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Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt has told NME that going back on the road after frontmanBillie 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 documentariesCuatro! and Broadway Idiot, the trio will begin a 13-date North American tour on March 28th in Rosemont, Illinois.