Billie Joe Armstrong: 'The Road Back from Hell' in Rolling Stone
After his public meltdown at last fall's iHeartRadio festival, Billie Joe Armstrong admitted himself into rehab to battle his addiction to alcohol and prescription pills, forcing Green Day to cancel a slew of dates, and Green Day fans to worry about the band's future. The post-punk trio returns to the stage at SXSW in Austin next month, and their lead singer is now opening up about what happened during his downward spiral and how he climbed his way back to sobriety.
"I couldn't predict where I was going to end up at the end of the night. I'd wake up in a strange house on a couch. I wouldn't remember how. It was a complete blackout," he admits in the new issue of Rolling Stone. "I remember tiny things. The next morning, I woke up. I asked [my wife] Adrienne, 'How bad was it?' She said, 'It's bad'. I called my manager and he said, 'You're getting on a plane, going back to Oakland and going into rehab immediately.'" Green Day hits the road again for a North American tour on March 10 before heading to Europe in May. (WENN)