get out of trying to outdo and one-up yourself all the time.

"We had to break that habit, because suddenly we weren't really being ourselves anymore. I was a little burnt out on being in Green Day. We needed to stop."

Though Armstrong has learned to take the occasional break from the band, he admits that having too much down-time can take its toll on his morale. He says Revolution Radio's first track, Somewhere Now, is about feeling "spiritually broken." Read more here.

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